Godspell - One Of The Greatest Musical Opera

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Godspell is a musical based upon The Gospel as according to St. Matthew. It was a hit when it first opened in the spring of 1971 at an off-Broadway theatre. Between 1971 and 1973, the musical did great business. During these years, the musical opened in Los Angeles, London, Paris, Washington D.C, Sydney, Hamburg, Berlin, Toronto, San Francisco, and Melbourne. In 1973, it was made into a movie. Since its debut, the show has made its way into many local theatres and school auditoriums.

The Plot

Godspell presents a very unusual view of Jesus. In the musical, Jesus is shown dressed like a clown with a red nose. He has a red heart painted on his forehead and is wearing a Superman shirt. The musical shows his followers reenacting scenes from Jesus’ life with great energy.

The musical opens with famous philosophers and professors like Socrates, discussing how life should work. They are very confused about the higher being and do not know how it is supposed to appear. They then get baptized and Jesus appears and from then onwards it is all downhill for them.

Godspell has some great musical numbers, some of which include Prepare Ye The Way of The Lord, Save The People, Day by Day, All For The Best, Turn Back O Man, Alas For You, We Beseech Thee, Beautiful City, and Light of The Wind. The song Day by Day even reached number 13 on the Billboard pop single charts in 1972.

The play moved to Broadway in 1976 and put on 527 performances before closing in the month of September 1977. In 2000, Stephen Schwartz’s son mounted a revival tour. In 2007, Paul Kerryson directed another revival in the UK.

The Writer

Godspell was written by John Michael Tebelak when he was 22. Tebelak wanted to portray Jesus as a happy man who was more concerned about spreading joy than brooding about how he was going to die. It is for that reason Jesus is shown dressed like a clown. Tebelak directed the musical as a project for his Master Thesis at Carnegie Mellon.

Stephen Scwartz- Music

Stephen Schwartz is credited with the lyrics and music of the first production. He has also written lyrics and composed music of The Magic Show, The Baker’s Wife, Children of Eden, and Pippin. He has also provided some great musical scores in films including Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Prince of Egypt.

The musical was originally produced on the New York Stage by Edgar Lansbury, Stuart Duncan and Joseph Beruh. The original cast included Lamar Alford, Herb Braha, Peggy Gordon, David Haskell, Joanne Jonas, Stephen Nathan, Robin Lamount, Sonia Manzano, Gilmer McCormick and Jeffery Mylett.

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