Bay City Players is thrilled to announce Godspell, July 15-18, 2021. Due to COVID-19, we have adapted our season in a reimagined way and we will be offering our summer show outdoors at Wenonah Park in downtown Bay City.
Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden). An international hit, the score features “Day by Day,” “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “All for the Best,” “Turn Back, O Man,” “By My Side”, and several more joyous numbers.
A group of people help Jesus tell his parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and a variety of entertaining devices. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life unfolds on stage.
Kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.
Our Godspell will have a modern take and not include the hippies/clowns of previous productions. Through costumes, performers will represent members of our society. The underlying precept being our current society is in need to love “the Lord, your God, with all your heart and all your soul” and to “love thy neighbor as thyself”.
Tickets go on sale this Spring. More information coming soon.
Sponsored by Jolt Credit Union.
Partially Funded by Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Direction- LEEDS BIRD
Leeds is a graduate of Michigan State University with an M.A. in theatre. He has spent more than thirty years teaching, directing and performing in educational theatre, dinner theatre, community theatre and summer stock. His collaborations with nationally-known pianist Kevin Cole resulted in the revue RSVP JEROME KERN performed with the Michigan Ensemble Theatre and staged readings of A SHINE ON YOUR SHOES at the Ravinia Music Festival.
A particularly enjoyable experience for Leeds was performing as Mark Twain. During a ten-year period, Leeds presented over 500 solo performances as Twain in New England and the Middle West. Leeds is an honorary president of Bay City Players and also serves on the board of Studio 23/The Arts Center and is active with a la Carte, a local arts collaboration. Leeds is currently the Honorary President of Bay City Player’s Board of Directors.
Music Direction- KEVIN COLE
Kevin Cole is an award-winning musical director, arranger, composer, vocalist and archivist who garnered the praises of Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, Hugh Martin, Burton Lane, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Sondheim and members of the Jerome Kern and Gershwin families. He has shared the concert stage with Liza Minnelli, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, William Warfield, Sylvia McNair, Lorin Maazel, Itzhak Perlman, Brian d’Arcy James, Barbara Cook, Robert Klein, Lucie Arnaz, Maria Friedman, Idina Menzel and friend and mentor Marvin Hamlisch. Kevin has given Master Classes in musical theatre vocal performance at Interlochen Center for the Arts and North Carolina School of the Arts. He has served as Musical Director for Pasadena Playhouse, Michigan Ensemble Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Royal George Theatre (Chicago) and New York Musical Theatre Festival. Kevin is also an internationally known concert pianist whose engagements include sold-out performances at Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall, Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival, Wolf Trap, Chautauqua Institute and legendary Carnegie Hall. Kevin has been active at Bay City Players as Music Director, Assistant Director and Actor-Singer. He has been instrumental in the progress of renovations to the theatre through many benefit concerts. One of his original musicals, A SHINE ON YOUR SHOES, made its premiere at Bay City Players in 2007.
JOHN, THE BAPTIST