NBC's live musicals tend to have a healthy mix of popular artists and Broadway veterans, and Jesus Christ Superstar: Live In Concert is no exception. The televised concert of the success of Andrew Lloyd Webber is anchored by an artist who previously made waves in Hamilton, and in the news. Brandon Victor Dixon plays Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar after causing a big impact like another historical antihero, Aaron Burr.
Dixon is not the replacement for Aaron Burr in Hamilton but the cast member who delivered Lin-Manuel Miranda's message to Mike Pence when the Vice President was at the hearing.
"We, sir, are the various United States that are alarmed and anxious that their new administration does not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents or defend and defend our inalienable rights," He said. "We really hope that this show will inspire him to defend our American values and to work on behalf of all of us."
His credits in the theater are also out of control. Dixon was nominated for a Tony Award for his Broadway debut as Harpo in The Color Purple . He then went on to star in Motown: The Musical as Barry Gordy, From Mice and Men, Hedwig and Angry Inch and Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All that followed just before stepping on the shoes of Leslie Odom Jr. at the Richard Rodgers theater.
"What I love about this piece is breaking the mythology of these archetypes," Dixon said in an interview with The Wrap . "And to be able to dive into the truly human elements of love and duty, and looking at the different sides of these archetypes of Jesus, Judas and Mary." So, for me, Judas in many ways is an anti-hero in the same way as Burr. So, what I enjoy here is being able to reveal the color of Judas, since people have a very specific limited vision of who is supposed to represent that archetypal figure "
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