Daniel May leads reincarnation of Cotton Patch Gospel

Jesus is hot! Just a few months after the Alliance Theatre recast Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar through the prism of contemporary gospel music, Theatrical Outfit’s Tom Key oversees the second coming of Cotton Patch Gospel.

Cotton Patch Gospel has been a local theater mainstay for decades. The bluegrass treatment of the New Testament premiered in 1981 with the book co-written by Key and Russell Treyz, and music and lyrics by Harry Chapin. For years, Key has played the show’s narrator, who not only recounts the story but acts out the vast majority of the parts. For the new version, co-produced by Theatrical Outfit and Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Key passes the lead to an actor of a younger generation, Daniel Thomas May. A busy Atlanta actor, May rarely performs in musicals but he meets the demands of Cotton Patch Gospel’s songs and shepherds the show to fresh heights at the Roswell playhouse.

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