Fox To Air ‘The Passion’ Live Musical About Jesus Hosted By Tyler Perry
The Passion of the Christ: Fox is extending the live musical productions trend with The Passion, a two-hour musical which will air live from New Orleans on March 20, 2016 8-10 PM. Hosted and narrated by New Orleans native Tyler Perry, it will tell the story of the last hours of Jesus Christ, featuring a cast of top entertainers performing popular tunes arranged by music producer Adam Anders (Glee, Rock of Ages). The project is looking to capitalize on recent interest in both live TV musicals (NBC’s The Sound of Music, The Wiz!) and Jesus-themed programming like The Bible.
Set in modern day, The Passion follows Jesus of Nazareth and then is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected. The story will be staged live at iconic New Orleans, while featuring a procession of hundreds of people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross from Champion Square outside the Superdome to the live stage at Woldenburg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.