Jesus Christ may be dying on Broadway, but downtown, He will rise again with the Third Eye Repertory production of Stephen Schwartz's Godspell, opening Aug. 2 at the Theatre at Saint Peter's Church. Performances began July 18.
A basic retelling of the last days of Jesus Christ, Godspell features the hit "Day by Day," "Save the People" and "Learn Your Lessons Well" and was made into a 1973 film staring Victor Garber and David Haskell. Third Eye's version, hippie-free, Schwartz insisted in a statement, has new lyrics by Schwartz, updated dialogue, new arrangements and a contemporary directorial vision.
Third Eye Rep's Shawn Rozsa is the director, leading a cast including Shoshana Bean, Tim Cain, Catherine Carpenter, Will Erat, Barrett Foa, Lucia Giannetta, Capathia Jenkins (The Civil War), Chad Kimball, Leslie Kritzer and Eliseo Roman.
Designing the production are Broadway's William Ivey Long (costumes), Kevin Lock (sets) and Herrick Goldman (lighting).
Tickets are $50-$45. The Theatre at Saint Peter's is located at 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street. For reservations, call (212) 307-4100. This production of Godspell is on the web at http://www.godspellny.com.