Godspell

Lyric Arts Brings The Glory Of “Godspell”  To The Main Street Stage

Lyric Arts is pleased to present John Michael Tebelak’s classic tale of friendship and sacrifice, Godspell, to audiences at the Main Street Stage from February 14th through March 16th, 2014. Prepare ye for Godspell, the greatest story ever told as you’ve never seen it before! This beloved classic with new music from Stephen Schwartz—the award-winning composer of Wicked and Pippin—is atimeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and love that has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world. Fresh from a2011 Broadway revival, this updated, contemporary retelling brings one of the most enduring shows of all time to life to a whole new audience.

Lyric Arts is pleased to present John Michael Tebelak’s classic tale of friendship and sacrifice, Godspell, to audiences at the Main Street Stage from February 14th through March 16th, 2014.

Prepare ye for Godspell, the greatest story ever told as you’ve never seen it before! This beloved classic with new music from Stephen Schwartz—the award-winning composer of Wicked and Pippin—is atimeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and love that has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world. Fresh from a2011 Broadway revival, this updated, contemporary retelling brings one of the most enduring shows of all time to life to a whole new audience.

“It’s a very serious show, and it has a very serious message, but the journey there is hilarious,” says Director Robert Neu. “Some of the things we’re thinking of integrating into the show include vaudeville, puppetry, dancing, gymnastics, juggling, tumbling, magic tricks, audience participation, and more!”

Robert Neu is one of two Resident Directors here at Lyric Arts. Bringing experience from plays such as 2011’s Almost Maine and last season’s hit comedy Becky’s New Car, he believes that we will be able to make Godspell shine on the Main Street Stage. “For most of my life, when I thought of Godspell, all I thought was ‘Oh, god, the seventies,’” said Neu. “But when I saw the revival on Broadway, I realized I was suffering from a lack of imagination. During intermission, I went back and bought another ticket, because I was falling madly in love with it.”

Lyric Arts is also excited to welcome new talent to the stage. For some of the actors, this is their debut performance on the Main Street Stage, so keep an eye out for some rising stars.

Theater enthusiasts are also welcome to join Lyric Arts’ “Page & Stage” event on February 23rd, 2014, sponsored by the Anoka County Library. Registered guests are provided a free Godspell script, and are invited to participate in a facilitated discussion before the show. Guests are also invited to stay for an exciting question and answer session with the cast and crew immediately after the performance. All talk-back events take place after the show and are open to the public. To reserve your place for the “Page & Stage” event contact Cassandra Proball at 763-233-0804 or cassandra@lyricarts.org.

Godspell opens Friday, February 14th and runs through Sunday, March 16th, 2014. Purchase tickets for the production by calling the box office at 763-422-1838 or by visiting the Lyric Arts website at www.lyricarts.org.

About Lyric Arts Main Street Stage

Located in the heart of historic downtown Anoka, Lyric Arts Main Street Stage offers a full season of live theater and intimate live music events as part of their “Music in the ‘Burbs” Concert Series. Founded in 1995 and relocated to Anoka’s Main Street in 2001, Lyric Arts’ mission is to build community, inspire audiences, and nurture artists using the transformative power of the performing arts. The 501(c)(3) non-profit theater accomplishes this mission through year-round performances, theater workshops, and education outreach programs.

For more information, please contact Laura Tahja Johnson at 763-233-0801 or by e-mail at laura@lyricarts.org.