Fox is set to air a live two-hour musical event about Jesus, “The Passion,” which will be hosted and narrated by Tyler Perry. The telecast will air on Palm Sunday 2016, March 20, and hail from New Orleans, Perry’s hometown. “The Passion” tells the 2000-year-old story of the final hours of Jesus Christ’s life. Casting for the special will be announced in the future, though Fox promises involvement from “today’s biggest stars” — a group which will perform a variety of popular music, arranged by executive producer and music producer Adam Anders (“Glee”). 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 (spoiler alert) is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected. The story will unfold live at several New Orleans’ 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.
Didn’t Andrew Lloyd Webber already do something like this?