The non-believers were all wrong. "The Passion" was an incredible television event on Fox.
They said it couldn't be done. They said it would never work. They also said the greatest story ever told could not be done in a modern-day setting.
Who are "they," you ask? It doesn't even matter. The non-believers were all wrong. "The Passion" was an incredible television event on Fox.
"The Passion" is the play adaptation of the inspirational final hours of Jesus. It recounts the moments from The Last Supper, Christ's betrayal, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection. Only this musical production is set in modern times, with music and emotions people from today can identify with.
It's sad to learn that many people today do not have a clear understanding of the story of Easter. "The Passion," by no means, is meant to take away from the true meaning of Christ's epic journey, but it does help to retell the story in a contemporary setting. Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 10 years ago. The impact of the tragedy brought to light faith, love, betrayal, indifference, forgiveness, trust and just about every other emotion turmoil can bring -- similar to that faced in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.
"The Passion" took more than a year to plan and boasts a cast of amazing talents, including Jencarlos Canela (Jesus), Trisha Yearwood (Mary), Seal (Pontius Pilate), Prince Royce (disciple Peter), and Chris Daughtry (Judas). I love the diversity of the cast and admire the people of New Orleans for their participation with the live, televised event.
Tyler Perry hosted and narrated the play, which was filled with impressive songs. The soundtrack is a must-have.
Jacco Doornhoos, executive producer, did a stellar job conceptualizing the play. In a recent interview, he stated, "We tell the story just as it is. The actors will only have literal scripture as dialogue. We don't add anything to it. We are just translating it through music and emotions."
Music Doornhoos referenced includes songs made popular by Whitney Houston, Creed, Phillip Phillips, Imagine Dragons, Train, Jason Mraz, Jewel, Celine Dion, Lifehouse, Katy Perry and others.
Yearwood, as Mary, is a standout. She delivered some special moments, such as when she belted out "You'll Never Walk Alone," "My Love Is Your Love," and "Broken," for which was her passionate acceptance of her Jesus' death.
I've always thought Seal was superior, but what an exceptional and gifted vocalist he really is. I loved "Mad World" and "We Don't Need Another Hero" with Jencarlos.
Chris Daughtry, as Judas, served the production well. His surprising casting was no surprise at all when he began to sing "Bring Me To Life" and "Demons." You felt the agony as Judas betrayed Jesus.
Jencarlos portrayed Jesus beautifully. I was in awe of his performance. From the acting and vision to his singing ability, I was moved. "Unconditionally" now has an entirely new meaning.
The cross being carried through the streets of New Orleans brought closure and a sense of healing for so many who carry burdens left behind after a city was left in ruins a decade ago.
I hope Fox re-airs the stunning broadcast a few more times during the Easter holiday as the meaning of the story is so great. I loved it!
-- David T. Farr is a Sturgis, Michigan, Journal correspondent. Email him at email@example.com.