All eyes will be on singer/songwriter John Legend Sunday evening as he plays Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC.
The singer, who grew up learning about Jesus in church, recently opened up to PEOPLE magazine about playing the son of God in the Andrew Lloyd Weber production.
“[Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice] imagined what a real human being would think going through betrayal and the challenge of joining together with your friends to fight against oppression. My job is to embody that,”
“I think Jesus in real life was a bit of a revolutionary — he was somebody who was disrupting the status quo and provided an example for how we could all love each other, how we think about people who have been looked down upon and what it means to sacrifice oneself for something that you believe in.”
“I wouldn’t be where I am without playing gospel music in church.”
The husband and father shared with the mag, what he learned growing up in church:
“The message I took from growing up in church was the idea of loving your neighbor, giving to others and treating people as you would want to be treated,” says Legend. “You can learn those things in any religion or without religion, but that’s where I did.”
And the star says his childhood in the church changed his life.
“I was in choir rehearsals every week as a kid, and I took over the choir when I was older,” he says. “That was the foundation of my career; I wouldn’t be where I am without playing gospel music in church.”
Make sure to watch Jesus Christ Superstar Live Sunday, April 1st on NBC