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Rock Legend Alice Cooper Joins NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live

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Alice Cooper, a seminal figure in rock ‘n’ roll whose compelling stage presence has made him a must see for five decades, has been cast as the flamboyant King Herod in NBC’s staged rock concert of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE! to be aired Easter Sunday, April 1. Also joining the production is esteemed British theatre director David Leveaux, a five-time Tony Award nominee who has directed some of the most noteworthy productions in the U.K. and on Broadway, including the 2003 revival of “Nine,” starring Antonio Banderas, and 2008’s revival of “Cyrano de Bergerac,” starring Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner.

“Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” will be executive produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

“Alice Cooper, whose theatricality is the stuff of legend, is the perfect rock star to play Herod in our live production,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote a showstopping musical number for Herod and we all look forward to the ‘King of Shock Rock’ taking on the King of Judea. As the casting for ‘Superstar’ ramps up, we can feel the excitement building for this brand new concert experience of what has long been considered the original rock musical.”

A Rock & Roll Hall of Famer who has sold more than 50 million records, Cooper has released 26 studio albums over his career, with nine reaching platinum or gold status. Two of his most popular albums, “Billion Dollar Babies” (1973) and “School’s Out” (1972), reached #1 and #2, respectively, on the Billboard Albums chart. His latest album, “Paranormal,” was released in mid-2017, receiving critical praise and topping charts worldwide. In December 2017, Cooper concluded his world concert tour covering over 100 shows on five continents. He recorded “King Herod’s Song” at the request of Lloyd Webber and Rice for the 2000 release of a cast album from the 1996 production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” in the U.K.

Source: Broadway World

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