(FREE PRESS) — PASADENA, Calif. – Fox scored a creative hit with its buoyant, well-produced “Grease: Live” in late January. Now the network is trying another twist on the live musical with a modern retelling of the Easter story in “The Passion,” broadcast live from New Orleans, 8-10 p.m. Sunday.
“The Passion” will retell the story of the final hours of Jesus’ life on Earth in a contemporary setting that’s set to popular contemporary tunes arranged by music producer Adam Anders (“Glee”). New Orleans native Tyler Perry will serve as the show’s host-narrator.
The story will follow Jesus (Jencarlos Canela) at the Last Supper, as he’s betrayed by Judas (Chris Daughtry), put on trial by Pontius Pilot (Seal), is crucified, dies and is resurrected. “The Passion” will be produced in locations throughout New Orleans and will feature a procession of hundreds of people carrying a 20-foot illuminated cross.
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