Sara Bareilles has been announced to take on the role of Mary Magdalene in NBC's upcoming live adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar. The Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, which will be presented live, is set to air Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.
Bareilles joins a cast that also includes rock icon Alice Cooper, who will play King Herod, and 10-time Grammy winner John Legend, who will take on the title role. Additional casting for the telecast, which is directed by five-time Tony nominee David Leveaux, will be announced in the coming months. Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! will be executive-produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, John Legend, Mike Jackson, and Ty Stiklorius.
For the television broadcast, the legendary rock opera will be staged in front of a live audience at the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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