“Project Runway: All Stars” collided with Broadway yesterday when contestants were challenged to design an outfit that will be included in a production of “Godspell” on Broadway. The episode, which was officially titled “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” also featured Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as a guest judge.
Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the lyrics and the music for the production, appeared on the show to issue the challenge. Eventually, designer Mondo won the episode with a jacket that included many feathers worn over a multi-patterned dress. Designer Kara was sent home at the end of the episode.
The current production of “Godspell” is the first Broadway revival of the musical that first appeared on Broadway in 1976. The revival began performances on October 13 of last year, and officially opened on November 7. Reviews for the revival have been generally positive, with praise given to the musical by the Wall Street Journal and New York Magazine. The book of the play was written by John-Michael Tebelak, and it originally opened Off-Broadway in 1971.
Including all venues, the original production ran for more than 2,600 performances in New York, and later went around the U.S. as a touring production. In 1973, a film adaptation was released. The current production includes new lyrics by Schwartz, and is directed by Daniel Goldstein. It plays at the Circle in the Square Theatre.
Foster won her first Tony Award in 2002 for her portrayal of Millie in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” She also won a Drama Desk Award for that role. She won her second Tony last year for her role in the 2011 revival of “Anything Goes.” Both Tony Awards were for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Foster also has appeared on television in “Law & Order: SVU” and “Flight of the Conchords,” among others.