Actors’ Playhouse opens 25th season with musical Godspell

The cast is pictured in a scene from the musical Godspell.

Actors’ Playhouse has raised the curtain on its celebratory 2012-13 25th Anniversary Season with the hit Broadway musical Godspell.

Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, Godspell remains one of the most popular rock musicals of all time. Messages of love, generosity, and joy are presented in song, dance, and all forms of theatrical play in this exuberant, rocking, rolling, and riveting production playing through Nov. 4 at the Miracle Theatre.

Godspell originally ran for more than 2,600 performances in New York and spawned successful touring productions in major U.S. cities, a 1973 motion picture adaptation and countless international engagements for the past 40 years. One of the most enduring shows of all time, Godspell has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world and just finished its first-ever Broadway revival in June.

Conceived and originally directed by John- Michael Tebelak, with music and new lyrics by Academy and Grammy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), Godspell’s Tonynominated score features instantly recognizable hits including Day by Day, Turn Back, O Man, Learn Your Lessons Well, Prepare Ye the Way, Light of the World and many more. “Actors’ Playhouse will bring a fresh and contemporary feel to the production in both its design approach and by allowing the actors to bring their own personalities to the characters,” said artistic director David Arisco. “We have assembled a stellar cast who bring this upbeat and powerful musical to life for a new generation of theatergoers.”

The cast of Godspell includes Josh Canfield, Clay Cartland, Henry Gainza, Jeni Hacker, Shea Hess, Nick Duckart, Heather Kopp, Kareema Khouri, Cindy Pearce and Don Seward. Directed by David Arisco, with musical staging and choreography by Barbara Flatten and musical direction by David Nagy, the creative team for Godspell also includes set design by Gene Seyffer, costume design by Ellis Tillman, lighting design by Patrick Tennent and sound design by Alexander Herrin.

Evening performances will on Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 2 p.m. A special weekday matinee is scheduled on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $42, and on Friday and Saturday evenings, $50. The theater offers a 10 percent senior discount rate the day of performance and $15 student rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain with identification. Discounts are based on availability and exclude Saturday and Sunday. Group discounted rates are offered for 15 or more through the group sales department. Single tickets may be purchased through the box office at 305-444-9293 or online at

This event is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, with support of the City of Coral Gables, and by the following sponsors: Comcast, NBC Miami and MegaTV. Actors’ Playhouse is the nonprofit resident theater company and managing agent of the historic Miracle Theatre on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables.

Actors’ Playhouse, which has brought home 75 regional Carbonell Awards for artistic excellence, is a Florida Presenting Cultural Organization and one of 22 major cultural institutions in Miami-Dade County.

In addition to its Mainstage season, Actors’ Playhouse offers a year-round season of Musical Theatre for Young Audiences, a National Children’s Theatre Festival, a Theatre Conservatory and Summer Camp Program, as well as educational arts outreach programs for underserved youth, and has initiated a Young Talent Big Dreams contest for children in partnership with The Children’s Trust.

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