John Legend is a man of many talents. The GRAMMY Award winning singer decided to ditch his trusty piano and R&B laden ballads for that of the Word on Easter Sunday as he starred as Jesus Christ for NBC’s Live Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar. How deep was Legend into the role? He belted out “Gethsemane,” a song where Jesus questions his faith for the first time as if it were one of his signature songs.
Legend said that although he had not done musical theater since high school, he knew that he couldn’t possibly turn down playing Jesus Christ himself. Among other reasons, he was excited that NBC even considered a black man for Christ considering the history of the role and the historical depiction of Jesus at large. “I think we’ve gotten used to seeing Jesus look like he came from Oslo,” Legend recently told NPR, “when, you know, obviously he was born and raised in the Middle East and probably looked a lot closer to me.”
See clips of the show below.