I’m way too excited about “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” which airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC. I know every single word of that musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and have since I was a kid, and even if the production is awful, I know I will nonetheless love listening to it all over again.
The cast is well-chosen, and it pushes at least one cultural button. John Legend stars as Jesus, despite the dominance of white Jesuses in the arts and hippie Jesuses in productions of the show. Rock god Alice Cooper — who also appeared on a 1996 recording of the rock opera — is King Herod. Sara Bareilles is Mary Magdalene, and “Hamilton” alum Brandon Victor Dixon is Judas.
The event will be filmed in front of a live audience in Brooklyn, and some of that audience will participate in the show, as a crowd of Jesus’ followers.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.