Godspell Cast Album to Arrive Digitally Dec. 20; In-Store to Follow in 2012
By Adam Hetrick
The cast album of the current Broadway revival of Godspell, which captures Stephen Schwartz's score through new contemporary arrangements and a cast featuring Hunter Parrish, Lindsay Mendez, Telly Leung and Wallace Smith, will be available for digital download Dec. 20 in advance of a Jan. 31, 2012, in-store release from Ghostlight Records.
Produced by Schwartz, Michael Holland, Kurt Deutsch and executive producer Ken Davenport (who also produces the revival), the 18-track recording reflects all of Schwartz's pop-inflected score, as well as two additional bonus tracks, including "Beautiful City" (performed by John Ondrasik of the band Five for Fighting) and an "After Hours" take on "Learn Your Lessons Well," featuring cast members Leung, Mendez and Smith.
Michael Holland penned the new arrangements for this latest incarnation of Godspell. A highlight of the production's new musical palette is a plaintively arresting take on "Beautiful City."
Producers have also announced that "Prepare Ye" will be available Dec. 12 for live streaming on the Godspell facebook page; visit http://sh-k-boom.com/godspell.shtml to pre-order.
Godspell began previews Oct. 13 at the Circle in the Square Theatre and officially opened on Broadway Nov. 7 under the direction of Daniel Goldstein. The cast and band recorded the cast album Nov. 8 and 14.
"I'm so happy with this recording," composer-lyricist Schwartz said in a statement. "Not only do I love the new arrangements by Michael Holland, but this may be the best-singing cast in the history of Godspell!"
The track listing for Godspell follows:
1. Tower of Babble (Company)
The 2011 revival cast features Parrish (Spring Awakening, "Weeds") as Jesus, Smith (American Idiot) as Judas, as well as Mendez (Everyday Rapture, Grease), Leung (Rent, "Glee"), Uzo Aduba (Coram Boy), Nick Blaemire (Cry-Baby), Celisse Henderson ("The Electric Company," In Transit), Morgan James (Wonderland, The Addams Family), Anna Maria Perez de Tagle ("Hannah Montana," "Fame") and George Salazar (Spring Awakening national tour).
Godspell is produced by Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Broadway Across America, Luigi Caiola, Rose Caiola, Edgar Lansbury, Mike McClernon, The Tolchin Family, Guillermo Wiechers & Juan Torres and The People of Godspell. Associate producers include Dennis Grimaldi Production, Todd Miller, Pivot Entertainment Group, Chris Welch and Cedric Yau.
Tickets are $125 for all performances except Saturday evenings, which are $135. Tickets are available by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com/godspell. Circle in the Square Theater is located at 1633 Broadway at 50th Street.
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