Godspell to Be Presented in Concert at West End's Lyric Theatre with Broadway Orchestations; David Essex Will Host
20 Feb 2014
Godspell will be presented in a one-night concert May 19 at the West End's Lyric Theatre, in a charity gala to be hosted by David Essex, who starred as Jesus in the original West End production of the show in 1972.
The evening will feature the orchestrations of the 2011 Broadway revival that ran at the Circle in the Square Theatre.
The show, presented by Russell Scott Entertainment Ltd. in association with In House Casting, features musical direction (of a live band) by Scott and direction by Kenneth Avery Clark. Choreography will be by Paul Robinson.
Presented in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, it will feature a 32-strong choir and a cast led by Zoe Tyler (a regular presenter of TV's "Loose Women," who has previously appeared in the West End in Les Miserables and City of Angels) and Andy Abraham (who came second in TV's "The X Factor" in 2005).
The cast will also feature Stewart Clarke, Sarah Galbraith, Katie Paine, Turlough Convery, Jason Broderick and Laura Darton.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.