The Sunday Giveaway: 2 Tickets to Seance on a Wet Afternoon at NYCO

The greatest artists are the ones that are never satisfied even when they are at the top.

The greatest artists are constantly looking for new challenges within their field, and pushing themselves into new worlds, even when they don’t have to.

Stephen Schwartz has an Academy Award.  He has a Grammy.  And he is not only the composer of some of the world’s most popular musicals (like Godspell), but he has also written what could be the world’s most successful musical (Wicked).

Now, because . . . well, why not . . . he has written an opera.

And we’ve got two free tickets to the OPENING NIGHT!

Fancy, right?  I’m going to the opening myself, and I can tell you that I didn’t get free tix!

The winner of this week’s giveaway will win two tickets to the opening night performance (Tue. 4/19) of Seance on a Wet Afternoon, the new opera by Stephen Schwartz, at New York City Opera.

How do you win the tickets?

Simple . . . write a comment below listing your favorite Stephen Schwartz show or movie.  Check out his bio in you need a few hints.

I’ll pick one of the commenters as the winner of the tix.

Good luck!

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  • Shane says:

    While I love so many of his shows, I have long had a soft spot for Meadowlark from The Baker’s Wife so I’m going to have to go with that.

  • Reg says:

    Wicked continues to redefine WINNING!

  • Tom says:

    Pippin was the very first musical I saw on Broadway and it started a relationship I love and treasure. You never forget your first!

  • Justin says:

    definitely Wicked!

  • Jake says:

    Has to be Pippin. “Magic to Do” is probably the coolest opening number of all time. The sense of pure wonder and magic onstage is unbeatable.

  • Nancy says:

    Pippin. The first show I saw multiple times. Used lyrics from “Corner of the Sky” as my high school yearbook quote. Then, many years later, used Wicked’s “For Good” as song for 30th reunion video montage. Love Godspell, Baker’s Wife, etc but Pippin started my lifelong admiration for Mr Schwartz.

  • sprugman says:

    wow! what a bio! I’m tempted to say Baker’s Wife, but ive never actually seen a full production, so I’ll go with Pippin

  • Jason says:

    My initial thought is CHILDREN OF EDEN… there’s something about the story and the juxtaposition of worlds that makes for great story-telling. Also, the song “The Hardest Part of Love” is just so hauntingly beautiful. But, the coming-of-age story and the anthem-to-live-by “No Time at All” give PIPPIN the upper hand and therefore, take the cake as my favorite Schwartz piece. (Also a soft spot for his children’s musical CAPTAIN LOUIE)

  • I’m a biiiiig fan of The Baker’s wife and Reluctant Pilgrim Album. Reluctant Pilgrim is just so beautiful to listen to.

  • Doug Braverman says:

    I like all of his work, but I’ll vote for THE BAKER’S WIFE, because he manages to rhyme correctly pronounced French words with correctly pronounced English words, which is more difficult than it sounds. For example, the French word for “muffin” is “brioche.” Most Americans pronounce it BREE-OCHE with the -OCHE sounding like the first syllable of “ocean” so that it would rhyme “gauche.” But in French “brioche” is prounced BREE-USH, with the second syllable rhyming with the word “rush.” In THE BAKER’S WIFE, Schwartz rhymes “brioche” with “lush,” which he then turns into “luscious.” I’ve always admired his tremendous attention to detail in his lyric writing (another example, in WICKED: he realizes some people pronounce “Popular” as if it ends with “-ler,” others say “-lar,” so he solves the problem by using both). But his bilingual rhymes in THE BAKER’S WIFE are especially impressive, so that show gets my vote.

  • Oh – this is an easy one for me! My favorite Stephen Schwartz show has always been and probably will always be GODSPELL. My momma raised me on the original cast LP of Godspell (alongside other amazing albums like Hair, Woodstock, The Beatles & Willie Nelson). So GODSPELL is the music that was in my home as a child. GODSPELL was also one of my first paid gigs as a performer. I’ve done the show twice now, and would do it over and over if given the opportunity. It’s one of those rare show that I could just live in! The score is so beautiful and the story always relevant! No two productions are ever alike. Plus, in a way, I did LIVE Godspell when I was 20 I lived and studied in a tribe-like community with my spiritual mentor (who I’ve not heard from or seen since 2001). So Godspell is positively my favorite Stephen Schwartz show!!

