'Weeds' Star Hunter Parrish to Play Jesus in Broadway's 'Godspell' Revival

7:23 PM PST 08/10/2011 by THR staff
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The musical is described as a hip retelling of the book of Matthew from the New Testament.

Hunter Parrish, who plays Mary-Louise Parker's son Silas on Showtime's Weeds, is set to portray Jesus in the upcoming Broadway revival of Godspell.

Producer Ken Davenport made the announcement Wednesday that Parrish would star in the musical, which begins previews Oct. 13 at Circle in the Square Theater, Playbill.com reported. Opening night is set for Nov. 7.

"I am ... honored to be a part of bringing this thrilling classic back to Broadway," Parrish said. "I knew after meeting with the creative team that I was going to be a part of something really exciting."

Godspell, described as a hip retelling of the book of Matthew from the New Testament, originally became a hit after its New York premiere in 1971.

The revival features music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by John-Michael Tebelak.

Davenport produces alongside Edgar Lansbury and the People of Godspell. Daniel Goldstein is the director and Tony nominee Christopher Gattelli the choreographer.

The rest of the cast will be announced soon.

Parrish made his Broadway debut in Spring Awakening.

Weeds is in its seventh season.

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