None of us knew what to expect during the live production of ‘The Passion.’ But one thing stood out right away: the music.
Let’s start by saying the songs of The Passion were incredible. Here are the key moments of the entire live production in New Orleans:
1. Chris Daughtry’s version of Evanescence‘s “Bring Me To Life”
This was the cover we never knew we needed, but really did. Chris as Judas sang this in a broken down warehouse with seriously amazing emotion. The song was perfect for what Judas was going through, and no one could have done it like Chris did.
2. Trisha Yearwood As Mary
Overall every song that Trisha sang as Mary was absolutely stunning — Whitney Houston‘s “Love Can Move Mountains” included a very inspired crowd dancing along and Jewel‘s “Hands,” one of my all-time favorite songs, was perfectly covered by her extremely strong voice. Although her voice is so different than Jason Mraz, she also did a flawless cover of “I Won’t Give Up.” Oh yeah, and I cried through her rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” one of the most beautiful songs from Carousel.
3. Jesus and Peter’s first duet
Together, Peter (Prince Royce) and Chris sang Phillip Phillips‘ “Home,” which we have to say was awesome as a duet. Especially since Phillip is an American Idol alum, just like Chris. I’d say, Simon Cowell would definitely approve.
4. The Last Supper
Another stand out moment went to the moment that Jesus picked up what would be “the last supper…” from a food truck; the bread was handed to him by The Chew‘s Carla Hall. During the meal, outside, Jesus sang to the group Creed‘s “With Arms Wide Open.” Jesus also knew there was a betrayal coming, of course foreshadowing Judas’ turn.
Before Jesus was taken away by
Pontius Pilate’s guards the New Orleans’ police, he and Judas covered Imagine Dragons‘ “Demons,” the perfect song to fit the story. It was followed by Peter singing “The Reason” while walking through the Lafayette Cemetery; he also reassured police three times he was not part of Jesus’ followers.
6. Pontius Pilate & Jesus’ duet
While Jesus stood on stage in an orange jumpsuit with tears streaming down his face, it was hard not to get choked up. We have to give serious credit to Jencarlos who was crying and sniffling and still sounded incredible singing Tina Turner‘s “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” alongside Seal as Pontius Pilate.
7. Seal Sings Perfect Version Of ‘Mad World’
It’s one of most beautiful songs of all time, so it’s no surprise that Seal’s version of Tears for Fears‘ “Mad World.” With the chorus echoing the entire song, his vocals just blew everyone away.
8. The cross arrives.
Throughout the entire production, the city of New Orleans carried a lit up cross down Bourbon Street and to the location where Tyler Perry and co. waited. When they finally arrived, Trisha as Mary sang “Broken.”
The closing of The Passion featured a symbolism of Jesus’ rising — Jencarlos on top of the Westin hotel, in all white, singing Katy Perry‘s “Unconditionally.” The power behind the song and the entire production was tangible — the crowd could feel it, as could the entire cast who united on the stage to join in. It was quite the beautiful ending of an updated version of the Easter story.
Listen to The Passion: New Orleans soundtrack right now on Amazon.
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