  • Sarah P. says:

    As much as I love Godspell (and Baker’s Wife!) I’m afraid I gotta go with Wicked, as much of a cliche as it may be…it’s a classic that continues to sell out nightly for a reason! (And I may be biased cuz I used to work there, selling merch. 🙂 )

  • Jonathon says:

    When I was little, there were two video tapes I would watch over and over again: the 1982 Sweeney Todd and the 1981 Pippin. Pippin especially got to me at that age; the music was amazing, there was magic, and it starred that guy who was in Zoobilee Zoo!
    Pippin was back on my mind in junior high when I got to play Lewis in a community theater production and my piano teacher had given me the vocal selection book to play for lessons. Being the brash, know-it-all early-teen that I was, I really gravitated toward Pippin’s high-reaching ambition and the show’s surreal ending. I got to show off for my friends by throwing around phrases like “the ubermench and his existential crisis” while trying to figure out where my own corner of the sky was.
    So where was my corner of the sky? Musical theater, obviously! I was a musical theater major with music-directing inclinations. Every week I’d play “Corner of the Sky”, “Extraordinary”, and “Magic to Do” several times in other people’s voice lessons and auditions. And what was my relationship to the musical then? I saw the show through the prism of my collegiate education. Pippin was structured like the Passion Plays I was studying in my Medieval Drama class. It was diegetic like the works I was taking part in for my Performance Studies class. It was experimental like the 1970’s Concept Musicals I was learning about in my History of Lyric Theatre class. It was choreographed by Fosse, whose routines I was learning in my Broadway Dance class. Pippin was everywhere.
    So what is Pippin to me now? My favorite Schwartz musical and one of my favorite musicals period. Sure, I like other Schwartz works (especially Godspell), but none has that perfect combination of brilliant music, amazing dance, and an awesomely crazy concept that is entertaining, intelligent, and full of heart. If I had a VHS player nowadays I’d probably still be watching that tape of Pippin. Well, and Sweeney Todd too.

  • Catherine says:

    Pippin! I saw a production for the first time at a big theatre company with amazing costumes, set, and actors. About a month later, I saw it again on a small stage performed by the children of a local church. I loved the small church production more! It is the only show that I have ever seen that affected me more when done as a smaller, more cheaply created production. The costumes and set don’t matter so much in Pippin, it’s just a story that anyone can relate to about finding yourself.

  • Jake says:

    My choice is certainly Children of Eden. CoE is the only show I’ve ever been paid to perform in and is also the longest run of a show I’ve ever done. Having never made it to Broadway, it’s a bit of a hidden treasure, but the cast album features one of my favorite musical theater tracks of all time, “Lost in the Wilderness” (by a young Hunter Foster). CoE introduced me to the magic of finding smaller shows along with the bliss of hearing the Foster siblings sing.

  • Alex Jorth says:

    Haven’t heard EVERYTHING of his, but I really love a lot of it. While a few of my favorite individual songs come from Children of Eden (title song, Lost in the Wilderness), my favorite work of his, as a whole, has to be the powerful, moving score for Baker’s Wife.

  • Tony says:

    Children of Eden! Of course, Pippin is pretty terrific too.

  • Alex Jensen says:

    Big fan of ‘The Backer’s Wife’ it always been a show I felt that in the right hands could be brilliant! The score has some fantastic moments beyond just ‘Meadowlark’ including ‘Chanson’ ‘Bread’ ‘Gifts of Love’ ‘If I Have to Live Alone’ and ‘Where is the Warmth’ I would love to see Encores tackle something like this!

  • Michael says:

    GODSPELL is about bringing people together and that’s what need now. If the Republicans and Democrats don’t get together soon, I’m afraid the country is going to fall apart. Do you suppose we could arrange for a performance in Congress?

