NBC’s next live musical Bye Bye Birdie, starring Jennifer Lopez, isn’t going to terrorize our ears until later this year and so who knows if it’s going to be a flop or not. But NBC doesn’t care about that and has already picked out its next live musical. They will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus by doing Jesus Christ Superstar Live on Easter Sunday, which falls on April 1, 2018. Yes, NBC is doing Jesus Christ Superstar Live on Easter, which is also April Fool’s Day. That’s perfect wrapped in another layer of perfect and sprinkled with even more perfect. And no, I didn’t screw up the header pic. That’s not a picture of a hipster getting escorted out of Burning Man’s Gayborhood after acting a fool. It’s a picture of Ted Neeley as Jesus in the Jesus Christ Superstar movie from 1973.
NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement that was posted by TVLine that they’ve already started casting and are focusing on “recording stars.” He also said this:
“As we continue to expand the profile of our live musicals, we are thrilled to be partnering with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to bring a new live staging of the iconic Jesus Christ Superstar to NBC.”
Last year, Fox committed a blasphemous sin by sharting out The Passion. That was the worst thing that ever happened to Jesus! So if Jesus Christ Superstar Live is a mess, which it will be, expect the second coming, because he won’t be able to take it anymore. Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead and we repay him with messy TV musicals about him?!
As for casting, they’re probably going to cast everybody from The Voice (I can’t wait for Miley Cyrus’ Pontius Pilate,) but NBC needs to try to get Madonna to take a role. Jesus, Mary, Judas, any role! Because Patti LuPone hates Madge’s acting, she can’t stand NBC’s live musicals and she’s really not into Andrew Lloyd Webber after he did her wrong. So if those three things came together, Patti’s review of it would be so legendary that I’d want it etched onto my tombstone.
Pic: Universal Pictures