How To Watch 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live': Start Time, Network and Everything You Need To Know

NBC resurrects its live musical programming Easter Sunday with Jesus Christ Superstar Live, a real-time performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical. It joins a lineup of previous live-musicals that include Peter Pan Live (awkward), The Wiz Live (transcendent) and The Sound of Music Live (an insult to the genre).

For Superstar, John Legend will play Lloyd Webber's take on Jesus of Nazareth—the Son of God reimagined as a rock vocalist who specializes in falsetto high notes. This hip Christ will be joined by Mary Magdalene, portrayed by Sara Bareilles, shock-rocker Alice Cooper's King Herod, and Hamilton's Brandon Dixon as Judas.

In the past, NBC has made the mistake of casting big-name pop singers in musical roles, despite most shows demanding double- or triple-threat performers: people who can act and dance as well as they can sing. That approach made Sound of Music Live a debacle. American Idol winner Carrie Underwood was cast as Maria, a role made timeless by Julie Andrews, and viewers quickly let the network know the show was not one of its favorite things.

But hopes are high among Broadway fans and NBC executives for Superstar. The show will lean on two Broadway veterans—Bareilles enjoyed a long run in Waitress (and recently announced her return to the role), while Dixon joined Hamilton in 2016 as a replacement for Leslie Odom Jr., the original Aaron Burr—and Legend has some acting chops, appearing briefly in La La Land.

Here's everything you need to watch Jesus Christ Superstar Live.

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The cast of NBC's 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live'. NBC

If you can't tune in to NBC's live presentation, aring from 8-10:15 p.m. EST, you can sign into NBC's live streaming service with your cable provider information. If you're a cord-cutter, you're out of luck—the musicals are intended to be viewed live.

Of course, leaving cord-cutters in the dust wouldn't make a sustainable business plan, so the network does upload digital download versions of each musical to its NBC "full episode app," usually within a few days of the show premiering on live TV. And then there's the requisite home video release.

If you want to see John Legend attempt to hit every single high note in real-time, however, you'll have to tune in Sunday evening.

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