After 42 years following its premiere, the legendary rock musical Godspell returns to the West End, reuniting musical stars Marti Webb and David Essex
David Essex to introduce Godspell at the Lyric Theatre
In a one-off charity gala performance, Godspell will show at the Lyric Theatre on Monday 19 May, 2014. The concert will be the first time the musical has been staged at the West End since its premiere, 42 years ago.
David Essex, who played Jesus in the original West End production will introduce the one-off performance. It was David Essex’ performance as Jesus in the original production which turned him into an overnight success and a household name.
Marti Webb has confirmed she will reunite with Essex and the several other original cast members of the rock musical. The English musical actress recently returned to the West End in typical sensational fashion, starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s one woman show Tell Me on a Sunday.
The star-studded cast include the sensational musical singer Zoe Tyler. Asides being a regular presenter on ITV’s popular daytime chat show ‘Loose Women’, Zoe boasts numerous great stage credits. She first appeared in the West End at the tender age of 20, when she played Fantine in Les Miserables. Zoe also performed in the award-winning City of Angels in the West End and played the singing legend Eva Cassidy in a national tour of Over The Rainbow. In her newest theatre performance, Zoe Tyler will play the character of Lindsay in Godspell, renamed Zoe for the the West End production.
Andy Abraham will perform alongside Marti Webb, playing Judas. Andy Abraham of course rose to fame on the 2005 X Factor when he finished runner-up. The English singer has since enjoyed commercial success, having released four albums.
Written by Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer of Wicked, Godspell tells a tale of loyalty, love and timeless friendship. The feel-good musical features many popular songs, including Turn Back, Day by Day, Light of the World and O Man. The musical is based on a series of parables, based principally on the Gospel of Luke.
The one-off special concert will include a 32-strong choir and a live band conducted by Russell Scott. Godspell is being performed as a charity gala in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation. Make-A-Wish grants wishes of children and young people living with life-threatening diseases.
Sharing his excitement of the reunion of some of the original Godspell cast members, producer and musical director Russell Scott said:
“We are delighted that so many of the original stars of Godspell can join us at the Lyric – their presence will make the evening extra special for fans of the musical and provide an emotional finale to the evening.”
If you want to be part of an historical West End evening, grab yourself a ticket for this one-off performance of Godspell.