Review by catey sullivan there’s no question but that stephen schwartz‘ score sounds consistently gorgeous under the baton of musical director william underwood, but as conceived and originally directed by john-michael tebelak, godspell is dominated by a perky, up-with-people affectation that often reads as simplistic and a tad. Based on the gospel of matthew (with some forays into other biblical gospels), godspell was first the brainchild of john-michael tebelak and represented his master’s thesis project for carnegie mellon university tebelak’s play was first performed, as you might expect, at carnegie mellon in 1970. Embalmed in patchouli, yet insistently, sometimes gratingly ageless, godspell began in 1971 as the american-tribal-love-rock-jesusical, featuring ultracatchy genre-hopping pop songs by a young stephen schwartz, a very loose new testament story arc conceived by the late john-michael tebelak, and a company of charming, vocally frowsy near-amateurs.
Godspell is the first of a pair of shows about religion in nextstop’s 2017/2018 season its counterpoint, the play, bad jews, will provide an irreverent take on faith in america bad jews finishes the season in may and is the capstone to a year-long commitment by nextstop to provide different perspectives on similar topics. Conceived and originally directed by john-michael tebelak and featuring a tuneful score by stephen schwartz, “godspell” was a monster hit when it opened off broadway 40 years ago, running more.
Godspell's creative team: stephen schwartz, john-michael tebelak, and the original cast by carol de giere in 1971, stephen schwartz, the future composer of the godspell score, was an ambitious twenty-three-year-old.
Stephen schwartz’s often treacly godspell, conceived by book writer john-michael tebelak, is a parade of parables borrowed from the new testament’s matthew and luke set to a hippie-chic seventies vibe the cast of ‘godspell’ photo by pam hardin. The message of easter came early this year as encore stage & studio’s (encore) musical theatre intensive presented john-michael tebelak and stephen schwartz’s godspell performed in the sparsely set black box space of gunston arts center-theatre two, this musical follows the parables of the new testament told through a small group of disciples, john the baptist (nicholas boone) and jesus (lucy rocchio), playing off of the comedy of human pitfalls and the joy of god’s everlasting love. The revival of stephen schwartz and john-michael tebelak’s 1971 folk-rock musical finds weeds star hunter parrish playing a buff jesus.
Add your own description/review mark this play title as not family-safe briefly state why you think this play title should be deemed not family safe eg for a photograph: sheer clothing, suggestive pose for a play: an offensive, sexually explicit, or very profane title. Stephen schwartz’s often treacly godspell, conceived by book writer john-michael tebelak, is a parade of parables borrowed from the new testament’s matthew and luke set to a hippie-chic. Godspell has changed from the one you may remember from high school or college: a pharisee discusses a tweet as pharisees are wont to do obamacare gets a mention one of jesus' followers takes a selfie.
In the 1960's when john-michael tebelak and his future godspell cast members were studying at carnegie mellon university, their drama classes were all held in the fine arts building ( stephen schwartz was a directing major there from 1964-1968.
Godspell is a musical composed by stephen schwartz with the book by john-michael tebelak the show opened off-broadway on may 17, 1971, and has since been produced by multiple touring companies and in many revivals the 2011 revival played on broadway from october 13, 2011 through june 24, 2012. The revival of stephen schwartz and john-michael tebelak’s 1971 folk-rock musical finds weeds star hunter parrish playing a buff jesus new york – i’m the first to groan when critics spend. Godspell is a soundtrack of a rock musical dealing with the gospels, and the teachings of jesus christ in a modern setting the songs are the sound of the 1970's, very direct, amusing, but not blasphemous.