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Fox’s The Passion promised to be a sight to behold, and the live interpretation of Jesus’ final days delivered. Tyler Perry presided over the one-of-a-kind event tonight (March 20) live from his hometown of New Orleans. With Christians all over the world observing Palm Sunday, a sprawling, racially diverse crowd came out to Woldenberg Park to see the age-old Bible story given the live, musical theater treatment.

Perry hosted and narrated from the park’s main stage, backed by a jubilant gospel choir and live orchestra. Nearby, a procession of worshippers carried a large, glowing cross through the streets, which Fox’s cameras cut to during breaks in the action, for crowd interviews and testimonials. But the spectacle was most focused on Perry and his star-studded cast, which featuredJencarlos Canela as Jesus, Trisha Yearwood as Mary, Prince Royce as Peter, Chris Daughtry as Judas and Seal as Pontius Pilate.

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