US broadcaster NBC has revealed its next live production of a major musical will be Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar.
Following on from its successful Christmas season broadcasts of star-studded live musical productions, the network giant has unveiled its plans to bring the groundbreaking musical to the small screen for one night only on Easter Sunday (1 April 2018) next year.
Marketed and promoted as ‘event TV’, the programme will be executive produced by Lloyd Webber and Rice alongside multi award-winning film and theatre producers Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Commenting on the production, NBC Entertainment, chairman Robert Greenblatt said: “As we continue to expand the profile of our live musicals, we are thrilled to be partnering with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to bring a new live staging of the iconic Jesus Christ Superstar to NBC.
“Casting has just begun, but we want to fill out this classic show with as many recording artists as possible to give proper voice to what is the original rock opera score.”
NBC’s live broadcasts of major Broadway shows began in 2013 with a production of The Sound of Music featuring multi award-winning country star Carrie Underwood. The shows (Peter Pan with Christopher Walken, The Wiz with Queen Latifah, and last year’s Hairspray with Harvey Fierstein) are usually heavily promoted and have proved to be ratings hits.
Jesus Christ Superstar Live! will be produced by Universal Television, The Really Useful Group, Marc Platt Productions and Storyline Entertainment.
Tickets for Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre are available HERE.