Gotta love Mondays but only for one reason, that it’s another musical post. This week’s musical was my absolute favorite one of the 3 Broadway shows I saw earlier this year. Why? Beacuse it simply rocked. Only Broadway show I saw in the round, I was seated right in front of the stage, and it had amazing young talent. Plus it’s a Schwartz musical; can you go wrong? No, you can not. So enjoy this week’s Musical Monday!
Musical Monday date: 10/15/2012
Book, Music, and Lyrics: Based on Gospel of St. Matthew, Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Schwartz
Broadway Run: ORIGINAL CAST= June 22, 1976 - September 4, 1977
REVIVAL CAST= November 7, 2011 - June 24, 2012
Awards Won: ORIGINAL CAST= Drama Desk Awards for Most Promising Composer, Most Promising Lyricist, Most Promising Costume Design, Most Promising Director (John-Michael Tebelak)
REVIVAL CAST= None
Other: Was made into a movie in 1973 starring Victor Garber (Jesus) and David Haskell (John/Judas)
Fun Fact: The most recent revival included such notable names such as Hunter Parrish (Jesus; known for Spring Awakening and “Weeds” among other works) Telly Leung (known for Rent, Flower Drum Song, and “Glee”), Wallace Smith (John/Judas, known for The Lion King, Hair, Ragtime, American Idiot), and Nick Blaemire (known for Cry-Baby, writing Glory Days)
So there is some religious musical history at you to take you on through the week. Godspell is a great album to pick and listen to, and if there is a local production near you then absolutely go see it. Bless the Lord and go see a show!