Godspell, the legendary rock musical from Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy® and Academy Award®- winning composer of Wicked, is back. Following the enormous success of 2014’s gala performance at Shaftesbury Avenue’s Lyric Theatre, in support of the charity Make-A-Wish-Foundation®UK, Godspell In Concert is set to tour the UK in 2015, opening at the Hackney Empire on the 4th April.
The UK tour will feature a brand new, modern-day rock score packed to the heavens with favourites such as Light of the World, All Good Gifts and Day by Day.
This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theatregoers all over the world – and now UK theatre fans can join in the celebration as a spectacular ensemble is set to stir souls and raise spirits, aided by a full live band.
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.
Kenneth Avery Clark directs the production which was critically lauded at its London performance and Russell Scott, Musical Director is at the helm of the show’s spectacular new orchestration.
Russell Scott says of today’s announcement: “Producing Godspell In Concert at the Lyric Theatre was an incredible experience and brought the production back to the West End for the first time in 43 years. The new rock score is fantastic and brings the show into the modern day. Since the West End gala, we have worked tirelessly to bring Godspell back to the UK and on tour for the first time in almost 10 years in our new semi-staged concert format. It was a huge pleasure working with such a talented cast and creative team and we now look forward to taking the show on the road.”
Full UK casting to be announced later in 2014.