Several major musical theatre stars are to headline a concert production of Godspell, the Broadway musical from Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 August.
Leading a cast of talented new young performers to launch The British Theatre Academy will be Broadway and West End Wicked Star Kerry Ellis, Olivier-nominated Preeya Kalidas (Bend It Like Beckham) and Tony-nominated Ramin Karimloo (Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera).
A timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love, Godspell, will be directed by Dean Johnson with musical direction by Michael Bradley (Grey Gardens).
The evening will be hosted by Mark Shenton, associate editor and joint lead critic of The Stage.
The British Theatre Academy has been set up to give young people who can not afford to access theatre theatre training the opportunity to work with top creatives in venues around the country.
A cast of 300 British Theatre Academy performers are appearing in the West End this summer in a special family version of the Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden, based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett with script and lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon. The staging, which will be directed by Rupert Hands, will run for six weeks at the Ambassadors Theatre from 27 July to 31 August.
Proceeds will go to continuing the work of The BTA.
Kerry Ellis said: “It’s so great to have the opportunity to work with new talents who have passion for the arts, that’s exactly what the kids from The British Theatre Academy are all about.”
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