‘Godspell’: Prepare ye for a ‘masterful retelling of the original sensation’
“Godspell” is returning to the Ivoryton Playhouse. Featuring hits such as “Day by Day,” the popular musical — first performed there in 1974 — opens Wednesday, May 22, and runs through Sunday, June 16.
Loosely based on the Gospel of St. Matthew, “Godspell” is an upbeat retelling of biblical parables, the theater said. It follows a group of people who unite as a community through teachings of love, kindness and acceptance. Aside from “Day by Day,” the show features such songs as “By My Side” and “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord.”
“The themes are timeless and the piece is as relevant, if not more relevant today as it was 47 years ago,” director Jacqui Hubbard said. “Because of its energy and broad appeal it crosses generational lines and children both young and old love the music and the story.”
“Godspell” began as John Michael Tebelak’s master thesis at Carnegie Mellon University, with lyrics taken directly from the Episcopal Hymnal. Schwartz, also from Carnegie Mellon, was hired to write a new score, adding original songs to the modernized hymns, the theater said.
The show opened in 1971 and transferred to Broadway in 1976. “Godspell” was also a popular movie in 1973.
Ivoryton Playhouse’s production is based on the 2012 Broadway revival. The theater said it’s “a masterful retelling of the original sensation, injected with contemporary references and dazzling new arrangements.”
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton. Wednesday, May 22 - Sunday, June 16. Wednesday and Sunday 2 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. Also Thursday May 23 and Saturday June 1 and 15 at 2 p.m. $55 adult, $50 senior, $25 student, $20 children up to age 12. 860-767-7318