STAGE VIEWS: Godspell Star Morgan James

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Playbill.com's new series features brief chats with Broadway actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they are looking forward to and more. Here, we speak with Godspell star Morgan James.

Morgan James
Morgan James Photo by Laura Marie Duncan

What show recently impressed you?
I absolutely loved Seminar with Alan Rickman. Since I am in a musical eight shows a week, I like to take a break and see as many plays as I can. The play is smart and funny, really thought-provoking... and I could watch him read the phone book!

What production are you most excited to see?
Well, obviously I can't wait to see Bonnie & Clyde... got to support my friend and mentor, Frank Wildhorn.  Really excited to see Jeremy [Jordan] and Laura [Osnes] in that. Also very excited to see Porgy and Bess.  One of my favorite musical works anyway, and when you add Audra [McDonald], it's a done deal. She's the reason I wanted to go to Juilliard, actually. Huge fan.

What are your current/upcoming projects?
I am hard at work now on my upcoming Jazz at Lincoln Center debut at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in the Time Warner Center. I will be performing five nights with my quartet, Dec. 13-17, in the after-hours set — a brand-new set of music! So honored to be singing in that gorgeous space. Also, continuing to work on my writing and gigs with my band, and hopefully an album soon.

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Morgan James has appeared on Broadway in the original cast of The Addams Family and in the current revival of Godspell. She was a soloist in Bernstein’s Mass with the BSO at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center (Grammy-nominated recording). She has appeared regionally in productions at Wilma Theatre, Arizona Theatre Co., Paper Mill Playhouse, Barrington Stage and Kansas City Rep. She performs regularly with her band. Check out her credits on the newly launched PlaybillVault.com, the largest Broadway database on the internet.

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