The filmmaker will host and narrate a two-hour live broadcast of religious musical The Passion, the network announced Tuesday. The telecast will air from Perry’s hometown of New Orleans on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016, and feature a cast of yet-to-be-announced stars performing a variety of popular music arranged by executive producer Adam Anders (“Glee,” “Rock of Ages”).
Set in modern times, The Passion follows the story of Jesus of Nazareth as he presides over the Last Supper, and then is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected.
The story will unfold live at some of New Orleans’ most iconic locations, culminating in a procession of hundreds 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.
“The Passion is both wonderfully entertaining and genuinely inspirational,” Fox Entertainment president David Madden said in a statement. “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.”
The Passion hails from the Netherlands and was created by Eye2Eye Media’s Jacco Doornbos. The Dutch version has been produced annually since 2011 and has built on its audience every year since.
The broadcast will be produced by dick clark productions with Eye2EyeMedia and Anders Media Inc. Doornbos and The Passion: Netherlands’ David Grifhorst will exec produce with Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan and Marc Bracco of dick clark productions, and Anders. Robert Deaton (CMA Awards) will serve as executive producer and showrunner.
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