Brandon Victor Dixon Is The New Judas – Finally Opposite A Black Jesus!By Delaina Dixon | March 26, 2018 | Entertainment
It’s only a week until Easter and what’s destined to become an annual tradition – NBC’s live version of Jesus Christ Superstar airs Sunday night!
If you haven’t heard – John Legend is playing the pivotal role of Jesus. Who’s playing his Judas? None other that Broadway veteran Brandon Victor Dixon.
Brandon’s onstage credits include his nominated role in The Color Purple, Motown: The Musical, Shuffle Along and Hamilton. Now’s he’s taking on a part of biblical proportions – and told us all about it!
Ben Vereen and Carl Anderson have made this role iconic. Who do you admire and how are you making it your own?┬á
I actually do love Ben Vereen. And Carl Anderson is the quintessential Judas for me. My goal is to bring truth to this, shatter the myth that Judas is a betrayer, and show the love of Judas – why he had to do all the things he had to do. Remember, he says, ΓÇ£I really didnΓÇÖt come here on accord.ΓÇ¥ HeΓÇÖs saying, ΓÇ£IΓÇÖm not here because I want to be, just tell me I not dammed for it.ΓÇ¥
Have you always been a big fan of JCS? Is Judas your dream role?
I never really knew of the show. I had never seen or heard most of it until two or three weeks ago. I did know the song, ΓÇ£Heaven On Their Minds,ΓÇ¥ and I always wanted to sing it for something. And here I am getting to sing for it for this production. I have been conditioning my vocals gradually for the dayΓÇÖs proceeding and have been paying attention to the vocal journey to make sure I manage accordingly for the the biggest number “Superstar” too.
YouΓÇÖve done a ton of Broadway ΓÇô but now weΓÇÖre adding cameras. Is that intimidating?
ItΓÇÖs my first time working with camera, and I am thinking I have to do same thing with my blocking. IΓÇÖm notorious for changing my blocking and moving around however I damn well please to tell the story. But obviously, not here.
WhatΓÇÖs it like working with John Legend ΓÇô was he born to play Jesus?
I think definitely heΓÇÖs going to be fantastic; we had a really great time. John has been able to live within his music in a personal sense for many years to all our enjoyment. ItΓÇÖs amazing to see him apply that to the most collaborative way of storytelling where he can dig in and find the relationship of the story.
You were Aaron Burr in Hamilton, who is also considered the ΓÇ£bad guyΓÇ¥ in his show. Any parallels?
Everybody already thinks that these two are the bad ones. My job is to reveal to them the spectrum of these individuals. My goal in every performance is to reveal the spectrum of humanity and thatΓÇÖs a message that needs to be revealed over and over. A lot of the problems we have today is that people refuse to see the spectrum of human: weΓÇÖre light and dark, we can be good and bad. If you donΓÇÖt acknowledge that, you wonΓÇÖt be able to evolve.
Catch Brandon and the entire ensemble in Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert on Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m. on NBC.