Variety: Fox is adding a religious twist to the live musical event genre, tapping Tyler Perry to host and narrate a two-hour special about the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life.
Titled “The Passion,” the project will air live on Palm Sunday and will tell the story of Jesus of Nazareth, from presiding over the Last Supper and his betrayal by Judas to his trial by Pontius Pilate, conviction, crucifixion and resurrection.
The story will be set in modern-day New Orleans, Perry’s hometown. It will unfold live at some of the Crescent City’s most iconic locations and feature 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. A cast of as-yet-to-be-announced stars will feature a variety of popular music, arranged by music producer Adam Anders (“Glee,” “Rock of Ages”).
“‘The Passion’ is both wonderfully entertaining and genuinely inspirational,” said David Madden, president of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company. “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.”
Produced by Dick Clark Productions, Eye2Eye Media and Anders Media Inc., the project is exec produced by Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Jacco Doornbos, Anders and David Grifhorst. Robert Deaton serves as executive producer and showrunner.
“The Passion” will air at 8 p.m. EST March 20 on Fox.