Fox’s upcoming two-hour live musical event "The Passion," about the final hours of Jesus Christ’s life on Earth, which will be hosted by Tyler Perry (narrating the production), airs tonight, March 20, from 8-10pm.
Set in modern day, "The Passion" will follow the dramatic and inspirational story of Jesus of Nazareth, as he presides over the Last Supper, and then is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected. The story will unfold live at some of New Orleans’ most iconic locations, 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.
Jencarlos Canela plays Jesus; Chris Daughtry is Judas; Seal is Pontius Pilate; Prince Royce plays Peter, and Trisha Yearwood is Mary.
“’The Passion’ is both wonderfully entertaining and genuinely inspirational,” said David Madden, president, entertainment, Fox. “We are so thrilled to have the multi-talented Tyler Perry join us for this epic music production. He is the perfect host to lead the cast–and viewers–through the streets of New Orleans in this contemporary re-telling of a timeless story.”
Adam Anders will oversee the musical acts.
Dick Clark productions, Eye2Eye Media and Anders Media Inc. will produce.
Will you be tuning in tonight? I’ll go out on a limb and say that this will be a ratings smash for Fox. Although maybe it’s not much of a limb.
Both Fox and NBC have seen success with recent live musical broadcasts – most recently, "Grease Live!" last night on Fox and "The Wiz Live!" on NBC a month ago, which were ratings hits for the networks. So as long as they continue to be successful, expect more and more of them. Fox checks off two trend boxes with "The Passion" – it’s "faith-based" and it’s a live musical; both are proving to be good bets currently.
Watch the final trailer for "The Passion" below: