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John Legend To Play Jesus Christ In Musical

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12:04 20 Dec 2017


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It has been announced that John Legend will play Jesus Christ in NBC's live production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar.'

Legend has been cast in the title role of the live musical which will air on Easter Sunday next year from New York.

It will be presented as an actual concert with a live audience and the production is based on the 1971 musical which chronicles the last week of Jesus's life. 

Here's when it was announced on NBC:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bless up. I&#39;m playing Jesus Christ in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/JesusChristSuperstar?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#JesusChristSuperstar</a> Live! coming to <a href="https://twitter.com/nbc?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NBC</a> this April! <a href="https://t.co/CMdD4TPN7h">pic.twitter.com/CMdD4TPN7h</a></p>&mdash; John Legend (@johnlegend) <a href="https://twitter.com/johnlegend/status/943186838625198080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 19, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Andrew Lloyd Webber, the original composer of the musical took to Twitter to announce the news:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are thrilled to have <a href="https://twitter.com/johnlegend?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@johnlegend</a> join us as Jesus for <a href="https://twitter.com/JCSTheMusical?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JCSTheMusical</a> Live! this Easter <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamALW?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TeamALW</a> <a href="https://t.co/dvTmlhgMCC">https://t.co/dvTmlhgMCC</a></p>&mdash; Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) <a href="https://twitter.com/OfficialALW/status/943110799702102016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 19, 2017</a></blockquote>
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And of course, John's other half, Chrissy Teigen couldn't help herself:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">How are they gonna fit u in the manger</p>&mdash; christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) <a href="https://twitter.com/chrissyteigen/status/943198509720674305?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 19, 2017</a></blockquote>
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