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GODSPELL Finally Coming to Broadway this Fall

PREPARE YE!
PREVIEWS BEGIN THIS OCTOBER!
GROUP TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 

KEN DAVENPORT

AND

THE PEOPLE OF GODSPELL

PRESENT THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION
AND FIRST-EVER BROADWAY REVIVAL
OF THE LANDMARK ROCK MUSICAL

 GODSPELL

MUSIC AND NEW LYRICS BY
ACADEMY AWARD AND GRAMMY AWARD WINNER
STEPHEN SCHWARTZ

CONCEIVED AND ORIGINALLY DIRECTED BY
JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK

CHOREOGRAPHED BY TONY AWARD NOMINEE
CHRISTOPHER GATTELLI 

DIRECTED BY
DANIEL GOLDSTEIN 

PREVIEW PERFORMANCES BEGIN THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011
AT BROADWAY'S CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE THEATRE;
OPENING NIGHT IS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7

GROUP TICKETS (10+) ON SALE NOW!
CALL TOLL FREE 1-855-DAY-BY-DAY
SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE BEGINNING MONDAY, JULY 11

WWW.GODSPELL.COM

Producer Ken Davenport is pleased to announce that the 40th Anniversary production and first-ever Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz's landmark rock musicalGODSPELL is scheduled to begin preview performances on Thursday, October 13, 2011at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway at 50th Street).

Directed by Daniel Goldstein and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific), Opening Night is Monday, November 7 (7 p.m.).

GODSPELL reunites Daniel Goldstein -- making his Broadway directorial debut -- and the designers of their critically-acclaimed 2006 Paper Mill Playhouse conception in a new production that has been completely re-imagined for the Circle in the Square, one of Broadway's most intimate, unique and versatile houses.

GODSPELL features scenic design by David Korins (Passing Strange, Bridge and Tunnel), costume design by Miranda Hoffman (Well), lighting design by Ben Stanton(Angels in America) and orchestrations by Michael Holland (Hurricane). 

Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelakwith music and new lyrics by Academy and Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin),GODSPELL has continued to electrify audiences throughout the country since its original New York premiere in May 1971.

GODSPELL's Tony-nominated score features instantly recognizable hits including "Day by Day," "Turn Back, O Man," "Learn Your Lessons Well, "Prepare Ye the Way," "Light of the World" and many more.

One of the most popular musicals in the world, GODSPELL originally ran for more than 2,600 performances in New York and spawned successful touring productions in major U.S. cities, a 1973 motion picture adaptation and countless international engagements for the past 40 years.

The new Broadway revival of GODSPELL is produced by Ken Davenport and The People of Godspell.  Complete casting will be announced soon. 

For more information and updates, visit www.Godspell.com.

TICKETING AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE *

GODSPELL will play Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway at 50thSt.). Beginning Thursday, October 13, the weekly preview performance schedule is as follows:

Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Beginning Tuesday, November 15, the regular performance schedule is as follows:
Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.
Wednesday matinees at 2 p.m.
Thursday and Friday evenings at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.         

Tickets are $125.00 for all performances except Saturday evenings, which are $135.00 (all prices include a $2.00 facility fee) and are available by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200 beginning Monday, July 11.  

Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Circle in the Square Theatre Box Office beginning Monday, September 19.  Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (closed on Sundays).  

Group sales (10+ tickets) are now available by calling toll-free 1-855-DAY-BY-DAY (1-855-329-2932).

[* Performance schedule and pricing are subject to change at any time.]

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES

STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (Music and New Lyrics) has contributed music and/or lyrics to Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker's Wife, Working (which he also adapted and directed), Rags, Children of Eden and the current Broadway hit, Wicked. He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein's Mass and wrote the title song for the play and movie Butterflies Are Free. For children, he has written songs for two musicals, Captain Louieand My Son Pinocchio. For films, he collaborated with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney'sEnchanted as well as the animated features Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dameand wrote the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature The Prince of Egypt.  His first opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, premiered with Opera Santa Barbara in the fall of 2009 and was recently presented by New York City Opera. A book about his career, "Defying Gravity," has recently been released by Applause Books. Under the auspices of the ASCAP Foundation, he runs musical theatre workshops in New York and Los Angeles, and is currently the President of the Dramatists' Guild. Mr. Schwartz has recently been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Other awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and a tiny handful of tennis trophies.  Those interested can find more information at www.stephenschwartz.com.

JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK (Concept and Original Direction) was 22 years old when Godspell hit New York.  It was his first brush with the New York theatre, but by no means his first venture into theatrics.  His theatrical career started when he "walked into a theatre at the age of nine and stayed there."  Mr. Tebelak originally conceived of Godspell as his Master's Thesis project at Carnegie-Mellon University in 1970. All of the original cast members contributed to the playful script that evolved under John-Michael's direction. Subsequently, he directed productions of Godspell at La MaMa Theatre in February of 1971, the Cherry Lane Theatre (opening May 17, 1971), the Promenade Theatre, and on Broadway.  Tebelak co-authored the screenplay for Godspell (1973) for Columbia Pictures with David Greene.  Mr. Tebelak was dramaturge forthe Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City, and wrote and staged liturgical drama there. He died of a heart attack at the age of 36 in April 1985.

