Just Judases: Get Heaven on You Mind in Preparation for JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT!
Hallelujah! The big day is here at last. Tonight on NBC (8/7c), live musicals rise again with a one-of-a-kind live staging of the iconic 1971 Broadway rock opera, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT.
While musical fans anxiously anticipate seeing Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony and 10-time Grammy winner John Legend perform the title role, musical theatre nerds know that the show is just as much about Judas, who will be played tonight by Broadway veteran Brandon Victor Dixon.
As we await his opening lines tonight, we're taking a look back at other notable Judases, from Broadway to London and everywhere in between! Which version of "Heaven on Their Minds" is your favorite?
Murray Head: Concept Album
Ben Vereen: Original Broadway cast
Carl Anderson: 1973 film
Jon English: Original Australian cast
Josh Young: 2012 Broadway Revival
Declan Bennett: 2016 London Revival
NBC will present Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, starring Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony and 10-time Grammy winner John Legend as Jesus Christ, with Broadway star and acclaimed recording artist Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, rock icon Alice Cooper as King Herod, and "Hamilton" alum and "Power" co-star Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas.
Rounding out the cast are Tony nominee Ben Daniels as Pontius Pilate, Tony nominee Norm Lewis as Caiaphas, Broadway veteran Jason Tam as Peter, "M. Butterfly" star Jin Ha as Annas and Swedish rock star Erik Gronwall as Simon Zealotes.
"Jesus Christ Superstar" was originally conceived as a concept album that hit #1 on the Billboard charts, and eventually made its way to the stage in 1971. It is based on the final week of Jesus' life. The 1971 musical opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on Broadway and starred Jeff Fenholt as Jesus and Ben Vereen as Judas. It was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for Vereen. Lloyd Webber won a Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Composer.