Michael W. Smith and Yolanda Adams are scheduled to cast in Tyler Perry’s Palm Sunday live performance of “The Passion.”
The multiple Grammy Award-winning singers will feature in the musical event which tells the 2000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on Earth.
Smith will have a role in the production as one of Jesus’ disciples, and Adams will kick off the show with a special live performance.
With Tyler Perry and Smith as narrators, Adams will be joined on stage with cast members Jencarlos Canela (Jesus Christ), Chris Daughtry (Judas), Prince Royce (the disciple Peter), Seal (Pontius Pilate) and Trisha Yearwood (Mary, the mother of Jesus).
“The Passion,” written by Peter Barsocchini (“High School Musical”) is set in modern day. It will follow the account of Jesus, as he presides over the Last Supper, and then is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected.
According to New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landdrieu; “We are excited that New Orleans has been chosen as the location for ‘The Passion’.
“Last week it was announced that the role of Jesus will be played by singer-songwriter Jencarlos Canela, a theater actor who debuted in the 2008 musical “Miami Libre” and currently stars on the NBC primetime show, “Telenovela.” Judas, the man who betrays Jesus, will be portrayed by singer and actor Chris Daughtry.”
The music for the project, Adam Anders revealed in a statement; “This is one of the most exciting and compelling projects that I have ever been involved with.
“I cannot wait to bring the greatest-story-ever-told to life through music in a way that has never been heard before. To be able to create new arrangements of some of the biggest songs of all time and to create a live film score is a creative dream for me.”
“The Passion” is scheduled to broadcast live on the FOX network on Palm Sunday, March 20.”