The rocker Alice Cooper will be King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar Live!
Jesus Christ Superstar Live! it is a project of NBC that will see the light on April 1, 2018, during the Easter Sunday, and to his help there will be David Leveaux, nominated for 5 times for the Tony Awards.
Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment, commented on the choice of Alice Cooper as part of the cast of the musical:
Alice Cooper, whose theatrical is now legendary, rock star perfect to play Herod in our live production.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice have written a number of music of great impact for Herod, and we look forward that the ' King of Shock Rock” dress in the clothes of the King of Judea.
Cooper is part of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and in his long career, his albums have sold 50 million copies.
The artist has released 26 studio albums, 9 of which were certified platinum or gold and has engraved the song “King Herod's Song” on the request of Lloyd Webber and Rice, in the occasion of the publication, in 2000, an album drawn from the production of the 1996 Jesus Christ Superstar in the Uk.
The songs composed by the musician have also been included in numerous soundtracks of films and television shows, the most recent of which are the Glow series of Netflix and Vinyl HBO.
Alice Cooper has appeared in over 24 different production, including movies like the remake of Tim Burton's Dark Shadows and the cast of the Head (Wayne's World, in the original language). Famous is the scene in which the two protagonists prostano at his feet, because unworthy of him:
Leveaux has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Almeida Theatre and the Donmar Warehouseas Covent Garden, in London, he has directed 10 plays and 2 musicals for Broadway, and for the cinema, he directed the revival of 8 and 1/2 by Federico Fellini, 2003, Nine with Antonio Banderas, and also the remake of the 2008 Cyrano de Bergerac with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner.
Jesus Christ Superstar Live! it will be produced by Universal Television, The Really Useful Group, Marc Platt Productions, Zadan/Meron Productions. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron it will be the executive producers.
Fans of Alice Cooper will be pleased to know has finally been published recently here in Italy a special version of “The Last Temptation”, the comic based on the homonymous album, the rocker, and wrote with Neil Gaiman. You can find our review here.
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