Set in modern day, The Passion follows Jesus of Nazareth as he presides over the Last Supper, and then is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected. The story will be staged live in New Orleans, while featuring a procession of hundreds of people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross from Champion Square outside the Superdome to the live stage at Woldenburg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Country star Yearwood will play Mary, the mother of Jesus, it was announced today at TCA. Singer Prince Royce also was tapped to play the disciple Peter.
Hosted and narrated by Tyler Perry, The Passion will air live from New Orleans from 8-10 PM on March 20.