Tyler Perry “casts” New Orleans for tonight’s live airing of The Passion.
A two-hour musical event, “The Passion,” airs live from New Orleans today (8-10PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), Palm Sunday, and tells the 2000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth. Hosted and narrated by actor, writer, producer, director and New Orleans native Tyler Perry, pictured here, (“The Haves and The Have Nots,” “Gone Girl”), the special will feature a cast of today’s biggest stars performing a variety of popular music.
Set in modern day, “The Passion.” will follow the dramatic and inspirational story of Jesus of Nazareth, as he presides over the Last Supper, and then is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate (portrayed by Grammy Award-winning recording artist Seal), convicted, crucified and resurrected. The story will unfold live at some of New Orleans’ most iconic locations, while featuring a procession of hundreds of people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross from outside the Superdome to the live stage at Woldenberg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.