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Jesse L. Martin Cast in Marc Cherry's ABC Musical Drama Pilot

Jesse L. Martin
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The former "Law & Order" star is the first actor locked for “Hallelujah.”

Jesse L. Martin has been cast in Hallelujah, Marc Cherry's musical drama pilot for ABC.

The former Law & Order star is the first actor locked for Hallelujah. The drama is set in the town of Hallelujah, Tenn., which is being torn apart by the forces of good and evil. But the town's fortunes change when a mysterious stranger comes to town, bringing justice, peace and possibly restoring faith.   The show features a church choir that acts as a Greek choir of sorts. Martin is a veteran of Broadway - where he's starred in Rent and recently wrapped The Merchant of Venice opposite Al Pacino.   He's repped by ICM and manager Bob McGowan.