  • Amanda says:

    Though I’ve seen Pippin (community theater) and Godspell (Paper Mill) and loved them both, one show has really changed my life, and that’s Wicked. As cliche as it may sound, Wicked made me a theater fan for life. Before I’d been interested and all, but after seeing the show July 2004 with the original cast – with my high school best friend just after graduation and just before going off to college – it’s been a central part of what I do and who I am. What a great set of roles to showcase some of my favorite performers – Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Eden Espinosa, Megan Hilty, Julie Reiber, Katie Rose Clarke and Mandy Gonzalez!

  • says:

    Children of Eden. Where’s the revival of that, by the way? It’s a big show, but find a creative director and make it happen.

  • Mozz says:

    I’m gonna chose a film, and I’m gonna chose The Prince of Egypt. I think that film has a great opener with the song Deliver us, and the score uses themes from the songs and vice versa. When you Believe, is truly a beatiful song that serves the story. And I’m sorry, but it’s one of the few animated films that made me cry like a baby.

  • Matthew says:

    Wicked by far. Not because it’s his best work, but it’s a producer’s goldmine! Why didn’t I think of that?! I wonder who will piece together the next family friendly book musical that 12 year old girls like just as much as a 60 year old man…Wicked will run forever because it reaches so many different audiences.

  • Wicked. I picked it because I think it introduced a whole new kind of mega musical that is very hip versus say the epic wig musicals of the 80’s and early 90’s.

  • Scott says:

    Godspell was the first Off-Broadway show I saw. It left a huge impression on me and although I’ve seen most of Mr. Schwartz’s work, I have to say Godspell.

  • Auntief says:

    I realize that Wicked seems to be the stock answer, but my reason for saying Wicked is my favorite is because of my Wicked experience. I went to see Wicked with a family of 6 (4 children, 2 adults) who had never been to a Broadway show. I had seen Wicked previously, so I spent a good deal of that particular performance watching their reactions. That alone was priceless!

  • Dann says:

    Hands down – a one night show that happened last April on Staten Island called, “Making Music.” It was a pastiche of songs from literally everything Stephen’s done, strung together biographically and chronologically, and, it was the kickoff event for the Harbor Lights Theatre on Staten Island. Not only was it a treasure chest of talents, chock full of young NYC theatre students, but Stephen felt the establishment of a theatre company devoted to the Staten Island theatre community important enough that he made sure he came to the show, and he introduced himself to every student, and thanked them for being a part of the night. The kids floated out on a cloud. Sounds like a simple thing – but likely changed a ton of lives with that simple gesture.

  • Monica says:

    “The Hunchback of Notredame”
    Unfortunately, I have not had the good fortune to see Wicked or that would have likely been my pick.

  • Randy says:

    I saw a production of “The Baker’s Wife” at Papermill Playhouse about six years ago that changed my mind completely about THAT show! I knew the music going in from the original cast album, knew it had been a big ol’ flopperoo, and had never seen a production previously. Perhaps because I had such “lowered expectations” I was an easy mark, but the utter charm & beauty of both the production & the performances blew me away. I’ve enjoyed most of his shows (and, weirdly enough, WICKED is not one if those!), but the memories from Paper Mill elevate “The Bakers Wife” to the top of the list for me!

  • says:

    Godspell! Also a big fan of Working.

  • Sara says:

    As a child growing up in the 90s, I loved POCAHONTAS. However, my favorite Schwartz musical is Children of Eden. As a producer I typically chose plays. However I’m 22 so there haven’t been many. That said, when I’m picking favorites in general, I like plays/musicals that are accessible. I’m from the Midwest and the community theaters in my home town can’t do most musicals because of limited talent pools [designers and/or actors] or finances. However, Children of Eden gives space for creative design and experimentation, while still being possible for theaters with shortcomings.

