JOHN A LIV­ING LEG­END

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mes­siah, while Cooper vamped it up, wasn’t easy for Leg­end, he says.

“He comes out and he’s hav­ing so much fun, be­cause at that point in the show Herod’s en­trance is al­most comic relief, but none of it is sup­posed to be fun for Je­sus and I needed to stay in char­ac­ter,” he says, laugh­ing. Rein­vent­ing revered musicals for tele­vi­sion au­di­ences has emerged as a pop­u­lar new for­mat in the US, with and al­ready get­ting the live con­cert treat­ment. Leg­end and com­pany give a grit­tier, tense edge which un­der­pins the story of the re­li­gious saviour as a flawed man who strug­gled with his mis­sion and was per­se­cuted for his mes­sage as he be­came too pop­u­lar and threat­ened the status quo.

“A lot of times (dur­ing re­hearsals) I thought of Dr (Martin Luther) King when I was think­ing of that tra­jec­tory of some­one who was pop­u­lar and then ex­tremely un­pop­u­lar be­fore they died, even as their mes­sage was cel­e­brated,” he says. “He is some­one loved and revered now, but while he lived he was hated by a lot of the same peo­ple who claim to re­spect him now.

“I love the as­pect of Je­sus’s life that Andrew and Tim chose to fo­cus on; the rev­o­lu­tion­ary shak­ing up the status quo … be­cause

I think that energy and spirit and sentiment will al­ways have res­o­nance for peo­ple.”

Leg­end, the son and grand­son of preach­ers, is coy when asked what he’d love to bring to life as a mu­si­cal the­atre piece.

His pro­duc­tion com­pany Get Lifted has projects in devel­op­ment, both adap­ta­tions and orig­i­nal works, but the 40-year- old artist (who also served as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on says there is a long way to go.

The suc­cess of con­trib­uted to Leg­end be­com­ing the youngest, and only black male artist, to en­ter the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Os­car, Tony awards) win­ning cir­cle.

He now has 10 Gram­mys; an Os­car in 2015 with Com­mon for best orig­i­nal song for the fi lm

a Tony for co-pro­duc­ing the Broad­way re­vival of and fi nally the Cre­ative Arts Emmy for his pro­ducer role on

But for all his achieve­ments in the en­ter­tain­ment world, Leg­end is equally as well-known as model and TV host Chrissy Teigen’s hus­band and fa­ther to their adorable daugh­ter Luna and 10-month- old son Miles. The pair are two of the most fol­lowed celebri­ties on so­cial me­dia for their po­lit­i­cal and so­cial jus­tice ad­vo­cacy as much as their dis­play of do­mes­tic bliss.

They re­cently shared match­ing tat­toos cel­e­brat­ing their fam­ily and keep it real on their feeds.

Teigen, who is renowned for trolling her hus­band on Twit­ter, live-tweeted as it aired in the US – leav­ing fans in hys­ter­ics.

The mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Bi­ble story saw Leg­end dressed in a plung­ing, chest­bar­ing, V-neck T- shirt, with Teigen tweet­ing: “I have a feel­ing who­ever has the deep­est V will be cru­ci­fied.”

Leg­end hopes can be­come an an­nual Easter tele­cast but his next big project is a new stu­dio al­bum he plans to re­lease be­fore the end of 2019 and back up with an Aus­tralian tour.

“I’m ex­cited with what we have got so far and I can’t wait to come back to Aus­tralia, I love it down there, so hope­fully we will see you this year.”

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