The television series “The Chosen” continues to grow in popularity. More than $1.5 million worth of tickets were sold in the first 12 hours for an in-theater showing of its upcoming Christmas show.
“Christmas with The Chosen: The Messengers,” which features actors from “The Chosen” series, will be shown on December 1 and 2. Producer Derral Eves says that viewers can expect an amazing experience that showcases the birth of Christ through the eyes of Mary and Joseph and highlights the hardships they endured.
“We’re giving symbolism to the importance of certain things around the nativity that most people just kind of push aside, or they might sing about it, but not really have the context of what that means,” Eves said. “With ‘The Chosen,’ we try to do things disruptive. We try to do things outside the box. And we do believe that sometimes you need to do that to get more eyeballs on certain things.”
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“The Messengers” will feature performances from popular Christian artists and groups including Phil Wickham, Maverick City Music, for King and Country, Brandon Lake, Bryan and Katie Torwalt and others. Show creators want the event to be a worshipful experience celebrating the Christmas season, Eves said.
“What I love is we don’t necessarily view this as a special episode; it’s more of a way to worship and to gather together in a unique way,” he said. “And that’s kind of how we’re approaching this. It will be fun to see how people use this opportunity to gather their friends, their family and come together in the theaters and see something that was made specifically for that.”
Through the Christmas special, creators hope viewers will connect with the gospel personally, whether through song or the spoken word.
“We all connect differently, and so we wanted to really look at people that connect visually or through music or through spoken word and bring that together in an experience that should build upon each other and make a very strong piece for people to really be moved,” Eves said.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice