An announcement about my next project.

Last Friday I announced the end of a five year run one of my shows.

So this Friday I thought it only fitting to announce my next show.

As written about in today’s Variety, I am prepping to mount the first ever Broadway revival of Godspell.

Why would I want to produce Godspell?

Why would I NOT want to produce Godspell?

G’Spell is one of the most beloved musicals on the planet, by one of the most “popular” musical theater composers on the planet, and is the type of unique theatrical experience that audiences crave, and then talk about.

Oh, and, my Mom tells me that it was during a production of the Stephen Schwartz/John-Michael Tebelak musical that I first “kicked.”  I mean, if that wasn’t a sign that I was meant for a career in the theater, I don’t know what was.

And the last reason I wanted to produce this show, and produce it now?

Well, with Altar Boyz closing (only 37 shows left !), I didn’t want to fall out of favor with the Big Guy upstairs.  I figured this could score me a few extra points.

Keep your eye on the blog for future Godspell updates.

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Watch the Blog on Monday for photos and more from yesterday’s social!

  • says:

    That’s great, it was such a shame when they cancelled it last year. I hope Josh Henry will still be in it!

  • Godspell is a terrific show with a great score! What other reasons do you need?

  • Michael says:

    When news, and even ads, of the first attempted revival came out, we actually decided to get our butts out of the burbs of Philly to go see a Broadway show– for the first time in a long time. Disappointment. We saw HAiR instead (and no, we’re not Gavin Creel groupies, although he’s awesome.) Looks like we’ll be back to Broadway again!

  • Nick says:

    Wishing you all the best with the revival!

  • Hoping to see this! Love the show. Great blog. Will you be doing auditions all over North America, including Canada? 😉

  • Eric says:

    awesome news… i wish it all the best 🙂

  • Kelly says:

    Magical things happen when you produce “Godspell.”. About ten years ago, we sold out a three week run for our community theater in my little hometown.
    But the REALLY cool thing? Back in 1974 (?), our local school board shut down our efforts to produce “Godspell” at our Junior High and I got a sympathetic call from Jon-Michael Tebelek AT MY HOUSE after school one day to make suggestions on how to continue fighting their decision (we couldn’t really proceed, but we made a lot of headlines).
    So…25 years later, I produced a sold-out production in the same town. Yeah, baby!
    Good luck…I have high hopes for you.

  • Mr. Davenport,
    Having never met you or commented on this blog before, first let me start by commending you for even having the blog in the first place. It’s an amazing resource for other young wannabe producers like myself. It’s enlightening and at the same time very informative.
    Now, everybody hates being told how to do their job. But opinions, to be blunt, are like assholes; everybody’s got one, and thinks everyone’s stinks but their own. This situation is no different.
    As a fan of Godspell over the years, it’s my feeling that many of the productions, including the Papermill one that this was supposed to be a transfer of, have begun to suffer from an overwhelming sameness. Most productions of the show have begun to sugar-coat the story, and a lot of the show’s main points are lost in the clowning around and topical references. Granted, all of this is part and parcel of what makes the show work, but people have been doing it badly for too long, and many productions have failed over the years as a result.
    So I advise you this – do something different, as much as you are able. Fire the entire Papermill team. Try for something different – something darker, with passion and drama, with a genuine spark and Christian sentiment. Something that is good.
    When I was around 7, I saw an all-black production of Godspell in Harlem that was very successful critically (if not all that successful financially because of location), and quite frankly it shat on every other production of the show I’ve ever seen. I’d suggest bringing in that team and trying to replicate it. And put some star power in there — people like, I dunno, Ben Vereen, Shirley Caesar, Melba Moore, Rain Pryor. Talk to the director/producer of that production, Richard Haase. He knew what he was doing, and it’s better than putting up nothing from nothing and looking like a modern Hair lite. To twist a BOC phrase, “Don’t glut the market.”
    Whether you like or hate my idea, keep in touch anyway: johnlenonomusic(at)gmail(dot)com. It takes serious chutzpah to write a comment like this.

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