Concert of Stephen Schwartz's Godspell Will Play London's Lyric Theatre

By Andrew Gans
December 11, 2013

A concert version of Godspell, Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak's playful musical retelling of the Gospel of Matthew, will be presented at London's Lyric Theatre May 19, 2014.



Based on the recent Broadway revival, the evening will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, which grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

Godspell was last seen in the West End in 1972 at Wyndham’s Theatre.

The concert will feature a West End cast plus special guests, a hand-picked band and a 32-strong choir led by members of Maida Vale Singers and American Musical Theatre Academy. Kenneth Avery Clark will direct.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been granted the rights to Godspell for this very special concert in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation UK – a show I am very fond of and excited to be producing. It’s been too long since its last performance in the West End, and I’m delighted to be bringing it back!” said Russell Scott, producer and musical director, in a statement.

Tickets will go on sale Dec. 16.

For more information visit www.godspellinconcert.com.

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Daniel Goldstein directed the first-ever Broadway revival of the funky, pop-rock musical that premiered on Broadway in 1976 (following a long Off-Broadway run that launched in 1971). The new, in-the-round production began previews Oct. 13, 2011, and officially opened Nov. 7 at the Circle in the Square Theatre. The production ended its run June 24, 2012.