The Godspell Update: We built a beautiful city.
Producing shows can be one of the most rewarding professions on the planet. Watching audience members smile and laugh and cry as they take in a show that you helped put together is just awesome.
But as rewarding as it is, it can also be difficult, especially when so much of what we do is out of our control (and come on, all you Type A Control Freaks out there, you know what I’m talking about).
One of the hardest things any Producer has to do is look into the eyes of your cast and crew and partners and tell them that the show we’ve all worked so hard to put together will be ending its run earlier than any of us had hoped.
And that’s what I had to do last night at Circle in the Square.
After nine joy-filled months of singing about love, Godspell will end its run on June 24th.
As you know from last week’s blog, we had hoped for a sizable bump in sales from our Tony appearance on Sunday night. And while we were thrilled with the reaction from our number (click here to see it), and sales did take a tick up, it wasn’t enough (especially facing the two extremely difficult July 4th weeks coming up – other shows, look out, there’s a storm a comin’).
Of course, we’re all disappointed. And maybe even a little angry at times. We wouldn’t be human if we weren’t. But, we put joy in the hearts of over One Hundred and Fifty Three Thousand people (and counting) since we started performances on October 13th. And, as I said in the press release that went out last night, while this production of Godspell may not be at Circle in the Square past the 24th of June, it will be in our hearts and the hearts of everyone who saw it forever. And that’s something we’re all proud of.
If you haven’t seen it, you must. Especially if you’re one of those folks that thought the show wasn’t for you, or that you’ve seen other productions of Godspell before. Trust me, you’ve never seen it like this, or with a cast like this (they are stars-to-be and you’ll want to have seen them in their first big break). And most likely, you’ll never get this chance again.
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