Fox’s upcoming two-hour live musical event “The Passion,” about the final hours of Jesus Christ’s life on Earth, which will be hosted by Tyler Perry (narrating the production), co-stars Seal as Pontius Pilate, the government official who oversaw the trial and crucifixion of Christ.
Jencarlos Canela plays Jesus, Chris Daughtry is Judas, Prince Royce plays Peter, and Trisha Yearwood is Mary.
Set in the present day, “The Passion” will follow the story of Jesus of Nazareth as he presides over the Last Supper, is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected. The story will unfold live at some of New Orleans’ most famed locations.
“’The Passion’ is both wonderfully entertaining and genuinely inspirational,” said David Madden, president, entertainment, Fox. “We are so thrilled to have the multi-talented Tyler Perry join us for this epic music production. He is the perfect host to lead the cast–and viewers–through the streets of New Orleans in this contemporary re-telling of a timeless story.”
Adam Anders will oversee the musical acts.
Dick Clark productions, Eye2Eye Media and Anders Media Inc. will produce.
The musical event is set for a March 20 broadcast, coinciding with Palm Sunday.
Both Fox and NBC have seen success with recent live musical broadcasts – most recently, “Grease Live!” last night on Fox and “The Wiz Live!” on NBC a month ago, which were ratings hits for the networks. So as long as they continue to be successful, expect more of them.