“We’ve already cleared our Sunday night schedule and gotten the popcorn ready to take in the next musical extravaganza to hit TV, Tyler Perry’s The Passion.”
Broadcast from the streets of New Orleans, The Passion will put a modern twist on the story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s (played by Jencarlos Canela) life.
While we anticipate the latest in the ever-growing crop of musical television events, we’re looking back at some of the jaw-dropping moments from performances past that we still haven’t gotten over.
1. Vanessa Hudgens slays “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” in Grease: Live
Mere hours after announcing her father’s death, Hudgens delivered a brilliant solo that ended up being one of the standout songs of the all-around smash hit musical event. Channeling gritty Pink Ladies leader Rizzo, Hudgens flawlessly belted out the emotional number in the halls of Rydell High. And, we’re sorry, there just must be something in our eyes.
2. Allison Williams bumps into a wall during Peter Pan Live!
It doesn’t always take perfect execution to create an unforgettable moment. The “magic” flying is always a crowd-pleasing element of any Peter Pan rendition, but NBC’s adaptation came with a slight aerial snafu. When Peter (Williams) first showed the Darling kids his gravity-defying ways he got a little close to a pesky wall. Luckily, the actress had the reflexes to avoid a full-on crash situation, but the airborne difficulty was unmistakeable.
3. Audra McDonald stuns with “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” in The Sound of Music Live!
We couldn’t wait to see what we were up for when The Sound of Music Live! resurrected the television musical in 2013. Without a doubt, performances from vocal powerhouses McDonald, as the Reverend Mother, and Laura Benanti, as the Baroness, were the highlights of the overall lackluster affair. McDonald’s chill-inducing “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” especially had us wishing that the Broadway veteran got more stage time during the show.
4. The Emerald City vogues in The Wiz Live!
The costumes and set pieces did not disappoint in The Wiz, and one moment in particular lit up our screens with pure fire. Citizens of Emerald City filled the stage in luminous, Tron-esque outfits, and proceeded to deliver some of the best voguing we’ve seen in years. The wholly unexpected moment immediately got us behind welcoming the dance craze back into our lives.
5. Aaron Tveit’s shorts have our full attention during Grease: Live
No one could stop talking about those Grease shorts, and with good reason. Tveit, who starred as Danny, got to show off many things during the show: his impeccable dance moves, his out-of-this-world vocal ability, and most importantly, his drool-worthy legs. Do they give out Emmys for achievement in limbs?
6. Christopher Walken’s dance moves win Peter Pan Live!
Walken still has it. Our favorite part of his portrayal of Captain Hook was definitely his dance style, which was like nothing we had seen before. Seriously, we would definitely enroll in the Christopher Walken School of Dance.
7. Shanice Williams nails “Home” in The Wiz Live!
Newcomer Williams was the Dorothy we all wanted and deserved. Her performance was stellar throughout, but her finale song, “Home,” really tugged at our heartstrings. The Wiz might have given the New Jersey native her first major role, but we’re sure we haven’t seen the last of this super talent.
The Passion airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.