JOHN A LIVING LEGEND
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.”