Godspell returns to West End for charity gala

GodspellinConcertimageThe acclaimed Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz’s musical Godspell is to be staged in the West End for the first time since it premiered there 42 years ago.

And the one-off charity gala concert performance at the Lyric Theatre (Monday 19 May), in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, will be introduced on stage by David Essex, whose casting as Jesus in the original production turned him into an overnight sensation.

A timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love, Godspell features such popular songs as ‘Day By Day’, ‘Light of the World’ and ‘Turn Back, O Man’.

For the first time in the UK, fans will hear the stunning new orchestrations from the recent acclaimed Broadway revival production.

Godspell will star Zoe Tyler and Andy Abraham, with a West End cast, a live band and a 32-strong choir led by members of Maida Vale Singers and American Musical Theatre Academy.

Zoe Tyler was until recently a regular presenter on ITV1’s award-winning daytime show Loose Women. She first appeared in the West End aged 20, as Fantine in Les Misérables. Her other shows include Jesus Christ Superstar on tour, the award winning City of Angels in the West End, the Narrator in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and as singing legend Eva Cassidy in a national tour of Over the Rainbow.

Since coming second on the X Factor in 2005, Andy Abraham has sold out the Royal Albert Hall and released four albums, selling in excess of half a million records.

The rest of the cast: Stewart Clarke (currently starring as Sam Wheat in the UK tour of Ghost), Rob Houchen (the current West End Marius in Les Misérables), Sarah Galbraith (has appeared in all three US productions of The Phantom of The Opera), Katie Paine (currently appearing in We Will Rock You as first cover Killer Queen), Turlough Convery from E4’s Fresh Meat (Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year), Jason Broderick (Sweeney Todd at West Yorkshire Playhouse), Laura Darton (a finalist in the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year 2013).

Kenneth Avery Clark directs, alongside choreographer Paul Robinson and musical director Russell Scott. Godspell is presented by Russell Scott Entertainment Ltd in association with In House Casting.

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