West End veteran Marti Webb is to join the cast of a special concert version of Godspell.
She will reunite with David Essex and other original cast members for a one-off charity gala concert of the show at the Lyric Theatre on 19 May 2014, in aid of the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK.
Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz’s musical Godspell premiered at the Wyndham’s Theatre 42 years ago in 1974.
Marti Webb, who recently returned to the West End in a revival of Tell Me on a Sunday at the Duchess Theatre, and David Essex will reunite with other original cast members of the show including Gay Soper, Tom Saffery, Deryk Parkin and Jacquie Ann Carr. Jeremy Irons may also be attending subject to filming commitments, although Julie Covington will not be appearing.
The show will also feature West End favourite and Loose Women star Zoe Tyler and X Factor alumni Andy Abraham, plus a full West End cast, live band and a 32-strong choir led by members of Maida Vale Singers and American Musical Theatre Academy. Other cast include Stewart Clarke, Rob Houchen, Sarah Galbraith, Katie Paine, Turlough Convery, Jason Broderick and Laura Darton.
The show will be directed by Kenneth Avery-Clark with musical direction by Russell Scott.