Trisha Yearwood joins cast as Mary in New Orleans staged ‘The Passion’

Trisha Yearwood will play Mary, the mother of Jesus, in “The Passion,” a two-hour musical event, airing live from New Orleans March 20 on Fox.

The country superstar will join multi-platinum recording artist Prince Royce, who will portray the disciple Peter. New Orleans native and film and TV mogul Tyler Perry was previously announced as the event’s host and narrator.

“The Passion,” by Peter Barsocchini (“High School Musical”), tells the 2,000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth through a variety of popular music, a news release says.

The production will be set in modern day, and will take place on Plam Sunday at some of the city’s most iconic locations, while featuring a procession of hundreds of people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross from outside the Superdome to the live stage at Woldenburg Park next to the Mississippi River, the release also says.

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