Original London Cast Members of Godspell, Including Marti Webb, Gay Soper, to Join David Essex for Concert Production
11 Mar 2014
Marti Webb and other members of the original London cast of Godspell, including Gay Soper, Tom Saffery, Deryk Parkin and Jacquie Ann Carr, will join the previously announced David Essex, who is hosting a one-off charity gala concert performance of the show at the West End's Lyric Theatre May 19.
They will join Essex, who is introducing the event, for the show's finale. According to a press statement, Julie Covington, who was also in the original cast, will be abroad and unable to attend, but it is still hoped that Jeremy Irons - who played John the Baptist - can join them, subject to filming commitments.
Producer and musical director Russell Scott commented, "We are delighted that so many of the original stars of Godspell can join us at the Lyric - their presence will make the evening extra special for fans of the musical and provide an emotional finale to the evening."
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.