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Godspell

Stephen Schwartz, John-Michael Tebelak

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  5f, 5m

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. 

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  • 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
Description
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

Considerations

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
Cautions
  • Mild Adult Themes
  • No Special Cautions

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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Casting

5f, 5m
Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Room for Extras
Casting Notes

Flexible and expandable casting

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock, Folk
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
Piano (Plays from the Piano/Vocal Score)
Guitar
Bass
Drums

Materials

Scripts

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Full Package:
15 Libretto/Vocal Book
1 Piano/Vocal Score
1 Guitar
1 Bass
1 Drums
2 Additional Song - "Beautiful City"

Piano Only:
15 Libretto/Vocal Book
1 Piano/Vocal Score
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 to work as a producer for RCA Records, b ...

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John-Michael Tebelak

John-Michael Tebelak

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