Revival books fall opening
The venue has long been understood to be the preferred choice of the incoming offering from producer Ken Davenport. Space had been occupied for most of this season by play “Lombardi,” which shuttered May 22.
Bible-inspired rock tuner helped launched the career of composer Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Pippin”) when it bowed in Gotham in 1971 and eventually hit Broadway in 1976. Title, also adapted into a 1973 pic, has since become a well-known staple with regional, stock and amateur troupes.
The latest Rialto stint reps the end of long road for the Daniel Goldstein-helmed revival, which was initially targeted for a 2008 opening that fell apart due to financing troubles. Soon thereafter Davenport began shepherding the show, with Goldstein still attached.
Helmer first staged “Godspell” in a well-received 2006 production at the Paper Mill Playhouse. The new incarnation, to be choreographed by Christopher Gatelli, will be reconfigured for Circle in the Square’s 700-seat, in-the-round venue.
Designers David Korins (sets), Miranda Hoffman (costumes) and Ben Stanton (lights) also return to the production after collaborating on the Paper Mill incarnation.
Last fall Davenport announced “Godspell” would be the first Broadway tuner to raise its capitalization via Internet-based crowdfunding, with the producer convinced the title’s high profile would help attract grassroots interest. Since then, some 250 names have joined the list of the show’s investors.
“Godspell” begins previews Oct. 13 ahead of a Nov. 7 opening.