Hayes Theater Co has announced a new production of the hit musical GODSPELL, playing Hayes from October 14, 2022 before moving to The Art House Wyong on November 10. Chosen as part of Hayes’ artist-led production initiative, GODSPELL will feature Billie Palin (HMS Pinafore, Dubbo Championship Wrestling) as Jesus, in a cast of 13 spectacular singers, actors, musicians and improvisers. .
One of the most progressive and innovative musicals in history, GODSPELL tells the story of a fractured, hostile and disconnected community that finds hope, common ground and understanding by embracing a message of radical love. A modern fable that weaves together direct address, vaudevillian comedy, musicality, improvisation and great pop and rock songs like “Day By Day”, “All For The Best”, “Light of the World” and ” Beautiful City, GODSPELL is a unique, joyful and uplifting theatrical experience.
“GODSPELL is about community, and it’s something we crave more than ever,” Carroll said. “We will create a community that is inclusive and celebrates individuality, vulnerability and connection. I hope GODSPELL audiences will feel embraced and uplifted by this work in a way that only live theater can achieve. “
The first major work of musical theater from three-time Grammy and Oscar winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), GODSPELL remains as unconventional and iconoclastic as when it premiered off Broadway 50 years ago. . This dynamic new production from director Richard Carroll (Calamity Jane, Spamalot) and musical director Victoria Falconer (Lizzie, Once) brings together a spectacularly talented ensemble of singers, actors, musicians and improvisers to create radical rock , inclusive and human. and-Roll Cabaret Gospel for our times.
The cast of this exciting new production includes Stefanie Caccamo (Lizzie, Once), Jeremi Campese (Hamlet), Gillian Cosgriff (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Mae Li Cowell (Chicago), Alfie Gledhill (Cry Baby), Abe Mitchell (Macbeth, Monty Python’s Spamalot), Gus Noakes (Once), Chaya Ocampo (Ate Lovia), Billie Palin, Quinton Rich (The Deb) and Jane Watt (Spamalot).
Falconer is musical director and cast member. One of the most versatile members of Australia’s theater community, she is an award-winning musical director, composer, cabaret artist, director and multi-instrumentalist. “I believe Victoria Falconer is the most exciting, innovative and collaborative musical director working in Australia today, and I’m so excited to hear these solid gold songs channeled through her ingenious creative vision,” said Carroll.
“GODSPELL has been one of my favorite musicals for decades,” Carroll continued. “When I was in high school, it was the show that opened my eyes to the possibilities of ‘doing theater’, rather than just directing it. Each new GODSPELL production has its own identity, its own , message and vibrancy, and I can’t wait to recreate them with this incredibly exciting group of artists.”