Broadway gets the second coming of “Godspell” next year, with a Rialto revival of the 1971 tuner aiming to open in summer 2008.
Production is a beefed-up version of a staging helmed by Daniel Goldstein (“Indoor/Outdoor”) at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse in 2006. Musical — a staple on regional, stock and amateur circuits — has not been seen on Broadway since its original 1976 stint (prior to which the show ran for five years at the Promenade Theater Off Broadway).
Adam Epstein (“Cry-Baby,” “Ever After”), who is the sole producer of “Godspell,” said he hopes to keep capitalization of the 10-actor show between $4 million and $5 million.
Casting for the show has not been finalized. Ensemble of the Jersey incarnation included Robin de Jesus (now otherwise engaged in the upcoming Broadway transfer of “In the Heights”), Anika Larsen (“All Shook Up”) and Telly Leung (“Flower Drum Song”).
Production reunites Goldstein with his Paper Mill creative team of set designer David Korins (“Bridge and Tunnel”), costumer Miranda Hoffman (“Well”) and lighting designer Ben Stanton (“Altar Boyz”).
New addition Christopher Gatelli (“Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me”) choreographs.
A folk-rock retelling of biblical parables from the Gospel of St. Matthew, “Godspell” is, along with “Wicked” and “Pippin,” among the best-known works of composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz. The late John-Michael Tebelak wrote the book.
“Godspell” will open in a Shubert theater (ideally 800-1,000 seats, according to Epstein) to be determined.