Next Easter, NBC will air a live production of Jesus Christ Superstar. The telecast follows a live version of Bye Bye Birdie set to air on the same channel in December with Jennifer Lopez starring as Rose “Rosie” Alvarez.
With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, the 1970 rock opera served as an interpretation of the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’ life, with a larger emphasis on the conflict and struggles between Jesus and Judas Iscariot. Webber and Rice will serve as executive producers of the production alongside the same team behind Fox’s Grease Live! telecast.