Spike Lee ( Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing) is set to direct a webcast featuring John Legend and The Roots on Thursday, September 23, with special guest American singer Jennifer Hudson rumored to join the stage. The interactive webcast will feature a live stream of the artists' soldout concert from live music venue Terminal 5 in New York City.
According to American pop culture site JustJared.com, additional guests include performers Common, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, and CL Smooth. The webcast will be the second in a series that began with Arcade Fire's recent Terry Gilliam-directed webcast from Madison Square Garden. Like that live-streamed event, the upcoming webcast will feature interactive options for viewers, including opportunities to choose camera angles, vote in real time for one song to be performed, and send questions via Twitter to Legend and The Roots for the chance to have them answered during an online pre-show.
The concert and webcast will coincide with the release of John Legend and The Roots' Wake Up!, the artists' collaborative album of covers on the themes of awareness and engagement that also features the original track "Shine." That album released on September 21.
The "Unstaged" series, a joint offering from American Express, VEVO, and YouTube, is planned to include five livestream concerts in all; other participating artists and directors will be announced in the coming months.
For last-minute updates on the performance and special guests, follow American Express on Twitter @AmericanExpress.
The webcast will be streamed live on September 23 at 9:00pm EDT at: