David Essex and Marti Webb return with Godspell

David Essex

Marti Webb, who recently returned to the West End in triumph in her seminal musical, Tell Me on a Sunday, is reuniting with David Essex and other original members of the rock musical Godspell at the Lyric Theatre on May 19.

Godspell, the heart-lifting feel-good Broadway musical from Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), is being staged in the West End for the first time since it premièred 42 years ago, in a one-off charity gala concert performance, in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK.

The star-packed event will be introduced on stage by David Essex, whose casting as Jesus in the original production turned him into an overnight sensation.

Now his 1974 co-stars, Marti Webb, Gay Soper, Tom Saffery, Deryk Parkin and Jacquie Ann Carr are confirmed to join him on stage at the end of the evening.

It’s hoped that Jeremy Irons – who played John the Baptist – can join them, subject to filming commitments.

Producer and Musical Director Russell Scott said: “We are delighted that so many of the original stars of Godspell can join us at the Lyric.

“Their presence will make the evening extra special for fans of the musical and provide an emotional finale to the evening.”

A timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love, featuring song favourites such as Day By Day, Light of the World and Turn Back, O Man, Godspell has touched the hearts of theatregoers all over the world.

For the first time in the UK, fans will hear the stunning new orchestrations from the recent acclaimed Broadway revival production.

Godspell will star Zoe Tyler (Loose Women, Les Mis) and Andy Abraham, with a West End cast, a live band and a 32-strong choir led by members of Maida Vale Singers and American Musical Theatre Academy.

Since coming second on The X Factor in 2005, Andy Abraham has sold out the Royal Albert Hall and released four albums, selling in excess of half a million records.

The rest of the cast: Stewart Clarke (currently starring as Sam Wheat in the UK tour of Ghost), Rob Houchen (the current West End Marius in Les Misérables), Sarah Galbraith (Phantom of The Opera), Katie Paine (We Will Rock You), Turlough Convery from E4’s Fresh Meat, Jason Broderick (Sweeney Todd at West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Laura Darton (finalist in the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year 2013).

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