Hunter Parrish has landed the role of Jesus in the upcoming revival of Stephen Schwartz's Godspell. Performances for the Daniel Goldstein-directed production begin October 13 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, with opening night set for November 7. Further casting will be announced soon.
Parrish is best known for playing Silas Botwin on TV's Weeds. He made his Broadway debut in 2008 as a replacement Melchior in Spring Awakening. The role earned Parrish a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Replacement. His film and TV credits include It's Complicated, 17 Again, RV, Sleepover, Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit, Campus Ladies, CSI and Freedom Writers.
Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), Godspell will feature choreography by Christopher Gattelli.
The revival will mark the first Broadway production of the musical since its original run transferred from off-Broadway to Broadway over 30 years ago, closing at the Ambassador Theatre on September 4, 1977 after 527 performances. A 1973 feature film version starred Victor Garber as Jesus, who headlined the legendary Toronto production alongside Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Gilda Radner, Dave Thomas and Martin Short. The show's signature song "Day By Day" reached #13 on the Billboard Top 100 list.
Godspell will feature scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Miranda Hoffman, lighting design by David Weiner, sound design by Andrew Keister, orchestrations by Michael Holland and musical direction by Charlie Alterman.
The Broadway revival is produced by Ken Davenport, Edgar Lansbury and The People of Godspell.