Choral societies from all over Yorkshire are being invited to audition for an appearance on the professional stage with a West End cast when the musical Godspell In Concert comes to Bradford next summer.

The producers of the show, led by musical director Russell Scott, are seeking out local talent for a national 12-week tour of the production, which will take in St George’s Hall on Saturday, June 20.

It is the first time fully formed choirs from all over the country have being given such an opportunity. The quest to find singers will culminate in six regional auditions.

Choirs at each venue will comprise 28 mixed singers – soprano, alto, tenor and bass – and will be joined by four professional singers.

Russell, a vocal coach as well as performer and choral director for more than 30 years, will tutor the choirs personally.

He said: “My vision was to take Godspell In Concert on the road and to cast choirs from around the country to take part.

Godspell was conceived as a community piece and what better idea than to bring communities together to sing in a professional UK touring production? It’s never been done before and I’m thrilled to be undertaking this huge challenge.”

Godspell, which has recently enjoyed a successful run on Broadway, was last seen in the West End in the 1970s where it made David Essex an overnight sensation. Its current revival began with a gala performance at London’s Lyric Theatre earlier this year.

The new production features all the old favourite songs – from Light of the World and All Good Gifts and Day by Day.

To apply for a place in Godspell, choirs should visit and apply online. The closing date for applications is Friday, January 9. Shortlisted choirs will be asked to audition at one of six regional centres.

Tickets for the show are already on sale from 01274 432000 or