“Godspell,” at the Daytona Playhouse, Starring Kelly Rivera
“Godspell” is staged at the Daytona Playhouse, 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach, Sept. 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 12, 19, 26 at 2:00 p.m. Call the box office at (386) 255-2431. Book tickets here.
The musical, which first opened off-Broadway in 1971, is composed by Stephen Schwartz, written by John-Michael Tebelak, with Michael Sheehan as Jesus, Kelly Rivera as Lindsay, Nando Rivera as John/Judas, and Andrea Oliveras as Uzo, directed by Noel Bethea. Musical director: Melissa Cargile.
John the Baptist convinces young men and women into becoming Jesus’ disciples — in a musical retelling of the Gospel of Matthew set in modern-day New York City. Using song and dance, the apostles traverse the city, spreading Christ’s message of love and tolerance. “But the creed being promulgated so poignantly here, in a mood that might be described as highly creative caution,” Ben Brantley wrote of a “Godspell” revival in Pittsfield, Mass., last summer, “wasn’t so much Christianity as the embattled religion of theater, the practice of which has all but disappeared in the age of the Covid-19 pandemic.