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Review: ‘Godspell’ at Villanova Theatre

Godspell has always been a show filled with spirit. Ever since its New York debut in 1971, it’s been a vehicle for a lot more than a religious message. Its loose structure – John-Michael Tebelak’s book recounts of Jesus’ life and teachings through a modern lens – allows for lots of improvisation and invention. Villanova […]

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Review: ‘Godspell’ at Encore Stage & Studio by Emma Kiely

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 […]

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Review: ‘Godspell’ at W.T. Woodson High School

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. In the masterful hands of W.T. Woodson High School Artistic Director Terri J. Hobson, though, it is a heartwarming kaleidoscope of teachable moments. It is […]

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‘Godspell’ at Olney Theatre Center

Do you remember when “psychedelic” and “flower power” were prevalent in the American vocabulary? It doesn’t really matter, because Olney Theatre Center’s tuneful and energetic production of Godspell can be enjoyed by theatre lovers of all ages. Originally produced off-Broadway in 1971, with music by Stephen Schwartz and book by John-Michael Tebelak, Godspell is a […]

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‘Godspell’ at Port Tobacco Players

One of the challenges of staging Godspell, Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak’s charming and oft-revived production of the Gospel according to Matthew, is to find ways to reinvent the story while keeping the message fresh and current. Port Tobacco Players’ production throws together high energy choreography, pop culture references, some stand-out solo performances, and a […]

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