The Passion review – Jesus Christ turns superstar in live broadcast

The Passion review – Jesus Christ turns superstar in live broadcast He sang Celine Dion’s Love Can Move Mountains on the trolley, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips’s Home through the streets of the French Quarter, and Creed’s With Arms Wide Open in the park where Jesus and his apostles had their last supper and then slept rough Fox’s take on the story of the crucifixion comes live from New Orleans, with the aid of pop music and some inescapably campy production choices For anyone who grew up in a Christian household, the story of the crucifixion is absolutely familiar. However, The Passion, Fox’s live retelling of that story with the help of pop stars and modern music, made it seem like the most confounding experience imaginable. The live TV show, whose format was first tried in the Netherlands, was a bizarre combination of live concert film, news report and the kind of DVD that a youth minister of a megachurch would play to try to make religion appeal to kids. Logistically it must have been a nightmare to broadcast. Gospel impresario Tyler Perry played “host and storyteller” for the event (though, in fairness, the storytellers were really Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), which was broadcast live from his hometown of New Orleans. (A friend of mine who lives there texted to say that the French Quarter was a traffic nightmare.) The stage, replete with a multicultural chorus of singers, also featured Tricia Yearwood playing Mary – which generally consisted of her standing in a blue dress and belting out songs like Whitney Houston’s Your Love Is My Love and...