A modern live musical with current pop songs that tells the Easter story was performed in the centre of the German city of Essen and broadcast nationwide on TV.
Almost 3 million viewers watched the musical broadcast Die Passion (The Passion) of the German TV channel RTL on Easter Wednesday evening.
RTL said in a press release that the live broadcast achieved the second-highest audience rating of all German-language TV programmes on that day. Only the ARD news program Tagesschau (Day News) had more viewers that evening.
Die Passion is a modern musical with current pop songs that brought the Easter story to the stage. Thomas Gottschalk was the host of the program, which also had a time for solidarity and charity, with the participation of many well-known German singers and actors, reported Glaube.at.
“We dared to do something with Die Passion. There has never been anything like it on German television and the audience has rewarded our courage. We are very happy about this and are currently looking into next year”, said Henning Tewes, Managing Director of RTL.
Several volunteers carried a luminous cross in a procession through the streets of Essen to the main stage set up on the Burgplatz in Essen's city centre while the show was on the stage. In short interviews, during the show, they talked about their faith experiences with God and the Christian faith.
The live musical is organised by the German Bible Society, the Protestant Working Group for Missionary Church Development, the SCM Publishing Group and the Catholic Bonifatiuswerk.
It was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, but had to be postponed twice due to the Corona pandemic.
Die Passion has been one of the most successful live TV events at Easter in the Netherlands for 12 years now.