GODSPELL- 2012 REVISED VERSION
July 15-18, 2021 (7:00 PM Showtime)
Outdoors at Wenonah Park
111 Center Ave., Bay City, Michigan
“A joyous musical touching all our lives”
Godspell is a joyous musical journey following the Gospel according to St. Mathew. Godspell uses loads of humor and good spirit to retell parables and stories that lead to a happier, more loving life. Godspell is filled with music that lifts the spirit, tells the stories, and points the way for all Americans to join as a generous and caring union with one another. Godspell is love, compassion, and joy to the world. Songs: “Day by Day” “Light of the World” “Turn Back, O Man” “Beautiful World” “Prepare Ye” “All for the Best” “We Beseech Thee”. Tickets on sale starting May 3rd by calling box office (M-Th. 10:00 AM-2:00 PM) at 989.893.5555 or by purchasing online. State Theatre box office is also selling tickets by phone 989.892.2660 or online. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students (plus applicable fees).
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
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Godspell is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com