The Gospel at Colonus Is Coming To Los Angeles!

By   |   August 16, 2023   |   Entertainment

Our L.A. pal Penny Jewkes recaps at night for the upcoming stage show, The Gospel at Colonus!

It was a special evening at the Getty Villa Museum in Malibu, Calif. I attended a reception to welcome the cast and crew of the Cort Theatre from Chicago, who are bringing their production of The Gospel at Colonus to my town, Los Angeles.


The museum sits on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is built to resemble an ancient Italian villa. This spectacular setting is where outdoor performances of the show, described as an adaptation of the Greek tragedy Oedipus at Colonus with a rousing gospel music score, will take place. The show was originally produced at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in 1983 and guess who was in that cast—Morgan Freeman!

Reception attendees included press, museum staff, Cort Theatre staff and the entire cast, who are justifiably excited to bring their show to L.A. You may know the director, Mark J.P. Hood, from Season nine of The Voice.

Leading the cast is Shari Addison, a gospel singer from Chicago whose daughter, Jessica Seals, is also in the show. We were treated to a video from the Chicago production, and let me say the music and singing are incredible and inspiring.

Do not miss this uplifting production when it opens in September! Previews begin August 31, 2023. Tickets for previews are half-price ($25) and are available at

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