Joke suggestions – OR ARE THEY?
You heard us, kittens! JCS LIVE:
“Set for Easter Sunday (April 1, 2018), NBC will bring to broadcast television “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!,” a one-of-a-kind live staging of the iconic 1971 Broadway rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.”
“The event will be executive produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.”
“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,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “Casting has just begun, but we want to fill out this classic show with as many recording artists as possible to give proper voice to what is the original rock opera score.”
It’s funny, because just last month, during the annual Playing of JCS in our household, we got to talking about it and both sort of came to the conclusion that it was only a matter of time before they wound up doing a live TV version of it. We just wonder if the hyper-politicized nature of our culture will respond well to it, or whether it’ll be a point of controversy.
And to that end, in terms of the casting question, we insist upon … BLACK JESUS.
Seriously. We don’t care. John Legend, Jussie Smollett, Drake – pick someone. Just don’t give us another blue-eyed, glossy-haired version. When we asked for casting suggestions on social media yesterday, a ton of people said Jared Leto for the title role. Absolutely NOT. If he wants to play Herod or Judas or a drag version of Mary Magdalene, he’s more than welcome to it, but no Average White Guy Jesuses, please.
Personally, we’d be okay with Gaga as Jesus, but that’s because we’re real stinkers that way.
Seriously, though, let’s hear your picks for all the main parts: Jesus, Judas, Mary M., Pilate, Herod, and so on. We have no doubt it’ll wind up being a bunch of Disney-trained barely-adults like Demi Lovato or something, but for now, assume you’ve got people like Beyonce and Adele in your contacts. Besides, there’s a distinct possibility that, with Rice and Webber involved, they may actually get a crack at some A-list cast members.
Betcha Timberlake wants in.
[Still: Tom and Lorenzo, Universal Studios]