Landor Lands Moby Dick, Union Revives GodspellDate: 31 March 2011
Moby Dick, the 1991 comedy musical by Robert Longden and Hereward Kaye, will be revived in a five-week season at the Landor Theatre running from 3 to 28 May 2011 (previews from 27 April).
The Union Theatre, which won a Whatsonstage.com Award for its all-male production of The Pirates of Penzance, is staging another major musical revival, Godspell, to celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary.
The production, which runs from 15 April to 7 May 2011 (previews from 13 April), reunites the creative team behind the venue’s recent revival of Sondheim’s Assassins, Michael Strassen (director) and Michael Bradley (musical director).
Godspell is based on the gospel according to St Matthew, opening with John the Baptist gathering up followers and concluding with Jesus' crucifixion in a junkyard.
Conceived by then-college student John-Michael Tebelak, the show has music and lyric by Stephen Schwartz, whose subsequent hits include Pippin and, most recently Wicked. The score includes "Day by Day", "All Good Gifts" and "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord".
Godspell first opened Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre in May 1971, before clocking up over 2,000 performances on Broadway. Later that year, it opened in the West End in a production that starred David Essex. The musical was adapted for the 1973 film, starring Victor Garber.
The cast of the Union production will feature: Madalena Alberto (Sonia), Jill Armour (Gilmer), Daryl Armstrong (Herb), Jeremy Batt (Jeffrey), Davis Brooks (Judas), Billy Cullum (Jesus), Natalie Green (Robin), Sophie Isaacs (Joanne), Caroline Hubbard (Peggy) and Iwan Lewis (Lamar).