Mary the musical to premiere at Vatican

A singing Mary will make her debut this month when a musical on the life of the mother of Jesus has its world premiere at the Vatican.

The Vatican says the musical "Mary of Nazareth - A Continuing Story" premieres June 17. It is not clear if Pope Benedict XVI will attend.

The musical is an Italian production sponsored by the Vatican offices for Social Communications and Culture. The role of Mary will be sung by Italian soprano Alma Manera.

There have been movies and plays on the Madonna, and famous pieces of music dedicated to her.

The most famous musical on the life of Jesus, "Jesus Christ Superstar," was made into a movie released in 1973.

The Vatican announced the musical on Wednesday.