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Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.
In this week’s episode, Variety‘s managing editor of TV, Cynthia Littleton, talks with the stars of NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and Brandon Victor Dixon.
Legend - Praise - Plaudits - Work - NBC
Legend has received praise and plaudits for his work on NBC’s Easter night event telecast that originated from the Brooklyn’s Marcy Avenue Armory. But his most gratifying response came from the creators of the rock opera-turned-musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
“They were like, ‘Our show’s never been this well-reviewed,” Legend says, adding that for him it was “most important that Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice were happy.”
Legend - Dixon - Bareilles - Rehearsal - Process
Legend, Dixon and Bareilles talk about the complicated rehearsal process for the show, with the key players coming in and out of rehearsal at different points while a team of stage pros worked out the staging, music and ensemble elements. The trio credit the work of directors David Leveaux and Alex Rudzinski, and exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
“There had to be a certain amount of vision that we didn’t see in that rehearsal,” Legend says. “Once it all came together it made sense. For all those people to come together with a vision and make it happen I thought...
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