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Curtain Soon to Rise on Godspell
The cast of Godspell, Seton Hall Prep’s 2014 Spring Musical, has been hard at work preparing for the April 10 opening in Giblin Auditorium. After weeks of practicing bits and pieces of the play, the 80 members of the cast are now up on stage, running through the entire production, fine-tuning their work, ensuring that all the great songs and production numbers come across with the energy Prep audiences have enjoyed over the last two decades.
Directed by Prep Fine Arts Chairman Joseph A. Neglia, and assisted by Theresa Neglia, Godspell will have its curtain rise on the weekend of April 10 to 12, at Tickets are $12, available in the Fine Arts Office; for more information, call 973.325.6749.
Godspell is a musical by Stephen Schwartz and a book by John-Michael Tebelak. It opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and revivals many times since, including a 2011 revival which played on Broadway from October 13, 2011, to June 24, 2012. Several cast albums have been released over the years and one of its songs, "Day by Day" from the original cast album, reached #13 on the Billboard pop singles chart in the summer of 1972.
The musical is set as a series of parables, mostly based on the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The parables are interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ treated briefly near the end of the performance. It was begun a college project performed by students at CarnegieMellonUniversity and moved later to La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in Greenwich Village. It was then re-scored for an off-Broadway production which became a long-running success.