It makes sense that modern musical theater directors would look to established singers when casting their latest productions, so it’s not initially surprising to here Alice Cooper has been attached to an upcoming performance. What might be surprising, though, is the particular production: The religious-themed, Andrew Lloyd Webber classic Jesus Christ Superstar.
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Though he’s not playing the titular messiah, his part is nonetheless a departure from how we normally see Mr. Cooper. The groundbreaking shock-rocker will be playing King Herod.
Rock ’n’ roll icon Alice Cooper has been cast as the flamboyant King Herod in NBC’s staged rock concert of Jesus Christ Superstar Live! Also joining the special, which will air on Easter Sunday, April 1, is British theatre director David Leveaux, a five-time Tony Award nominee.
“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 of NBC Entertainment. “Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote a show-stopping 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.”
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