As of now, it’s official. The Tony and Grammy Award nominee Sara Bareilles will play Mary Magdalene in upcoming Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Bareilles has been cast as the lead alongside John Legend, who was already revealed for the part of the protagonist.
The concert adaptation of Superstar will star rock legend Alice Cooper as King Herod and was executive produced by the musical’s creators, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, as well as Marc Platt, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Legend, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius, and Alex Rudzinski.
Sara Bareilles Role in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
The Concert will Telecast Live on April 1, 2018, for Easter.
The Marcy Armory is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and will host the live performance under the direction of British theatre director David Leveaux.
Lloyd Webber remarked in a statement, “It’s an amazing delight to have a Tony-nominated composer portraying Mary Magdalene.” Sara Bareilles is not only a talented singer and performer, but also a gifted songwriter and lyricist, as evidenced by her Broadway success with Waitress.
Being able to boast “I wrote and starred in that musical twice on Broadway” is a feat accomplished by a select few.
For a limited engagement beginning January 16 and running through February 25, Bareilles will reprise her role as Jenna in the musical Waitress. Her work on the musical’s score earned her a Tony Award nomination.
The First Promotional Trailer
John Legend and the rest of the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert, a live, one-night-only television extravaganza, are currently preparing for their roles. Mary Magdalene is portrayed by Sara Bareilles, King Herod is played by Alice Cooper, and Judas is played by Brandon Victor Dixon.
The first promotional trailer for remake of the famous rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice sees the actors performing in character while singing and dancing onstage.
Bareilles, who has been nominated for six Grammys, composed and wrote the lyrics for the musical Waitress. She received a Grammy nomination and the Tony Award for best original score in a musical.
For Bareilles, “to say I’m delighted about this performance is the understatement of the century,” was an understatement. One of the greatest delights of my life will be performing these legendary melodies, which have been a part of my life ever since I first heard the score and saw the musical.
The performers and crew of this show are excellent, and it’s wonderful to see musical theatre, a form universally adored, succeed on television. As a cog in this machine, I count myself incredibly fortunate.
I refuse to accept it. Our second wedding anniversary was just celebrated. We had no idea the show would have such a lively life when we first started out on this little adventure with it.
Many thanks to our devoted audience! That’s what I keep stressing. We appreciate the unbelievable amount of help from Waitress’s legion of devoted followers.