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‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert’: John Legend earns rave reviews


Peter Kramer/NBCIn celebration of Easter, NBC presented Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert on Sunday night, and star John Legend‘s performance in the title role is earning universal acclaim.

The New York Daily News exclaims Legend displayed a “God-given voice that could heal lepers.” The Hollywood Reporter added, “John Legend’s gentle charisma and honeyed pipes made him an affecting Jesus.”

Meanwhile, E! News had great things to say about pop star Sara Bareilles, who played Mary Magdalene, raving, “There is not a song this woman can’t turn into heavenly ear therapy.” She had her big moment with the solo song “I Don’t Know How to Love Him.”

The most acclaim seemed to go to theater veteran Brandon Victor Dixon, who played Judas. He performed a few of the production’s show-stopping numbers, including the title song, “Superstar.”

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