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EGADS! Theatre Company puts local spin on ‘Godspell’

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Godspell (2102) March 1, with previews beginning Feb. 28, at the Just Off Center Theater in Kansas City’s Crown Center, with and EGADS Theater producing the premier of the Broadway show that tells the story and teaching of Jesus as written in the Gospel of Matthew.

“A mega-hit on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and around the world, Godspell has been radiantly revisited and revived in 2012,” a spokesman for EGADS! said. “A high-energy romp, this all-ages-appropriate musical is loosely based on the Gospel According to Matthew and features a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz that boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, "Day By Day."

Director Stephen Eubank said Godspell is chocked full of some witty songs and others that are emotionally stirring, This cast for Godspell overflows with KC's youthful rising stars will keep the audience laughing, crying and cheering along with them throughout this fast-paced show.

The story of Godspell reflects the teachings of Jesus as told in the New Testament in The Gospel according to Matthew. Godspell uses the parables of Jesus and plays them out in live action and song. The show uses various theatrical traditions such as clowning, pantomime, and vaudeville. Godspell features a ground-breaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of love, kindness, tolerance, and community, Eubank said.

The Kansas City cast features Matthew King (Jesus) and Samn Wright (John the Baptist/Judas). The cast also includes: Chelsea Anglemyer, Josh Atkins, Christopher Carlson, Kenna Hall, Ryan Hruza, Kelsea McLean, Sarah Morrissey, and Stefanie Stephens.

Steven Eubank leads the creative team as director along with Associate Director Tyler Parsons. He is joined by Kevin Bogan and Julie Danielson as musical directors and Tiffany Powell as choreographer assisted by Amy Hurrelbrink. Jeff Eubank designs sound, Alex Perry designs lights and set. Aaron Chvatal designs the costumes.

Previews begin February 28; opening night is Saturday, March 1 and the show closes Sunday, March 23.

Godspell revived on Broadway in 2012 to glowing reviews and now comes to Crown Center through EGADS! Theatre Company. Theatre Company was voted "Best Local Theater Company" in 2011 and 2012 by the Pitch readers. The New Your Times said of the 2012 revival “Breezy, sing-a-long pop score.”

For tickets and information, patrons can call the box office at (816) 545-6000 or visit Group rates available. Off Center Theatre is located in Crown Center – 2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64109.