  • Amy says:

    I find it very difficult to pick only 1 favourite Stephen Schwartz show. All of his work is so wonderful and I have so many fond memories with many of them, for eg. the time when my friend and I won the 2nd row lottery tickets to see Kristin Chenoweth and Eden Espinosa in Wicked at the Gerswhin Theatre, or when I got to wear numerous tie-die outfits when I did Godspell at my high school, (and of course sing some amazing songs!)…or the first time I heard a man sing, “With You” from Pippin. ( I mean wouldn’t we all love someone to sing that song to us??)
    So, you want just one, eh?! Well, I guess that I would have to say my favourite is Pocohontas. Why? I have great memories of my first year in University where I competed in a televised talent show. (this was before American Idol days) I loved the song, “Colours of the Wind” from Pocohontas. It was a beautiful show and a beautiful song and I knew that was the song for me to sing in the competition. I found a pattern for a costume, bought the material and hired a woman at my church to make it for me…But I needed to make the necklace. I didn’t know what to do…and well, Dad came to the rescue. He said, “Don’t you worry, I’ll get you that necklace!” and that he did, he went and found a blue ribbon, stood up on our dining room chair and took a piece from our chandelier and attached that to the ribbon….and there was my Pocohontas necklace! I made it to the finals in the competition, despite the fact that after I sang I had to go to the hospital for a cortisone shot in my but because I was having an allergic reaction to something , but all and all, it didn’t stop my love for just one of many of Stephen Schwartz’s great creations! So excited he has a new piece for all of us to enjoy and an opera too! Magnificent!

  • Joe Klein says:

    It is a tie between Godspell and Pippin. Wicked is wonderful but I have to go with those two.

  • Razghiem says:

    As soon as I read your question, there was only one show that shined in my head despite Stephen Schwartz many other creations. And that show us…Pippin!
    Pippin is starkly magical and one of the first musicals I ever did. (I was Leading Player Understudy/Ensemble Member and it was so awesome.) I have to admit I didn’t like Pippin when I first listened to it in preparation for my audition but once I lived with it for sveral months I couldn’t keep it out of my head. Not only was it fun and challenging to sing (I had the most trouble with Mornign Glow) but acting and dancing it was was so fun. (I mean the orgy scene? Enough said!)
    Without the amazing experience I had while doing Pippin I don’t think I would be going to college for theatre. I’m a senior in high school and I got into Carnegie Mellon Univeristy which is Stepohen Schwartz’ alma mater. How cool is that!

  • David C Neal says:

    Despite my affinity (past, present and future!) for GODSPELL, I’m going to go with Working. I was in a City Theatre production back in Pittsburgh in the early-1980s before the City Theatre grew to be the wonderful incubator it now is. We were directed by Marc Masterson who went on to do amazing things at ATL. I was the paperboy and to this day sing all of the music in the shower when our shower cd/radio is out of battery juice. It also turns out to be a favorite of my wife’s – and just another of the many things that clicked for us back when we were first dating.

  • When I saw The Magic Show, Doug Henning said “All the world’s an illusion,” and it amazes me how much of that illusion Stephen Schwartz has been responsible for.
    I’ve viewed musical theater Day by Day, enjoying all of the Magic To Do on Broadway. And, All the Livelong Day, Schwartz has turned prose into verse for the better, for good.
    Personally, Defying Gravity has become a life theme for me, especially these days. So, like Geppetto’s Pinocchio, I wait for Stephen’s next pull on the strings of the musical stage, this time at the opera.

  • David says:

    Big fan of his work on “The Prince of Egypt.” “When You Believe” is a beautiful song, and it works so well in the film.
    And Godspell is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me.

  • matthew says:

    Children of Eden – worked on an early production – love the show, so many moving songs – and a lot of fun.

  • Shaunna B. says:

    Without a doubt, Pippin. It’s just the best…especially with Fosse’s choreography!

  • Eva Heinemann says:

    Love Pippin more than anything. Who needs Tiffany to chase away the mean reds when you’ve got Corner of the Sky and Time to Start Living.First time I saw Pippin was when I was 17. I came to NY with my family to go on a theater spree.
    And still going on a spree to see Pippin as a Special Event with Dr. Ruth or at Goodspeed with Mickey Dolenz.
    On my deathbed I’ll be listening to Pippin and smiling and doing a softshoe with a snap of the finger.

