Kohler Replaces Groff in Paper Mill Godspell

News   Kohler Replaces Groff in Paper Mill Godspell Dan Kohler, a recent graduate of Northwestern University, will play Jesus in the Paper Mill Playhouse's upcoming production of Godspell. Kohler replaces Jonathan Groff, who, as previously announced, withdrew from the musical to star in the Broadway bow of Spring Awakening.

Godspell is scheduled to begin previews at the New Jersey theatre Sept. 20 with an official opening Sept. 24 at 7:30 PM. The limited engagement will run through Oct. 22. Directed by Daniel Goldstein with choreography by Dan Knechtges, the cast will also feature Joshua Henry as Judas/John with Uzo Aduba, Sarah Bolt, Sara Chase, Holly Davis, Patrick Heusinger, Anika Larsen, Telly Leung, Kasey Marino, Julie Reiber and Robin De Jesus.

The creative team for the production comprises David Korins (set design), Miranda Hoffman (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Randy Hansen (sound design) and Loren Toolajian (musical direction).

Godspell, which was conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak, features a score by Wicked’s Stephen Schwartz. About the Paper Mill production, director Goldstein said in a statement, “Our Godspell is about people coming together, out of a storm, and finding refuge in the theatre and in each other. . . . My team and I are creating the show for the individual talents of our extraordinary cast and specifically for the Paper Mill stage."

Godspell features such tunes as "Day By Day," "Save The People," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."

At Northwestern University Dan Kohler starred in productions of Parade (Tom Watson), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Twelfth Night (Malvolio) and Hair (Berger). He also appeared in Tina Landau's production of WAS with the American Musical Theater Project. Kohler has toured the country as a puppeteer. The Paper Mill Playhouse is located on Brookside Drive in Millburn, NJ. Tickets, priced $19-$68, are available by calling (973) 376-4343 or by visiting www.papermill.org.

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