Hello Everyone! If you hadn’t noticed yet, we’ve decided to spread out our “Preview” series through out the season. Thats because we want to give you the most up to date accurate information close to the production beginning on Broadway as possible. And as for now, our series continues with another fantastic revival headed to Broadway this season and another religious piece; Godspell.
Godspell is “a musical based upon the Gospel according to St. Matthew”. The famous one liner about this musical really says it all. Godspell is a musical thats a series of verses from the Gospel according to Matthew and puts them into song to create the musical we know today. However, don’t mind the fact that three of the verses are only recorded in the Gospel according to Luke! (Awkward) Anyways, the musical includes all of your favorite heavenly figures such as Mary, Jesus, Judas and John the Baptist. However, a fantastic company is always around to back up any of these figures in song or dance.
The production is set to feature a very talented and bright cast. Leading them all is Hunter Parrish, best known from the hit television show Weeds, in the role of Jesus. The rest of the cast includes Uzo Aduba, Nick Blaemire, Celissa Henderson, Morgan James, Joaquina Kaulkango, Eric Michael Krop, Telly Leung, Corey Mach, Julia Mattison, Lindsay Mendez, George Salazar, Wallace Smith as Judas and Anna Marie Perez De Tagle.
Godspell is a musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak. The musical began as a project of Stephen Schwartz’s when he was still attending Carnegie Mellon University. The production moved to Off-Broadway in 1971 where it played for 5 years before transferring to Broadway in 1976. Broadway producer Ken Davenport is at the lead for producing this musical’s epic return to Broadway. This production of Godspell is being directed by Daniel Goldstein and features choreography by Christopher Gattelli. Goldstein was at hand behind the well known production of Godspell that took place at Paper Mill Playhouse in 2006 and has reunited his team of designers for this Broadway production. However, it won’t be the same production by any means. This production team has “reimagined” Godspell for the Circle in the Square Theatre which is where the revival is currently sent to play.
EPIC FACT: The current upcoming revival of Godspell is set to play the Circle in the Square Theatre. This theatre is not only Broadway’s only “in-the-round” theatre but is located next to the Gershwin Theatre. The Gershwin Theatre is currently home to Wicked, another Stephen Schwartz musical, now its its 7th year on Broadway. With Godspell currently moving into the Circle in the Square Theatre, Stephen Schwartz’s first ever work on Broadway (Godspell) and latest work on Broadway (Wicked) will literally be seated next to each other on Broadway.
The rest of the creative team for Godspell includes a scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Miranda Hoffman, lighting design by David Weiner, sound design by Andrew Keister, orchestrations by Michael Holland and musical direction by Charlie Alterman.
So, Prepare Ye selves for an epic return of another rocking religious musical, Godspell! Previews for Godspell on Broadway begin October 13th, 2011 (this Thursday!) with an official opening set for November 7th, 2011. The production is currently set to play as an open run. So, experience a musical that changed it all and experience Godspell on Broadway returning this week! Thank you to Playbill.com for the photos used in this post! For an inside perspective on the behind the scenes work of Godspell, check out Producer Ken Davenport’s Blog on Godspell. You can also check out Godspell’s Official Broadway Website. And of course, Luner on Theatre will continue to bring you all your theatre news about Godspell and more as the season continues and we’ve only just begun!