DANIEL GOLDSTEIN (Director) is the director of The Unauthorized Biography of Sarah Brown(Goodspeed/Broadway Across America) and Artificial Fellow Traveler with Ethan Sandler, as well as an upcoming production of God of Carnage at Huntington Theater Company next year. As a writer, his musical Unknown Soldier (written with Michael Friedman) will be at the O'Neill National Musical Theater Conference, summer 2011.  Recent projects include The Ride (NYC commercial), Golden Boy (Juilliard), Annie (St. Louis MUNY), Clear (O'Neill National Musical Theater Conference), True West (Williamstown Theater Festival), Miss Margarida's Way (Bay Street Theater, with Julie Halston), A New Brian at the Toho Theater in Tokyo, Mary's Weddingat the Two Rivers Theater, a highly praised revival of Godspell at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Sinan Unel's The Cry of the Reed at the Huntington Theatre Company, Beau Willimon's Lower Ninth at the Flea and SPF, the Off-Broadway commercial production of the hit Fringe Festival musical Walmartopia, Kenny Finkle's Indoor/Outdoor at the DR2 and SPF, Falsettos and Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Huntington Theatre Company, But I'm a Cheerleader at the New York Musical Theater Festival and Bathsheba Doran's Living Room in Africa at Gloucester Stage. He has served as the Associate Director for All Shook Up! and Fully Committed and the Resident Director for the First National Tour of Mamma Mia!. He is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Performance Studies.

CHRISTOPHER GATTELLI (Choreographer). Broadway: South Pacific (Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sunday in the Park with George, The Ritz, Martin Short - Fame Becomes Me, 13, High Fidelity and the upcoming revival ofFunny Girl. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz  (Lucille Lortel Award, Joe Callaway Award, Helen Hayes Award, Drama Desk Nom.); Bat Boy: The Musical (Lucille Lortel Award); 10 Million Miles; Adrift in Macao; tick, tick...BOOM!; I Love You Because; How To Save the World.... West End: South Pacific; Sunday in the Park with George; tick, tick...BOOM!  National/International Tours: Altar Boyz, Godspell, Grease, Pooh's Perfect Day (World Premiere) Disney Theatricals. Regional: Little Miss Sunshine (La Jolla Playhouse), Kander and Ebb's All About Us (Westport Playhouse), The Baker's Wife (Paper Mill Playhouse), Me and My Girl  (Goodspeed Opera House), Tom Jones - World Premiere (North Shore Music Theater), O. Henry's Lover (Goodspeed-at-Chester).  As director: world premiere of Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas at Goodspeed Opera House;Chance and Chemistry: A Tribute to Frank Loesser at The Minskoff Theater starring Sir Paul McCartney, Jo Sullivan  Loesser, Art Garfunkel, Hugh Jackman, Chita Rivera, Audra McDonald, Judy Kuhn, and more, including Elmo from "Sesame Street;" Radio Girl at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theater; Departure Lounge at The Public for SPF's Summer Series. Other favorites include: Broadway concerts of Hair with Jennifer Hudson, and Chess with Josh Groban, choreographed for "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" for three seasons, and the opening number for the 2000 Tony Awards. Upcoming: Silence! The Musical at Theater 80 on St. Marks, World Premiere of Disney's Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse and the new revival of Funny Girl.

KEN DAVENPORT (Producer). Broadway productions include Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell's You're Welcome AmericaBlithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury and 13. He also recently released These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road with Red Wanting Blue, a documentary on one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country. Ken is the only independent producer to have had three shows running simultaneously Off-Broadway-Altar BoyzThe Awesome 80s Prom and My First Time. He was featured on a national commercial for Apple's iPhone, named one of Crain's "Forty Under 40," and was dubbed the "P.T. Barnum of Off-Broadway" by The New York Times. Ken created and developed a smartphone app called AT THE BOOTH™, which gives a listing of available shows at the famed TKTS® booth in Times Square. AT THE BOOTH™ has been featured on Entertainment Weekly's Must List and called "Ingenious! The best thing to happen to New York theater since, well, the introduction of the TKTS® booth!" Combined, Ken's productions have grossed more than $100 million worldwide and are being produced internationally in over 25 countries including Germany, Mexico, France and Korea. Current projects include bringing the first ever revivals of both Godspell and A Few Good Men to Broadway, adapting the novel and film Somewhere in Time into a Broadway musical, and his latest creative collaboration MissAbigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage!. He also runs a number of theatrical websites including Broadway's #1 social networking site, BroadwaySpace.com, which has just launched the Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star, recently seen on the Today Show. His blog,TheProducersPerspective.com, has been featured in Vanity FairNew York MagazineThe Gothamist and more. He has written articles for Forbes, Mashable, Imedia and others.  For more information, visit www.DavenportTheatrical.com.

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