“The Passion” is a modern-day musical of the last hours of Jesus Christ. FOX broadcast the two-hour special on March 20 from New Orleans.
People revealed earlier the show’s stellar cast of vocal talents. It includes Trisha Yearwood as Mary, Chris Daughtry as Judas, Seal as Pontius Pilate, and Prince Royce as Peter. Tyler Perry produced and narrated the live musical event.
Telenovela actor Jencarlos Canela plays the role of Jesus Christ. People also asked Carlos about how he thought Christ would sound like singing.
“As a singer, I’ve developed a way of singing with runs and trills. But we decided that I wouldn’t sing with any of that for the show,” Carlos said.
“And I think that was a good call because that way everyone can enjoy him, no matter what kind of music you like,” Carlos added.
“The Passion” is unlike any presentation ever made about the life of Christ. It features a soundtrack consisting of well-known pop songs, Entertainment Weekly noted.
Who would have imagined the Lord singing Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally”? US Weekly posted a live blog of “The Passion” as it aired. It noted that Jesus stood on top of a building while singing, “Acceptance is the key to be, to be truly free. Will you do the same for me? ‘Cause I love you unconditionally.”
The website also noted Trisha Yearwood’s rendition of Lifehouse’s “Broken”. Her vocal prowess moved the audience to raise their arms to the heavens.
Prior to “Broken”, Mary (Yearwood) belted out “I Won’t Give Up” from Jason Mraz. Prince Royce as Peter nailed his song “The Reason” by Hoobastank.
US Weekly also highlighted Chris Daughtry’s performance as Judas especially when he sang “Demons” by Imagine Dragons.
The website also gave praise to Seal as Pontius Pilate. It noted his duet of Tina Turner’s “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)”.
The procession of the lighted cross around the French Quarter was truly breathtaking.
These moments and more are likely what led many viewers to share their reactions to the live musical on social media openly.
Following the broadcast, People shared tweets from those moved by “The Passion”.
However, some reactions were not as pleasant.