  • Jake says:

    definitely children of eden!

  • Jay Z says:

    I love all of Stephen’s work, but I’m going to bend the rules here a bit and say my favorite “work” of his is his moderation of the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshops which I attended for about 8 years. He has a unique ability to hone in on what’s wrong with a musical in an instant and then inspire writers with constructive criticism. I think that before WICKED, he not only was a driving force in developing the next generation of musical theatre writers, but that the workshops may have inspired him as to create even better and more ambitious work!
    If I have to pick a favorite show, I’m going with SEANCE even before I’ve seen it because by writing an opera, Stephen inspires me to keep pushing beyond my perceived boundaries. Also, this is the only show you’ve offered tickets to that will be accessible to the deaf and hard-of-hearing because they are doing it with english supertitles!
    Pick me!!! (he cries with desperation in the key of Bflat minor in honor of the chorus of Defying Gravity…)

  • Dan says:

    In my opinion, Children of Eden is by far his best work, in terms of both the scope of the story and the reach of the music- I love that he writes musical theatre for choral singing. And the parallel story lines, with the double casting, is surprisingly effective every time I see it. I first saw it done as a concert version, with Norm Lewis, Laura Benanti, Julia Murney, but the best was Kate Shindle singing Yonah.
    Also, a shout out to a production some colleagues did some years ago, called “From This Day Forward,” in which Schwartz songs were completely dissected and re-assembled to make an entirely new story. As little as a line from a song might have been used, followed by a line from another of his songs, etc. I know they had Schwartz’s blessing to do it, and it was an interesting way to recontextualize familiar music to tell a new story, rather than just using complete songs, jukebox style.

  • Theo says:

    He’s done so much it’s hard to choose. However, I’m going to go with Wicked – truly enchanting!

  • Brittany says:

    Pocahantas! I wanted to be as awesome as her with a pet raccoon as a small child.

  • Laura says:

    Pippin is my favorite musical by Mr. Schwartz, and was the first musical I even performed in.
    My favorite film of his is Pocohontas, I saw it when it premiered outdoors in Central Park.
    I can’t wait to check out his New York City Opera!

  • Roger says:

    For me, it’s PIPPIN. Brilliantly staged by Bob Fosse, Schwartz’s show had great style and great songs, telling a story in a new style for Broadway.

  • Ryan McCurdy says:

    It’s true.

  • Bryan Austermann says:

    Wicked!! Easily my favorite musical. I’ve seen it 15 times in 6 cities and 2 countries! I love everything he’s done though!

  • Andrew says:

    “Pippin” is my favorite Schwartz musical because it holds so many powerful memories regarding landmark events in my life. I had not long before seeing it moved to a new job in a new town and I had not really made any friends, when a colleague at work suggested that I might like to join her and two friends at “Pippin” on Broadway. As a result of that theater trip, I ended up with two new life-long friends, one who continues to join me on theater trips into the City and the other who enabled me to journey to Australia where she now lives and where I got to see “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” in one of its early incarnations. The “Pippin” experience also enabled me to encounter Betty Buckley on stage for the first time, and the friend who still joins me at the theater and I have subsequently seen Ms. Buckley on many, many occasions in a variety of different venues. And just think of the Fosse dancers I encountered for the first time in that production many of whom I subsequently see in other shows over the years. I’ve seen a number of Mr. Schwartz’s shows multiple times and searched out stagings of ones I missed, such as The Baker’s Wife at Goodspeed at Chester. Somewhat later I got to know the landscaper and pool installer for his home!

  • David Arthur says:

    THE BAKER’S WIFE for sure. Lush, romantic, and lyrically diverse and appropriate for the characters.

  • Kimberly says:

    I’ve got to go with Pippin – so beautiful and profound in its raw simplicity and ragged edges.
    But Mass has a special place in my heart — I stage managed a fully staged production at Northwestern University in fall 2009. We performed Mr. Schwartz’s new lyrics and were lucky enough to have him in attendance. The category-defying piece is under-known and underappreciated, for sure.

