Lyric Arts brings glory of ‘Godspell’ to Main Street Stage

Prepare ye for “Godspell,” the greatest story ever told as you’ve never seen it before.

A timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love, Lyric Arts presents “Godspell” on its Main Street Stage.

A timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love, Lyric Arts presents “Godspell” on its Main Street Stage.Image courtesy of Lyric Arts

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

This beloved classic with new music from Stephen Schwartz – the award-winning composer of “Wicked” and “Pippin” – is a timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and love that has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world.

Fresh from a 2011 Broadway revival, this contemporary retelling of “Godspell” brings one of the most enduring shows of all time to life.

“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.”

Neu is one of two resident directors at Lyric Arts. Bringing experience from plays such as 2011’s “Almost Maine” and last season’s hit comedy “Becky’s New Car,” Neu believes “Godspell” will 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.

“Godspell” opens Feb. 14 and runs through March 16. For times and tickets, call the box office at 763-422-1838 or visit LyricArts.org.

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