The production will air live on Easter Sunday 2018 and is being executive produced by the musical’s creators Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice as well as Marc Platt, Craig Zadan, and Neil Meron.
“As we continue to expand the profile of our live musicals, we are thrilled to be partnering with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to bring a new live staging of the iconic Jesus Christ Superstar to NBC,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “Casting has just begun, but we want to fill out this classic show with as many recording artists as possible to give proper voice to what is the original rock opera score.”
NBC has a history of sticking with musical classics. The network kickstarted the live musical craze in 2013 with The Sound of Music Live! and followed that up with Peter Pan Live! in 2014. It went on to debut The Wiz Live! in 2015 and Hairspray Live! in 2016.