Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden ; and it took the world by storm. A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life. Boasting a score with chart-topping songs, a book by a visionary playwright John-Michael Tebelak and a feature film, Godspell is a sensation that continues to touch audiences.
|Published (Last):||21 July 2013|
|PDF File Size:||5.48 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||17.69 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
What: "Godspell - Music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Directed and choreographed by Trey Compton. When: Through Sunday. Matthew, ever since its premiere Off-Broadway in To begin with there is Schwartz' infectious — by turns rhythmic and haunting — score, a skillful rock-infused amalgam of eclectic musical styles and genres.
Its central conceit — the retelling of the parables by a group of ingenuous young people who are drawn together by the arrival of a very contemporary Jesus — carries universals. The show's intimacy and creativity was snuffed by a film version. But for "Godspell's" Broadway debut in , Schwartz did some rearrangements of his score, updated the spoken and musical material to include more topical references, and added two songs, one of which, "We Can Build a Beautiful City," was written for the film.
It's that version that's being presented — with decidedly mixed results — at The Theater Barn. With the right delicacy of tone and authenticity, "Godspell" is a charming piece in which we engage with the disciples, individually and as a group, as they move along their journey under the guidance and tutelage of their newfound master, played here by Zack Zaromatidis — a bearded, acoustic and electric guitar-playing, rocker in buckskin, fringe, jeans and T-shirt — with a kind of smug, patronizing, self-centeredness.
As Judas, Andrew Pace too often plunges into an excess of anguish. And whether it's because of this version's arrangements or decisions made by director Trey Compton and his music director, Alan Schlichting, some curious choices have been made with regard to tempi and tone of some of the show's more lightness-of-being moments.
Among the more notable choices is the typically rock-'em-sock-'em sassy second act opener, "Turn Back, O Man," performed here by Megan Koumis at a softer, slower, ballad-leaning tempo.
And that's emblematic of a production that, while it moves along steadily and dutifully, misses many of its opportunities. There are exceptions — a beautifully rendered "All Good Gifts;" for example; for another, the treatment of "We Can Build a Beautiful City: and a truly lovely, moving finale that gathers passages from several of the songs into a beautifully shaped sequence that signals that the discord of show's opening has resolved itself, in the end, with harmony and affirmation.
If you'd like to leave a comment or a tip or a question about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.
Powered by Creative Circle Media Solutions. Shop Local. Commercial printing. Special sections. Manage subscription. Toggle navigation Main menu. Log in. Much of the magic is gone in Theater Barn's "Godspell - ". Posted Monday, August 14, pm. Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook. By Jeffrey Borak, jborak berkshireeagle.
Cast Recording Of GODSPELL Revival Gets 12/20 Release
What: "Godspell - Music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Directed and choreographed by Trey Compton. When: Through Sunday. Matthew, ever since its premiere Off-Broadway in To begin with there is Schwartz' infectious — by turns rhythmic and haunting — score, a skillful rock-infused amalgam of eclectic musical styles and genres. Its central conceit — the retelling of the parables by a group of ingenuous young people who are drawn together by the arrival of a very contemporary Jesus — carries universals.
The show opened Off-Broadway on May 17, , and has since been produced by multiple touring companies and in many revivals. The revival played on Broadway from October 13, , through June 24, The musical is structured as a series of parables , primarily based on the Gospel of Matthew. The parables are interspersed with music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns , with the passion of Christ appearing briefly near the end of the show. The show was then rescored for an Off-Broadway production, which became a long-running success. An abbreviated one-act version of the musical has been produced under the title Godspell Junior.
Much of the magic is gone in Theater Barn's "Godspell - 2012"