Learn Your Lessons Well; Godspell to Close on Broadway
Where are you going? Where are you going? Lyrics from the song “By My Side” from the Stephen Schwartz musical Godspell now not only apply to the musical itself but have answered its fate. It seem as though now the Broadway season, heading into Summer 2012, has claimed its first closure come post tony Awards 2012. In a much expected announcement this week, lead producer Ken Davenport announced that the ht Broadway revival of Godspell would shutter on Broadway June 24th.
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 is fun and most definitely one of the most unique productions around especially with the music for the show. The show also features a lot of your favorite characters such as Jesus, Judas, Mary and others in a fun ensemble that bring to life great song and music in one epic show.
The revival of Godspell started gracing Broadway back in the Fall of 2011 with previews beginning October 13th and an official opening on November 7th at the Circle in the Square Theatre. The new musical takes a quirky spin fun and the original idea and concept of John-Michael Tebelak and combines it all into a musical directed by Daniel Goldstein and choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli. By the time Godspell closes on Broadway on June 24th, it will have played a total of 30 previews and 264 performances.
The original cast included Hunter Parrish as Jesus and Lindsay Mendez, who have since departed the production. Corbin Bleu replaced Parrish as Jesus and will play the show will it closes. The rest of the cast currently includes Wallace Smith as John and Judas, as well as Uzo Aduba, Nick Blaemire, Hannah Elless, Celisse Henderson, Morgan James, Telly Leung, George Salazar and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle. Understudies are Corey Mach, Eric Michael Krop, Julia Mattison and Amina Robinson.
The closing announce of Godspell on Broadway comes as no surprise overall for the community. Godspell has been struggling with ticket sales since January and many assumed would close in the cold winter on Broadway when many shows do. However, lead producer Ken Davenport held out and invested. Fun events and incentives brought more people to Godspell but that could only last for a certain amount of time. Godspell recently got the chance to perform on the 2012 Tony Awards which Davenport hoped would bring up ticket sales. It did not and so, lead producer Ken Davenport has announced Godspell will close on Broadway come June 24th.
Davenport released the following statement with the notice of the show closing;
“I’ve never been more proud of a show than I am of Godspell. For nine months this incredible company of performers brought joy into the hearts of more than 153,000 people (and blasted them with over 1,000 pounds of confetti) … forever changing their lives, and mine as well. And while this production of Godspell may not be at Circle in the Square past the 24th of June, it will be in our hearts and the hearts of everyone who saw it forever.”
A truly proud producer as he deserves to be. Godspell has brought fun, imagination and a creative spirit for new revivals back to Broadway. Ironically enough, Godspell is currently playing at Circle in the Square Theatre which is located next to the Gershwin Theatre where Wicked is playing. Many have enjoyed the fact that for some time, Schwartz’s first Broadway musical and latest got the chance to play side by side one another.
So Prepare ye selfs for the new Godspell on Broadway closing June 24th at the Circle in the Square Theatre! If your a high school musical lover, Godspell lover or theatre fan make sure you get the chance to check out this new production! Godspell is currently running at the Circle in the Square Theatre on 50th street. For more information, check out Godspell’s Official Broadway Website or check out their Official Facebook Page.And of course, check out Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and more!