  • Melissa says:

    tough choice, but my love for “Lost in the Wilderness” is going to determine Children of Eden as my favorite. I think it’s Schwartz’s strongest score, and one that reinvents the most common biblical stories with stunning music. I only wish it were as well-known as Wicked; the story and music really have the power to challenge anyone’s religious beliefs and thoughts of humanity.

  • Davhilnyc says:

    I have a deep fondness for GODSPELL — I was in it in high school and directed it in college.

  • Jeff says:

    Hands down: WICKED. no matter who you are, where you are from or what you’ve accomplished – WICKED has traveled into the depths of so many hearts and so many young people can relate to DEFYING GRAVITY and it gives them hope to accomplish their dreams – it did to me…

  • Nick Minas says:

    It’s gotta be GODSPELL. Every time I have worked on the show it has been a completely different experience and almost always looks and feels like a totally different show. To create something that allows those who revive it so much freedom to use their own personalities to make a unique theatrical experience is truly a brilliant feat. Everyone that I know that has done the show always comments on what an amazing, life-changing and truly unique experience it was.

  • Frankie Moran says:

    Seeing lots of love for “Pippin” and “Godspell,” and obviously “Wicked,” all three of which I’ve been fortunate enough to see productions of. I’m going to put my two cents in for “The Baker’s Wife,” though, simply based on the cast recording. I’ve read that the book is a problem, and perhaps it doesn’t work as a full production, but can Encores please produce a concert already…?

  • I would say that my favorite
    Stephen Schwartz score would have to be GODSPELL . I recall that when it came out it
    was lively, fun ,catchy and yet appealed to a younger audience , bringing a bunch of people who might not have considered theatre as a place they might go.
    Stephen Schwartz has continued to appeal to audiences(if not to critics ) his whole career , and I look forward to hearing what he does for the story that was so beauitifully done in the Bryan Forbes’ film of 1964 .
    Be happy and well.

  • Alex says:

    It’s such a toss up for me between Wicked and Godspell. I think Wicked has the better score, but Godspell will always hold a special place in my heart because of the meaning around the score, and awesome memories of doing it in college.

  • Marilyn O'Connell says:

    Favorite one is “Pippin”, followed closely by his work in “Working”. His experiences developing musical theatre as opposed to opera are most interesting. Saw the 1st act rough performance of “Seance”. Can’t wait to see the rest of it! And opening nite – how great would that be!

  • Samantha says:

    I would have to say that my favorite musical is “Children of Eden”. The music is so stirring it stays with you long after the show is over, especially Yonah’s solo line in the prayer during “A Piece of EIght”. He is one of the few composers that truly touches my heart. His melodies soar and he knows how to add specific instruments to evoke a feeling. It’s Genius! I also have to take note of the two animated features that continue to inspire me as well. Both “Hunchback” and “Prince of Egypt” are so well crafted that the music transports you and you feel like you are really there. The crescendo in the music to a full chorus during the “When You Believe” section of Prince of Egypt followed by the drop down to the two female vocals brings tears to my eyes every time. It is so good to see him continuing to expand and work in different realms- it gives me more beautiful music to listen to!

  • Megrojahn says:

    While I adore Wicked- it was the first show I ever saw on Broadway and the second show I watched my father cry at (Les Miz was first), it is not my favorite Schwartz work. Hunchback of Notre Dome. “God Help the Outcasts” brings me nearly to tears every time. I cannot wait for the stage version to Hit the US. But I love all of his work.

  • Tangeresa says:

    I have to vote for WICKED because the show has had such a profound personal effect on me, musically and otherwise. I saw Schwartz et. al. at the NYC Opera roundtable on Sunday and can’t WAIT to see SEANCE…!

  • Misti says:

    Children of Eden is a gorgeous production that needs a Broadway run! Its more simple than a lot of his other work and that’s why I’d like to see it happen.

