Cornwell’s Dinner Theatre, on the property of Turkeyville, USA is kicking off their post-pandemic summer with an ambitious new production of the musical Godspell, by composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Schwartz is the creative mind behind many well-known Broadway musicals including Pippin and the international megahit, Wicked. Godspell, a musical that tells the parables and stories of the gospel according to St. Matthew, launched his career on the Great White Way in 1971. The show even had a hit song, when “Day By Day” reached #13 on the Billboard Charts during the summer of 1972.
The producer and director of the Cornwell’s production, Dexter Brigham, has crafted an unusual concept for the show, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Off-Broadway debut this year. “Our production takes place in a tent city under an overpass. A rag-tag group of young people who are desperate for community and connection dig through the trash to find musical instruments and toys and other tools that help them to come together and tell the story of the gospel. Our incredibly talented cast will not only sing and dance, they will also play guitar, ukulele, piano, bass, flute, and lots of different percussion instruments!”
The ten-person cast of professional actors and musicians is drawn from across the country. The cast includes Dario Alvarez from Texas as Jesus, Dane Brandon from Illinois as John the Baptist/Judas, and also features Ptah Garvin from Florida, Austin James Roach from Alaska, Victoria Sasso from New York City, Izzy Maxwell from Minnesota, Camille Brooks from Texas, Sophia Rizzo from Michigan, and Mark Russ from New York.
Cornwell’s Dinner Theatre recently reopened its doors after being closed for more than a year during the pandemic. “It’s been a tough year, but we decided to make good use of the empty theatre to make some much-needed upgrades to our lighting system,” says owner Patti Cornwell. “We have begun the process of transitioning from traditional lighting to high-efficiency LED’s. Godspell will be our first show to fully utilize our new toys.”
Godspell runs July 7 – August 14, 2021 at Cornwell’s Dinner Theatre on the property of Turkeyville, USA. Tickets are $50 each and include a generous four-course meal and the performance. A complete listing of performance dates can be found at turkeyville.com. Tickets can be purchased online, or by calling 269-781-4293.
The Cast of Godspell