Godspell to Return to Broadway in Summer 2008

News   Godspell to Return to Broadway in Summer 2008 The first Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz's Godspell is scheduled to arrive at a Shubert theatre to-be-announced in summer 2008.
Stephen Schwartz
Stephen Schwartz

Daniel Goldstein will direct the production with choreography by Christopher Gattelli. Casting will be announced at a later date.

The upcoming production, produced by Adam Epstein, will reunite the creative team of the 2006 production of Godspell at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, which was helmed by Goldstein: scenic designer David Korins, costume designer Miranda Hoffman, lighting designer Ben Stanton and sound designer Randy Hanson.

In a statement producer Epstein said, "When I saw Daniel Goldstein's production of Godspell, I was overpowered by its vibrancy and relevance. This Broadway production will take that experience to an even more glorious level. It is essential that the power of this production and how it moves people lives on at its highest potential."

Godspell features a score by Stephen Schwartz and a book by John-Michael Tebelak. Based on "The Gospel According to St. Matthew," the musical, press notes state, uses "improvisation and contemporary themes to illustrate the parables, [bringing] these lessons to life through the grand tradition of musical theatre." Song titles include "Day By Day," "Save The People," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."

After a five-year run Off-Broadway (the musical opened at the Cherry Lane Theatre May 13, 1971, and transferred to the Promenade in August of that year), Godspell opened at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre in June 1976. It eventually played both the Plymouth and Ambassador theatres before closing Sept. 4, 1977, after 527 regular performances. Godspell was conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak. *

The 2006 Paper Mill cast of Godspell featured Dan Kohler as Jesus with Joshua Henry as Judas/John and Uzo Aduba, Sarah Bolt, Sara Chase, Holly Davis, Patrick Heusinger, Anika Larsen, Telly Leung, Kasey Marino, Julie Reiber and Robin De Jesus.