Grammy Award-winning country singer Trisha Yearwood has been tapped to star in Fox’s live musical event The Passion, the network announced at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Friday.
Set in modern-day, The Passion tells the 2000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life as he presides over the Last Supper before Judas betrays him.
Yearwood will play Mary, the mother of Jesus, while singer Prince Roye has also been tapped to play disciple Peter. As previously announced, Tyler Perry will serve as the event’s host and narrator.
Told through a variety of popular music, The Passion is written by High School Musical’s Peter Barsocchini, with music arranged by executive producer and music producer Adam Anders (Glee, Rock of Ages).
The Passion will air live at iconic locations in New Orleans, and will feature a procession of hundreds of people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross outside the Superdome to a live stage at Woldenburg Park.
The project isn’t Fox’s only live musical on tap. The network will air Grease: Live — starring Julianne Hough as Sandy, Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko, and Vanessa Hudgens as Betty Rizzo — on Jan. 31. The influx of live musicals comes after the sucess of NBC’s The Wiz and Sound of Music (along with the critically panned Peter Pan Live). NBC recently announced its next musical: Hairspray. (Sorry, it’s not Hamilton.)
The Passion will air Sunday, March 20 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.