This production of Godspell is the first Broadway revival of one of the world’s most beloved musicals written by John-Michael Tebelak and composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, etc.) and featuring songs like “Day by Day,” “Turn Back, O Man,” and more. It played on Broadway from October 13, 2011 to June 24, 2012.
The original production of Godspell opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and regionally many times since. Several cast albums have been released over the years and one of its songs, “Day by Day” from the original cast album, reached #13 on the Billboard pop singles chart in the summer of 1972.
The structure of the musical is that of a series of parables, based on the Gospel of Matthew (though three of the parables featured are recorded only in the Gospel of Luke). These are then interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ treated briefly near the end of the performance. It started as a college project performed by students at Carnegie Mellon University and moved to La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in Greenwich Village. It was then re-scored for an off-Broadway production which became a long-running success. A junior one-act version with some songs removed has also been made under the title Godspell Junior.
For more info, visit godspell.com.
To listen to the New Broadway Cast Recording, click here.