Representatives for the production confirmed that members of the Godspell band were recording the musical tracks Nov. 8, with the cast to follow Nov. 14 to lay down vocals. Kurt Deutsch and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz are producing the album. Godspell lead producer Ken Davenport first tweeted the news of the recording.
An early January 2012 in-store release date is the goal, though the disc will likely be available at the Circle in the Square Theatre before then.
Daniel Goldstein directs the first-ever Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz's pop-rock take on the Gospel of Matthew, which was originally conceived and directed by book writer John-Michael Tebelak. Godspell opened Nov. 7 after previews that began Oct. 13.
Standouts in the Tony-nominated score include "Day By Day," "All Good Gifts," "Save the People," "O Bless the Lord," and "Beautiful City." The revival reflects updated orchestrations and vocal arrangements by Michael Holland. Musical director is Charlie Alterman.
In addition to the original 1976 Broadway cast album, Godspell recordings include the 1973 film soundtrack, a 2001 national tour version and the 2000 Off-Broadway revival, featuring Chad Kimball, Leslie Kritzer, Shoshana Bean and Barrett Foa. The 2011 revival cast features Parrish (Spring Awakening, "Weeds") as Jesus, Smith (American Idiot) as Judas, as well as Mendez (Everyday Rapture, Grease), Leung (Rent, "Glee"), Uzo Aduba (Coram Boy), Nick Blaemire (Cry-Baby), Celisse Henderson ("The Electric Company," In Transit), Morgan James (Wonderland, The Addams Family), Anna Maria Perez de Tagle ("Hannah Montana," "Fame") and George Salazar (Spring Awakening national tour).
James, who has been out of the production after suffering an injury during early previews, will return to Godspell later this month. She will be heard on the album. Understudy Julia Mattison has been performing the role in her absence.
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Director Goldstein reunited the designers of the critically acclaimed 2006 Paper Mill Playhouse conception of Godspell for this new Broadway production that has been "completely re-imagined" for the Circle in the Square, Broadway's only in-the-round theatre. (Designer Korins has hidden a pool of water and other surprises within the stage floor.)
Godspell is produced by Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Broadway Across America, Luigi Caiola, Rose Caiola, Edgar Lansbury, Mike McClernon, The Tolchin Family, Guillermo Wiechers & Juan Torres and The People of Godspell. Associate producers include Dennis Grimaldi Production, Todd Miller, Pivot Entertainment Group, Chris Welch and Cedric Yau.
Tickets are $125 for all performances except Saturday evenings, which are $135. Tickets are available by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com/godspell. Circle in the Square Theater is located at 1633 Broadway at 50th Street.
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