American Idol Star Chris Daughtry Joins FOX’s Live ‘The Passion’ as Judas
FOX is going overboard with the live productions this year. In addition to Sunday night’s Grease Live and this fall’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Live, FOX will be doing a live production of The Passion. And they’re reaching into the American Idol reserves for one of the show’s key roles, as Season 5 finalist Chris Daughtry has joined the cast.
Daughtry will play the role of Judas in the Biblical musical, which is set to star singer/actor Jencarlos Canela (Telenova) in the lead role of Jesus Christ, Latin pop star Prince Royce as the disciple Peter, and country music star Trisha Yearwood as Mary, the mother of Jesus. Oh, and Tyler Perry will serve as the host and narrator. It’s almost too surreal to actually be happening, but somehow, it is.
The live show will tell the story of Jesus Christ’s final hours through several popular music tracks, essentially making this a Jukebox Musical. Written by High School Musical scribe Peter Barsocchini, the show will take place across several of the most distinctive locations in New Orleans, culminating with a group of hundreds carrying a giant cross from the Superdome to the live stage at Woldenberg Park. Needless to say, this almost sounds too ambitious to actually be ready in such a short time frame, since it’s due to premiere on Palm Sunday, March 20. NBC’s live musicals often spend months in production. Hell, if memory serves, we didn’t even know the complete cast for Peter Pan Live until the summer of 2014. And the thing didn’t even air until that December! I guess I’m just worried at how good this show could possibly be on such a short schedule. Then again, the NBC live musicals are much more elaborate. The Passion has the benefit of using real live locations, and well-known songs (although what they are yet, we have no idea. But I’d get a kick out of Judas singing “It’s Not Over”).
What do you think of Chris Daughtry as Judas? What do you think of FOX making a live version of The Passion? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on FOX’s live theatrical productions, find out which American Idol icon has been cast in a key role in FOX’s live Rocky Horror Picture Show!