Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated actor Gary Busey will play God (in a suit) in the new pop rock office musical Only Human at Theatre St. Clements this fall. The musical will tell the story of Jesus and Lucifer, who, before they were enemies, were co-workers who just couldn't see eye to eye.
Only Human features a book by Jess Carson, and music and lyrics by Mike Squillante, based on a story by Jesse Murphy and Squillante. The production, which will begin October 8, is choreographed by Josue Jasmin and directed by NJ Agwuna. Adrià Barbosa is music director.
“God is everything love is, and that love becomes the beginning of blessings and miracles,” says Busey. “Playing this role of God is easy because I’m not acting, I’m just believing. You come see it and you’ll believe it too.”
God is also referred to as The Boss. Additional casting will be announced.
Busey has appeared in over 150 films spanning four decades, with credits that include Point Break, Lethal Weapon and The Buddy Holly Story, which garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in 1978. He made his Off-Broadway debut in 2016 in Warren Manzi’s long-running murder mystery Perfect Crime.
Only Human, which will officially open October 21 for a run scheduled through January 2020, is produced by Murphy, co-founder of Jesse|James Films, with partner James Sears Bryant. Additional producers are Gylden Entertainment, Gary and Sharon Jarrard, James Raby, Mary and Dick Meisterling, Amy Hassinger, and Steve Becker.
The creative team also includes scenic designer Andrew Moerdyk, costume designer Avery Reed, and lighting designer Eric Norbury. Foresight Theatrical serves as general manager.