Updated: Jan 4
Ridgefield, Conn. (January 3, 2020) – ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is excited to announce the second show of its 2019-2020 season – a modernized, reimagined interpretation of Stephen Schwartz’s GODSPELL. Directed by ACT of CT’s Founder and Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, GODSPELL marks the second production of ACT of CT’s “Presenting Stephen Schwartz Series!” This re-conceived version of Schwartz’s revolutionary show follows ACT of CT’s critically acclaimed interpretation of Schwartz’s WORKING, which has had an exciting life after it premiered at ACT of CT.
Levine, whose Broadway and Broadway National Tours credits include MAMMA MIA!, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Tony Nomination For Best Revival), CHICAGO, LES MISERABLES, and TOMMY, first gained inspiration for his concept of GODSPELL in April, 2019 after seeing news images of Paris’ famed Notre Dame Cathedral burning. “I thought to myself, what if I set the ACT of CT production in an abandoned church? What if this church was in midtown Manhattan and was slated to be demolished tomorrow to make room for condominiums? What if nobody had stepped foot in this condemned holy place for a decade, save for a group of homeless who had been squatting there for six months?” remarked Levine, who immediately shared his vision with Schwartz for a newly imagined GODSPELL. Schwartz gave Levine his permission to alter the show, including removing one of its songs entirely, something that is rarely done.
This production will be music directed by Danny White (THE LION KING, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF) and choreographed by Sara Brians (CITY OF ANGELS, GODSPELL, MATILDA). Other creative team members include scenic design by Reid Thompson (WIVES, FUN HOME, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE); costume design by Brenda Phelps (ACT’s WORKING); lighting design by Jack Mehler (MAMMA MIA!, EVITA, and WORKING); and sound design by John Salutz (WORKING, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS).
GODSPELL will feature Broadway talent Florrie Bagel (THE ROSE TATTOO), Katie Ladner
(SUNSET BOULEVARD), Andrew Poston (KINKY BOOTS), Jamie Cepero (NBC's
SMASH), Trent Saunders (EVITA), Emma Tattenbaum-Fine (Netflix's EXPLAINED), Phil Sloves (SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS), Jacob Hoffman (GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE), Monica Ramirez (EVITA), Alex Lugo (RENT), Shaylen Harger (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR) and Cameron Nies. With songs like “Day By Day”, “By My Side”, and “All Good Gifts”, ACT of CT’s production of GODSPELL promises to be a unique and inspiring theatrical experience.
In addition to GODSPELL, Stephen Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics to the mega-hit Broadway musical WICKED. He also wrote, among other works, PIPPIN, THE BAKER’S WIFE, and lyrics to the films POCAHONTAS, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, and ENCHANTED. He has won Academy, Grammy, special Tony, and Golden Globe Awards.
Performances of GODSPELL run February 6th – March 8th. The show times are: Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Purchase tickets HERE. For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theatre-related news and announcements, visit www.actofct.org
About ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut
ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded and led by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known Broadway musicals and plays, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers. ACT of CT was honored with eleven 2018 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards during its inaugural season, which was followed by fourteen 2019 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards nominations. The theatre company produces four shows per season, including one show in the “Presenting Stephen Schwartz!” Series (honoring ACT Artistic Advisor, Stephen Schwartz). All shows feature both Broadway stars and local Fairfield and Westchester County talent. In addition to fully produced main stage productions, ACT of CT hosts a New Works Series, The Broadway Unplugged Series, youth education classes, masterclasses, camps, workshops, and a conservatory program for high school students. ACT of CT is located at 36 Old Quarry Road, in the beautiful village of Ridgefield, CT. Visit actofct.org for further information.