West End stars set for Godspell 50th Anniversary online concert

A line up of West End stars have been confirmed for a Godspell 50th Anniversary online concert.

The virtual event will be hosted by Hope Mill Theatre and will raise funds for the theatre as well as Acting For Others, and National AIDS Trust.

The virtual concert will stream on 27th, 28th & 29th August, 2020 with tickets costing £15 available to purchase online here.

Ticket Holders will be sent a link to view the concert at 10am on the date of their purchase and the link will expire after 24 hours.

Ruthie Henshall (Chicago; Billy Elliot), and Darren Day (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) will return to reprise their roles from the 1993 cast recording; they will be joined by Sam Tutty, Ria Jones and Jenna Russell.

Starring alongside them will be leading West End Talent: Jodie Steele, Danyl Johnson, Jenny Fitzpatrick, Natalie Green, John Barr, Sally Ann Triplett, Gerard McCarthy, Alison Jiear, Shekinah McFarlane and Lucy Williamson.

Directed by award-winning Michael Stratten (Billy; Assassins), it will be filmed from the cast’s homes and edited together with striking visual animations. It is a revival of Godspell like never before, revamping the show for the modern technological age.

Composed by Stephen Schwartz with a book by John-Michael Tebelak, Godspell tells the story of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Matthew. With songs including ‘Day By Day’, ‘Prepare Ye’, ‘Turn Back O Man’ and ‘Beautiful City’, the show follows a community of disciples as they learn the concepts of compassion, trust, love and tolerance.

Joseph Houston, Artistic Director of Hope Mill Theatre said: “We are so honoured to be collaborating on this online concert celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the musical Godspell and to be using this opportunity to support not only our own venue, but the incredible work that Acting for Others and the National AIDS Trust are doing during this time.

“The line-up of talent we have assembled is incredible and I know that this is going to be an online event not to be missed. We are also thrilled to be once again presenting a Stephen Schwartz musical and to share the musical genius of one of the world’s best musical theatre composers.”

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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