But while Perry gave the assignment his all, what emerged was at times oddly sterile, such as the images of people in the live audience staring up at screens, watching Canela and others belt out pop tunes.
Earl Brown, Daniel Roebuck, Elaine Kagan, Tony Longo, Joe Nieves, Danny Goldring, Anil Kumar, Shashawnee Hall, Ben Scott, Travis Wester, Kevin Brief, Amy Hill, Hallee Hirsh, Tim Kelleher, Jim Abele, Tamara Taylor, Audrey Wasilewski, Gabriel Olds, Richard Lynch, Cullen Douglas, James Mac Pherson, Thomas Garner, Steven St.
Croix, Jean Carol, Darcy Donavan, Pamela Adlon, Matt Ross, Fred Stoller, Joe Bell, Tom Virtue, Evan Arnold, David Wells, Steffani Brass, David Shatraw, Juan Carlos Cantu, Art Frankel, Christine Estabrook, Scott Atkinson, Adrienne Frantz, Maury Sterling, Kim Coles, Judy Prescott, Jack Wallace, Lindsey Ginter, Joel Brooks, Mo Collins, Tony Perez, Page Kennedy, Stephanie Erb, Ron Dean, Rachel Zeskind, Chip Heller, Franc Ross, Jeff Corbett, Jennifer Griffin, Tim Mikulecky, Leonard Kelly-Young, Sabrina Culver, Kenneth Kimmins, Rob Evors, Jack Lindine, Charles C.
Fox deserved considerable credit for invigorating the live-musical form that NBC has championed with its production of “Grease Live,” but the network hit the skids with “The Passion,” a project that seemed to pander on multiple levels.
Beyond catering to Christians who often lament a lack of fare aimed at them on mainstream TV – albeit in the most Sunday-school-lite of ways – the rock songs and contemporary setting sought to package scripture for the “American Idol” crowd.
Throw in the procession involving an illuminated 20-foot cross, and cursing the darkness felt preferable to watching for a full two hours.