High School Musical star Corbin Bleu has been cast as the new Jesus in the current revival of Godspell.
I personally look forward to this. I think he’s got an uphill battle in winning over theatre fans having come from High School Musical which many
pretentious conservative musical theatre fans consider a nearly mortal sin but he’s proven himself onstage before. I myself had my reservations when he was cast in the lead role of Usnavi in In the Heights, despite being an HSM fan myself, but he really impressed me and I think he’ll be great as Jesus. He has a real humble and friendly charm onstage that I think will be perfrect for this show.
He may also have another prejudice against him as he takes on this role as many people aren’t comfortable seeing a person of color portray Jesus. If anything we can at least hope that these people will have enough of a sense of shame to not voice this particular complaint, though I wouldn’t be surprised if anonymous commentors on various theatre sites make an issue of his race (some posts on broadwaysecrets when the news broke were not particularly reassuring)
But let’s not worry about that, let’s just look forward to what Corbin can bring to this production! It looks like a very good one and I hope to get to see it while he’s starring. My friend and I tried the ticket lotto back when we were in NYC a couple months ago but didn’t win so hopefully we’ll get to see it this summer.