Still a little confused about what exactly to expect from this weekend’s ‘The Passion’ live? Not to worry, HollywoodLife.com caught up with Shane Harper, who plays one of the disciples in Tyler Perry’s live production.
The Passion isn’t a live musical, or a movie, or a concert — it’s all three. That’s how Shane Harper described the live production, which includes cover of modern pop songs, all arranged by Glee music producer, Adam Anders. From Katy Perry to Creed, The Passion will take on a whole new version of the story of Easter.
So not everyone knows what exactly The Passion is — how would you describe it?
It’s not quite like a musical. It’s a little different and really unique. It’s the story — the dialogue is directly taken out of scripture — and then you’re going to hear all of these pop songs of this narrative in that context. That’s the musical element. It’s so different, and you haven’t seen anything like that. It’s hard to explain. This whole thing originated in the Netherlands. It’s a whole new platform and format and really unique. It’s not quite a musical, movie, or concert, but a little bit of all three.
Why’d you decide to take the role?
The EP and musical producer Adam Anders has been working with me on my music for years, and I found out about it through him. He asked me if I wanted to be a part of it; he told me he was doing a re-telling of the Easter story with modern pop songs and in the modern era. That was my first introduction of it and he was so passionate about it. So of course, I said yes.
Did you have hesitations?
I was excited! I was mystified by how it was going to look — my curiosity really peaked. I kept thinking like, ‘What is that?!’ Even visualizing it, it’s such a fresh approach — we’re retelling the story that some people are familiar with, and some people aren’t. I mean, Jesus is wearing boots and modern jeans, and a pretty cool-looking jacket. It’s going to be awesome. It’s a really special way of telling a story.
Have you spoken to the cast of Grease Live or other live productions?
I’ve seen some of the other live events, but haven’t talked to anyone. It would probably make me more nervous. I’m going to try and pretend we’re not singing in front of millions of people live! I think it’s a really fun new way to enjoy content and this format is really popular right now. It’s not quiet at all, but we aren’t Grease. Grease was a musical, we’re not — this is going to look so different. I’m really curious to see how it all turns out.
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