Godspell

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Godspell

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  5f, 5m

Stephen Schwartz, John-Michael Tebelak

Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak / Music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

This immensely successful rock opera needs little introduction, but when it was first produced on Broadway in 1971 it broke new ground in its stage treatment of the historical Jesus Christ. Based on the Gospel according to St Matthew it deals with the last days of Jesus, and includes dramatized versions of several well-known parables. 

Photography by Jeremy Daniel

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 5m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Faith-based
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
Accolades
Accolades
  • Tony Award (nomination): Best Original Score 1977
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Summary
This immensely successful rock opera needs little introduction, but when it was first produced on Broadway in 1971 it broke new ground in its stage treatment of the historical Jesus Christ. Based on the Gospel according to St Matthew it deals with the last days of Jesus, and includes dramatized versions of several well-known parables. And yet it is something more - a religious experience, a demonstration of joy, and a celebration of the family of man. The cast are conceived as clowns, improvising scenery and costumes, and using many well-known theatrical devices, pantomime, vaudeville and varied musical styles to interpret one of humanity's greatest events.
History

Carnegie Mellon University 1970

Original LaMama and Off-Broadway 1971

Playbox Theatre, Melbourne 1971

Rouondhouse Theatre, London 1971

Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Room for Extras
Performing Groups
  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups
  • Youth/Camp Programs
  • Tours
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes
    • No Special Cautions

Media

Photos

  • Godspell

    Credit: Jeremy Daniel

  • Godspell

    Credit: Jeremy Daniel

Music

Piano (Plays from the Piano/Vocal Score)
Guitar
Bass
Drums
  • Musical StylePop/Rock, Folk
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizeSmall/Combo

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15 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Vocal
1 Guitar
1 Bass
1 Drums
2 Additional Song - 'Beautiful City'
15 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Vocal
2 Additional Song - 'Beautiful City'

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Authors

Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz was born in New York City on March 6, 1948. He studied piano and composition at the Juilliard School of Music while in high school and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1968 with a B.F.A. in Drama. Upon coming back to live in New York City, he went ...

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John-Michael Tebelak

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