Chris Daughtry and Jencarlos Canela in ‘The Passion.’
The Passion, which aired live on Fox last spring, is a new musical retelling of Jesus’ final days that’s new on DVD Tuesday, Oct. 4 from Shout! Factory, as a 77-minute performance with no extras.
But how new is it?
Obviously, its Biblical story is over two thousand years old. But beyond that, The Passion’s use of pop songs to convey its plot has been done — and done better — in the smash 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar,.a hard act to follow in giving Bible sagas contemporaneity.
But wait: I’m not condemning The Passion, which is earnestly and often beautifully performed, and which does have novel spins.