Hunter Parrish to play Jesus in 'Godspell'
NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Hunter Parrish, star of TV's "Weeds," is to play Jesus in the upcoming Broadway revival of the rock musical "Godspell," the show's producers said.
Producer Ken Davenport made the casting announcement Wednesday.
In addition to his TV work, Parrish was also a cast member of the recent Tony Award-winning musical "Spring Awakening."
"I am elated to be joining the 'Godspell' family, and honored to be a part of bringing this thrilling classic back to Broadway," Parrish said in a statement. "I knew after meeting with the creative team that I was going to be a part of something really exciting. I can't wait to get started."
Preview performances are to begin Oct. 13. Opening night is scheduled for Nov. 7.
The new production is being directed by Daniel Goldstein and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli.
It reunites Goldstein -- making his Broadway directorial debut -- and the designers of the 2006 Paper Mill Playhouse conception for a new version completely re-imagined for the Circle in the Square.
Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, the show has been seen in countless productions throughout the country since its original New York premiere in May 1971. The original New York production ran for more than 2,600 performances.
The musical includes the songs "Day by Day," "Turn Back, O Man," "Learn Your Lessons Well, "Prepare Ye the Way" and "Light of the World."
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Published: Aug 10, 2011 at 06:13pm