Godspell

by  Stephen Schwartz, John-Michael Tebelak

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  5m, 5f

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

    5m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Faith-based
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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. The libretto is available on hire. Please enquire.
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Accolades

  • Tony Award (nomination): Best original score 1977

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

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • No Special Cautions

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Production

Details

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

Music

  • Musical Style: Folk
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo

Casting

5m, 5f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Flexible and exbandable casting

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

2 piano/vocal scores and 15 Libretti

3 band parts: bass, guitar, drums

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Authors

Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz

John-Michael Tebelak

John-Michael Tebelak

Carnegie Mellon University 1970

Original LaMama and Off-Broadway 1971

Playbox Theatre, Melbourne 1971

Rouondhouse Theatre, London 1971

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