Next year is gearing up to be a big one for live musicals over at FOX; it was recently announced Tyler Perry will host a religious musical special just in time for Easter.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the famed director will host and narrate The Passion. Produced by Adam Anders (Glee, Rock of Ages) the show will be filmed in New Orleans and retell the story of Jesus of Nazareth during the Last Supper. The event will also take advantage of the NOLA setting by filming in the city’s well-known locations, such as the Superdome and the live stage at Woldenberg Park.
The Passion will air on Palm Sunday in March 2016. The cast hasn’t yet been publicly announced.
The event comes after the announcement of several other musicals, like Grease Live! starring Keke Palmer and a remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Laverne Cox.
Live musicals are in high demand since The Wiz Live!, which dominated the 18-49 group for NBC and gained stellar reviews.
FOX Entertainment president David Madden released a statement about working with Tyler Perry:
“The Passion is both wonderfully entertaining and genuinely inspirational,” Madden said in a statement. “We are so thrilled to have the multi-talented Tyler Perry join us for this epic music production. He is the perfect host to lead the cast — and viewers — through the streets of New Orleans in this contemporary re-telling of a timeless story.”
Perry also tweeted his excitement:
I'm excited to host and narrate #ThePassionLive, a musical event that airs LIVE March 20 on FOX!