John Legend Lands Lead In NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Musical’

Published: Tuesday 19th Dec 2017 by Sam

John Legend continues to build quite the portfolio outside of music.

For, having notched up impressive producer credits on theatrical offerings such as ‘Underground’ and ‘Southside With You,’ the Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winner has landed the lead role in NBC’s new live musical – ‘Jesus Christ Superstar.’

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The crooner will star as Jesus Christ in the aptly titled remake ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert’ – which airs Easter Sunday (April 1st).

Alice Cooper will also appear in the production, which follows popular TV musicals ‘The Wiz’ and ‘Grease.’

Speaking on the role, 38-year-old Legend said:

“I’m thrilled to join the cast of this production of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! It’s such a powerful, meaningful musical and I’m humbled to be part of this performance. We’ve already formed an incredible team, and, as we finish casting, I’m certain we will put together some of the greatest talents around to do this work justice.”

NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt added:

“We’re all overjoyed to have world-class musical artist and producer John Legend starring as Jesus. This score demands a singer with an amazing range and an actor with great depth, and there isn’t anyone better to bring this story to a new audience. His casting is also groundbreaking as the traditional image of Christ will be seen in a new way.”

Tim Rice, the musical’s lyricist concluded with:

“John Legend is a superstar. As a performer, his voice is infectious and effortless.  As an actor, he is believable and honest. I’m thrilled he will be able to share his portrayal of Jesus with the world.” [Source]


Kudos to John!

With over 12 years in the game, he’s clearly unlocked the key to longevity – which in today’s age, is all about diversifying one’s brand.

He continues to be a compelling musical talent and it’s awesome to see him leveraging that towards success in new mediums.

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  1. Achooo! December 19, 2017

    Congratulations! But John Legend is looking extra sweet and zesty in that pic. I wonder do he like peanut butter or bananas. Hmmmm

    • Chris December 19, 2017

      Smh. Just stop

  2. The Wig Snatcher December 19, 2017

    John is phattie bae!!!

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