‘Godspell’ Broadway-bound

Rialto revival eyes 2010-11 season

Producer Ken Davenport aims to get “Godspell” on Broadway during the 2010-11 season, a couple of years after another planned staging of the musical fell apart.

Revival will be helmed by Daniel Goldstein, who was attached to the previous incarnation after he directed a 2006 production of the 1971 Stephen Schwartz musical at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.

Davenport (“Altar Boyz”) said he envisions the 13-thesp tuner in one of the Main Stem’s smaller musical houses, with a modest capitalization pricetag to be determined.

No casting for the new production has yet been nailed down. Prior version was set to star Gavin Creel (“Hair”) and Diana DeGarmo, among others.

The scuttled revival had been skedded to bow on Broadway in fall 2008, but rehearsals were canceled soon before their start date when producer Adam Epstein proved unable to secure the required funding. Epstein is not involved in the new iteration.

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A loosely structured, ’70s-era take on biblical parables and the passion of Christ, “Godspell,” conceived by original director John-Michael Tebelak, is one of the best-known works by composer Schwartz (“Wicked”), with “Day by Day” its most familiar tune. Schwartz is said to be a fan of Goldstein’s well-received Paper Mill production of the show, which accounts for the director’s continued attachment to the project.

Davenport said he had just begun the fund-raising process for the new revival.

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