  • Porsche says:

    Pippin! Corner of the Sky was the first song we learned in grade school with actual sheet music.

  • Sophie says:

    Seance on a Wet Afternoon.

  • Ed Ertle says:

    The seldom-revived “The Baker’s Wife” for its warming story and effective score. Why doesn’t “Encores” tackle this one someday?

  • Joshua Quinn says:

    I love Hunchback, but Wicked is my favorite. I like the person’s reply that used to want to have a pet raccoon like Pocahontas! Lol

  • Evan says:

    Godspell because I have such wonderful cast memories when we performed it in highschool.

  • Robin says:

    The Baker’s Wife. Although the show didn’t do well as a whole, “Meadowlark” is an amazing song that enchants and speaks to any audience. It contains many profound statements, and I once wrote a paper for a postmodern drama entirely on that number!

  • David says:

    Godspell, of course.

  • Eileen says:

    RAGS because then you kind of know what happens when Tevye’s family gets to America….

  • jan:) says:

    Stephen Swartz is an inspiration….
    Pippin’ will always hold a soft spot in my heart.. Relating to songs like “Corner of the Sky” in my younger days to “Just No Time At All” these days. Those songs will never grow old in my heart. There are so many more to mention….
    Can’t wait to see “Seance On A Wet Afternoon’…

  • ALi says:

    Children of Eden! SUCH a beautiful take on the oldest stories in existence. I love a great adaptation and this certainly was one!

  • Lauren says:

    I grew up loving musicals and yet GODSPELL was the first time I was actually moved by a piece of music. Maybe it was because I was 14 at the time and had a crush on the kid that played Jesus, but regardless suddenly I wanted to go to church on Sunday because the “good book” was making sense. By the way, that same kid played Pippin the next year, coincidence – I think not.

  • Stacey says:

    I have a soft spot for Pippin–being that it was the first Broadway musical I ever saw. The images and songs, well, they just stuck with me.

  • Alexis says:

    It’s hard to pick just one! As much as I am a big Wicked fan, I have to go with Godspell. I worked on multiple productions of it and have a lot of great memories from it.

  • Andrew says:

    My favorite is THE PRINCE OF EGYPT. One of the greatest scores for an animated film (and it WASN’T for a Disney flick!). “There Can Be Miracles” went on to crossover into the pop charts and is still sung on American Idol.
    Fun Fact: Val Kilmer does the voice of Moses in the film, and also went on to play Moses in another musical but this time on stage: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.

  • Max says:

    I’ve always really liked Pippin!

  • Kristyn says:

    Godspell 🙂

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  • rick says:

    i have a soft spot for GODSPELL because it was the first show i was in after college, but PIPPIN and WICKED are the better shows. a tough call between the two, but i have to go with PIPPIN.

  • Joe Laub says:

    I am directing Godspell, Jr. right now and tonight’s our closing night. I would vote Godspell, however, I like all of Stephen Schwartz’s show and I wish him “Break A Leg” with his new opera.

  • Ujang says:

    I have to agree with Chris. I am a New Yorker who as a result of andtneitg a lot of theatre, have found myself on countless mailing lists. I get direct mail pieces every day and barely look at them before they end up in the recycling. The only thing that catches my eye is if there is a large discount price pasted on the front, but even that is no new information I couldn’t get from The piece of advertising that has gotten me most excited about the show, frankly, is this blog. Now that I have subscribed, I get a nice check-in every morning and I can’t wait for previews to begin. I don’t know if I was too excited for a GODSPELL revival beforehand so this is allowing me much more contact with the production than a piece of mail would have. I also agree that the music (specifically Michael Holland’s new orchestrations) will be a great hook for this production. Everyone I’ve talked to is curious about how it will sound. I really hope that direct mail pieces will eventually fade away. My mailbox is so bombarded with junkmail that I wish I had a way to tell mailers to save the ink and paper. Perhaps there’s a way to partner with the Broadway Green Alliance in creating non-waste marketing? That might be a more interesting angle.Best of luck with the show we’ll all be rooting you on in 71 days!

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