Alice Cooper to appear in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live!

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A new production of the musical will be broadcast on NBC on Easter Sunday, which falls on April 1, 2018.

 

The special will be directed by BBC theatre director David Leveaux. Cooper will play King Herod in the programme, as The Hollywood Reporter notes.

Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt said in a statement: “Alice Cooper, whose theatricality is the stuff of legend, is the perfect rock star to play Herod in our live production. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote a showstopping musical number for Herod, and we all look forward to the ‘King Of Shock Rock’ taking on the King of Judea.

“As the casting for Superstar ramps up, we can feel the excitement building for this brand new concert experience of what has long been considered the original rock musical.”

“Alice Cooper, whose theatricality is the stuff of legend, is the perfect rock star to play Herod in our live production,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. “Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote a showstopping musical number for Herod, and we all look forward to the ‘King of Shock Rock’ taking on the King of Judea. As the casting for Superstar ramps up, we can feel the excitement building for this brand new concert experience of what has long been considered the original rock musical.”

Cooper is a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer who has sold more than 50 million records. He has released 26 studio albums over his career, with nine reaching platinum or gold status. In December 2017, Cooper finished his world concert tour that consisted of over 100 shows on five continents. He recorded “King Herod’s Song” at the request of Lloyd Webber and Rice for the 2000 release of a cast album from the 1996 production of Jesus Christ Superstar in the U.K

 

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