Godspell, The legendary rock musical returns to the West End 42 years after its premiere – for one night only at the Lyric Theatre on 19th May 2014 at 7.30pm.
The acclaimed Broadway revival in concert, a charity gala in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK
The evening will be hosted by original West End cast member DAVID ESSEX, who starred as Jesus in Godspell at Wyndhams theatre in 1972.
David Essex “I was at a crossroads wondering whether to carry on with acting and music when my mentor and manager Derek Bowman called me to attend an audition for a new musical called ‘Godspell’. I auditioned and was offered the part of Jesus. I asked the director should I grow a beard, he said no we play Jesus as a red nosed clown! Godspell for me and an ensemble cast of sparkling talent was a truly wonderful experience which turned me into an overnight success.”
Godspell, the heart-lifting feel-good Broadway musical from Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), 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, 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, featuring such popular songs as Day By Day, Light of the World and Turn Back, O Man, Godspell has touched the hearts of theatregoers across the world since then. For the first time in the UK, fans will hear the brilliant new orchestrations from the recent acclaimed Broadway revival production.
Godspell will star Zoe Tyler and Andy Abraham, together with a West End cast, a band and a 32-strong choir led by members of Maida Vale Singers and American Musical Theatre Academy. Conducted by Russell Scott, Director Kenneth Avery Clark.
Zoe Tyler was until recently a regular presenter on ITV1’s 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 his Technicolor Dreamcoat and as singing legend Eva Cassidy in a national tour of Over The Rainbow.
From 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.
Cast includes: Stewart Clarke (currently starring as Sam Wheat in the UK tour of Ghost), Rob Houchen (current West End Marius in Les Misérables), Sarah Galbraith (has appeared in all three US productions of The Phantom of The Opera, first on Broadway, before covering and playing Christine Daaé and Madame Giry in Las Vegas and on the US national tour), 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).
Director Kenneth Avery Clark. Musical Director Russell Scott. Choreographer Paul Robinson.
Sound Johnny Dickie. Producer Russell Scott. Assistant Producer Denise Scott. Associate
Producer/Casting Director Mark Pettitt.
The Broadway revival in Concert
Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 7ES
Monday 19th May at 7.30pm
Prices if booked in person at the Box Office
(includes a £1 Theatre Restoration Levy)
Stalls: £47.50, £37.50
Dress Circle: £47.50, £37.50,
Upper Circle: £37.50, £27.50
Balcony: £37.50, £22.50
Prices if purchased online or over the phone
(includes booking fee and a £1 Theatre
Stalls: £50, £40
Dress Circle: £50, £40
Upper Circle: £40, £30
Balcony: £40, £25
Duration: 2hrs 45mins including interval (approx)
Thursday 20th February 2014