NBC has announced that Brandon Victor Dixon – Tony Award-winning producer, Hamilton alum and Power co-star – will essay the role of Judas Iscariot in the network’s live Easter event, Jesus Crist Superstar Live In Concert!
Dixon joins a cast with Tony nominees Ben Daniels and Norm Lewis, Broadway Veteran Jason Tam, “M. Butterfly” Star Jin Ha and Swedish Rocker Erik Gronwall – who round out a cast headed by John Legend, Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper.
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, will air Easter Sunday, April 1 from the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.Y.
NBC is setting out to create strong family-friendly viewing on Sundays – beginning with the annual three-hour American Ninja Warrior: USA Vs. the World special on March 11th (7/6C).
Family viewing continues Sunday, March 18 with the second-season premiere of the hit alternative series “Little Big Shots,” hosted by Steve Harvey, and the debut of the Neil Patrick Harris-led gameshow “Genius Junior.” That will be followed by the second season premiere (by popular demand) of “Timeless,” whose 10-episode season will air each week at 10 p.m. Sundays.
Starting today, the first annual program – spearheaded by NBC President Jennifer Salke in partnership with multi-Emmy Award-nominated TV director Lesli Linka Glatter – is accepting applications from eligible female directors for 10 slots in the program’s initial 2018-19 season at NBCFemaleForward.com. The submission window is open for one week, beginning this morning and closing Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
Inspired by NBC’s new musical drama seris, Rise, NBC has committed $500,000 to support high school theater programs with the launch of R.I.S.E. (Recognizing and Inspiring Student Expression )America.
The plan is to award ten grants of $50,000 to the high schools that have an existing theatre program or a champion of theatre arts in their teaching staff in cases where a school’s theatre program was cut because of budget constraints.
Eligible high schools can submit a video up to two minutes long celebrating their theatre program and a 500-word essay explaining why their school should be awarded the grant and how they will use the $10,000 should they win.