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Godspell In The Garden
returns for one extra show in March

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Godspell In The GardenBack by popular demand after the first two shows sold-out – Tickets on sale for third show now

Hot off the heels of a packed season at the Sydney Opera House and two sell-out shows in Victoria’s Royal Botanic Gardens, international musical theatre favourite Godspell is back in Melbourne for one last event in March. Presented by Room 8 and Australian Shakespeare Company, Godspell in the Garden sold out its February shows in record time, and the upcoming show on March 13 promises to be no different.

Although the production’s premise remains faithful to the 1971 off Broadway original, this version of Godspell has been reimagined and incorporates a plethora of contemporary additions: street dance, urban acrobatics and modern musical composition. Featuring a stellar cast including Mark Dickinson (White Christmas/High School Musical UK/Les Miserables/CATS), Christopher Southall (When Midnight Strikes/Spring Awakening/Cabaret) and Louisa Fitzhardinge (Tune Your Own Adventure/As You Like It), the funked-up musical takes its audience on a heartfelt and exhilarating ride of peace, love and joy. Jam-packed with classic hits such as Day By Day, By My Side, Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord, Save The People and All For The Best, the event promises to be unforgettable.

Originally conceived by John-Michael Tebelak – renowned American playwright and director and musically composed by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin/Wicked), Godspell hit off-Broadway in 1971 and was immediately beloved by theatre aficionados. It wasn’t long before it came to Australian shores – opening in Melbourne in 1971 – boasting over five hundred sold-out performances from 1971-2. Based on the story behind the Gospel of St Matthew, Godspell dramatizes the final days of Jesus Christ, featuring rock and roll music set to lyrics from traditional hymns. Structured around a series of parables, the successful opera is a vibrant celebration of love, joy and humanity.

The enchanting Royal Botanic Gardens could not be a more perfect host to Godspell in the Garden, enabling director Glenn Elston to fulfil his adoration of open air theatre. Theatre director and producer at the Australian Shakespeare Company, Elston received a Melbourne Award in 2014 in recognition of his long career presenting outdoor theatre in the city and is perfectly placed to bring this reimagined version of Godspell to fruition.
The reinvented production is produced locally by Room 8 (The Man in Black – The Johnny Cash Story/At Last – The Etta James Story/Let’s Get It On – The Life and Music of Marvin Gaye), which was founded by Moira Bennett and Simon Myers. Since 2010 Room 8 has developed into one of Australia’s most promising music and theatre production companies and have received a swag of rave reviews about their ongoing productions.

Godspell as a piece of theatre brings its own unique challenges — a lot of the text comes directly from the Bible,” says Simon Myers from Room 8. “This production manages to present the text and the songs in a fresh light. Godspell is the ideal family show — there is something in the show for everyone.”

Don’t miss out on seeing this modern embellishment of a truly legendary and timeless production. This additional show will sell-out, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Sunday 13th March 2016
Godspell in the Garden
Royal Botanic Gardens, MELBOURNE VIC | 136 100

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