NME Festival blog: Alice Cooper to appear in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live!’

The shock rocker has been cast in NBC’s upcoming production of the classic musical

Alice Cooper is set to appear in Jesus Christ Superstar Live! next year.

A new production of the musical will be broadcast on NBC on Easter Sunday, which falls on April 1, 2018.

The special will be directed by BBC theatre director David Leveaux. Cooper will play King Herod in the programme, as The Hollywood Reporter notes.

Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt said in a statement: “Alice Cooper, whose theatricality is the stuff of legend, is the perfect rock star to play Herod in our live production. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote a showstopping musical number for Herod, and we all look forward to the ‘King Of Shock Rock’ taking on the King of Judea.

“As the casting for Superstar ramps up, we can feel the excitement building for this brand new concert experience of what has long been considered the original rock musical.”

Meanwhile, Cooper is set to be played by The Mighty Boosh‘s Noel Fielding in a new series of Sky Arts’ Urban Myths.

Fielding will appear in the episode ‘The Dali and the Cooper’, which will tell the story of Cooper befriending artist Salvador Dali (played by David Suchet) in 1973 and attending a bizarre birthday party at Dali’s home.


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