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These Singers’ 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Mash-Up Keeps Us In The Spirit Of The Live Show

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As soon as Michael Korte found out NBC was airing a live version of Jesus Christ Superstar with John Legend and Sara Bareilles, he knew he had to create something to celebrate the occasion.

Korte — a YouTuber known for his work on music videos covering songs such as "This is Me" from The Greatest Showmanand producing dance videos like the one set to "Freedom" from Empire's Jussie Smollett — took to the video platform again to bring a massive mash-up of songs from Legend, Bareilles, and Jesus Christ Superstar.


The play, which was originally developed as a rock opera album from producer Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1970 and later made its Broadway debut in 1971, is an interpretation of what Jesus' experienced during the last week of his life.

Korte's video features vocalists Mark JP Hood, Christine Noel, Jamal Moore, Jada Banks-Mace, and Porcha Lenae who takes turns soulfully transitioning between songs like "King of Anything," "Ordinary People," and "Everything's Alright."

Although Korte released the video just days before Jesus Christ Superstar primetime debut, the songs are still unforgettable after what was an eventful Easter Sunday night on television.

First came the Twitter memes that brought attention to former "Hamilton" star Brandon Victor Dixon and Legend's wardrobe.

Then came a clapback to a critical tweet Bill O'Reilly posted, courtesy of Legend's wife and model, Chrissy Teigen.

But for Korte, it's all about celebrating the magic of musical theater.

"Musical theater with a powerful, soulful twist is always the catalyst for my work," Korte said in an email to A Plus. "With all the confides of our current political climate, it's an honor to create from a place of joy, and still feature LGBT artists and artists of color turn these classics on their head."

Watch Korte's mash-up below:


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