The Passion, a live TV event hosted by Tyler Perry, is coming to New Orleans in two weeks. The Passion is a live musical event about the last days of Jesus and his crucifixion, based on a Dutch version which has been hosted in the Netherlands since 2011. The Passion retells the story in modern day times, with modern day clothing and modern day songs. The star-studded cast includes Trisha Yearwood as Mary, Chris Daughtry as Judas, Seal as Pontius Pilate, Prince Royce as Peter, and Jencarlos Canela (Telenovela) as Jesus. Christian singers Michael W. Smith, Shane Harper (God’s Not Dead), and Gospel singer Yolanda Adams are also joining the cast of The Passion: New Orleans, with Smith and Harper both cast as disciples of Jesus.
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People posted the “first look” video on Friday and from the looks of the video, The Passion live event looks as if it will truly be an amazing event. Perry told People that “The Passion is the story of Christ told in the last hours of his life all through the streets of my hometown, New Orleans.”
“However it is told in modern-day times. It gives the viewer an opportunity to see the Word wrapped in flesh and wrapped in life that everyone will understand and I think it’s something that the whole family will see.”
“There is nothing like it,” Perry said. “What you’re looking at is something that has never been done on American television.
According to People, The Passion will incorporate stages in multiple locations around New Orleans. The cast will sing modern songs relevant to the event, such as the song “Unconditionally” that Canela sings as Jesus in the video below.
Other songs will include these songs sang by Trisha Yearwood: “My Love is Your Love,” “Hands,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and “Broken.” These songs will be included on the soundtrack for The Passion: New Orleans, which will be released on March 18, two days ahead of the live event.
Some modern-day songs that most people will recognize besides “Unconditionally” will be “Mad World” (Seal), “Demons” (Daughtry), and “With Arms Wide Open” (Jencarlos).
As in the Dutch live event versions, The Passion: New Orleans will take place in a modern-day setting, so when Jesus is arrested, he will be arrested by uniformed policemen and put into a patrol car. He will go before Pontius Pilate and the court in an orange jumpsuit.
As well as the musical being performed live at iconic locations throughout the city of New Orleans, a procession of about 1,000 people will assemble and carry a 20-foot illuminated cross from the Superdome to a live stage at Woldenberg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River. The event will follow Jesus from the Last Supper to his betrayal by Judas, and through the trial, conviction, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
The Passion: New Orleans was written by Peter Barsocchini, who also wrote High School Musical, but the original Netherlands version was created by Eye2Eye Media’s Jacco Doornbos. Music producer Adam Anders told the Christian Post that The Passion was “one of the most exciting and compelling projects that I have ever been involved with.”
“I cannot wait to bring the greatest-story-ever-told to life through music in a way that has never been heard before. To be able to create new arrangements of some of the biggest songs of all time and to create a live film score is a creative dream for me.”
The Passion two-hour live musical event will air on Fox, March 20, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Behind the scenes of The Passion
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