Following its nationwide search for local choirs to take part in ensemble roles, the production’s lead cast is today revealed for Godspell in Concert. The legendary rock musical from Stephen Schwartz, the award-winning composer of Wicked, returns to the UK’s stages and opens at Hackney’s Empire Theatre on Saturday 4 April ahead of a 28-venue national tour.
The UK tour follows the sell-out success of 2014’s gala performance at Shaftesbury Avenue’s Lyric Theatre, in support of the Make-A-Wish-Foundation UK. Jennifer Potts (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie) will reprise her role alongside Jason Broderick (Anna Nicole the Opera) who also appeared in the charity performance. They will be joined by Robert Hannouch (Miracle On 34th Street, The Cat in the Hat), Dominique Planter (Our House, The Threepenny Opera), Mitch Miller (Pop Factor) and Maeve Byrne (Ghost the Musical) and the ensemble is completed by Rachel Bingham, Laura Mansell, Steffan Lloyd-Evans and Ricky Johnston.
They join the already announced lead players Jade Ewen, Andy Abraham and Leanne Jarvis.
Musical Director Russell Scott said: “We are thrilled to welcome our superb cast of hugely talented artists from the world of musical theatre. The cast has been hand-picked and offers a diversity of performance styles which will culminate in what promises to be an electrifying production. In this innovative format, Godspell in Concert audiences are set to be exhilarated and enlivened by the intimacy of the concert production.”
The UK tour will feature a brand new, modern-day rock score packed with favourites such as ‘Light of the World’, ‘All Good Gifts’ and ‘Day By Day’.
Prior to the gala, the show last played the West End in 1972 at the Wyndham’s Theatre, where it turned David Essex into an overnight sensation and more recently Godspell has enjoyed a hugely successful run on Broadway.
Russell Scott and Mark Pettitt for Godspell in Concert UK Ltd will produce the 12-week UK tour, which features the Broadway revival score. Kenneth Avery-Clark directs the production and musical director Russell Scott is at the helm of the show’s new orchestration
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