Robert Greenblatt, chairman, NBC Entertainment, said of the decision, "Alice Cooper, whose theatricality is the stuff of legend, is the ideal rock star to play Herod in our live production".
As an actor, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Cooper has appeared in numerous films and TV series including a brief but memorable role in Wayne's World ("We're not worthy!") and playing the Sun King in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - in which the band played a decidedly warped take on the Beatles' "Because". "As the casting for Superstar ramps up, we can feel the excitement building for this brand new concert experience of what has always been considered the original rock musical".
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Jesus Christ Superstar is based on the final week of Jesus' life. The 1971 musical opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on Broadway.
Also, British theater director David Leveaux will helm the show.
NBC has finally found its King Herod for an upcoming production of "Jesus Christ Superstar Live!": Alice Cooper.
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