Godspell Revival Still Aiming for Fall 2011

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A Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak's Godspell is aiming for a Broadway bow in fall 2011, according to a recent Equity casting notice.

Daniel Goldstein
Daniel Goldstein

The New York Times had reported in January that the musical would arrive in the fall.

Daniel Goldstein, who had been scheduled to direct a Godspell revival that was to begin previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in September 2008, will helm the upcoming production, which will feature choreography by Christopher Gattelli; the latter was nominated for a Tony for Best Choreography for the Lincoln Center Theater revival of South Pacific.

Casting has yet to be announced. "American Idol" finalist Diana DeGarmo and Tony nominee Gavin Creel had been scheduled to star in the 2008 mounting.

Ken Davenport will produce the revival, which prior to the January New York Times report, had been aiming for a spring/summer 2011 bow. The change was due to a lack of available theatres, the Times said at the time.

Godspell features a score by Schwartz and a book by Tebelak. Based on "The Gospel According to St. Matthew," the musical, press notes state, uses "improvisation and contemporary themes to illustrate the parables, [bringing] these lessons to life through the grand tradition of musical theatre." Song titles include "Day By Day," "Save The People," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."

After a five-year run Off-Broadway (the musical opened at the Cherry Lane Theatre May 13, 1971, and transferred to the Promenade in August of that year), Godspell opened at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre in June 1976. It eventually played both the Plymouth and Ambassador theatres before closing Sept. 4, 1977, after 527 regular performances. Godspell was conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak.

Goldstein had directed a critically acclaimed production of Godspell at the Paper Mill Playhouse in 2006.

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