X Factor star brings Godspell to Sunderland Empire

MUSICAL SHOW ... X Factor's Andy Abraham is coming to the Sunderland Empire in Godspell In Concert.
MUSICAL SHOW ... X Factor's Andy Abraham is coming to the Sunderland Empire in Godspell In Concert.

A ROCK musical with a 
religious vibe is on its way to the region.

Godspell In Concert is coming to the Sunderland Empire on Sunday, May 3.

The legendary rock musical by Stephen Schwartz is a series of parables, based mostly on the Gospel of Matthew.

Andy Abraham, runner-up of the X Factor in 2005, stars in the show as John the Baptist and Judas.

He said: “It’s going brilliant and the cast is really raring to go.

“The difference between this show and the original musical is that this is a little bit more intense.

“It’s a rock musical and the fact that we’ve got so many incredible voices brings it up to a whole new level.

“It’s a modern-day traditional story of following and believing and being part of a group and I kind of come in to break that group apart.

“It is a religious story but a modern-day take on it. It’s about Jesus gaining followers, but you don’t have to be religious to enjoy it.

“We’re getting a very eclectic crowd coming along to see it and people from all walks of life who are leaving feeling overwhelmed by the music and the staging – it’s fantastic.”

MUSICAL SHOW ... X Factor's Andy Abraham is coming to the Sunderland Empire in Godspell In Concert.

MUSICAL SHOW ... X Factor's Andy Abraham is coming to the Sunderland Empire in Godspell In Concert.

Andy added: “We’re all really looking forward to coming to Sunderland, it’s going to be great.

“The 10 years since I was on the X Factor have absolutely flown over and the fact that I’m still in the business is brilliant – I suppose I must be doing something right.

“I’ve had a lot of incredible opportunities, and musicals were something I never even thought I’d be able to do.

“I grew up watching great musical films like West Side Story and the Wizard of Oz and I never imagined I’d be a part of something like that, but I love it.

We’re all really looking forward to coming to Sunderland, it’s going to be great.

Andy Abraham

“There’s still a lot I’d like to try and I’d love to do more acting.”

The show will also feature Newcastle-based choir Voice of the Town, who won the chance to appear in the show.

Tickets for Godspell In Concert cost from £23.90. To book, go to www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland or call the box office on 0844 871 3022.

MUSICAL SHOW ... X Factor's Andy Abraham is coming to the Sunderland Empire in Godspell In Concert.

MUSICAL SHOW ... X Factor's Andy Abraham is coming to the Sunderland Empire in Godspell In Concert.