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.
Godspell was the brainchild of John-Michael Tebelak, who based the story on the Gospel of St Matthew. And when he brought Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Wicked, among others) in to write the music, a hit was born.
Godspell opened at the Playbox Theatre Melbourne in November 1971 and closed, 504 sold-out performances later, to a riotous crowd of well-wishers in December 1972. It proved to be one of the most popular musicals ever staged in Australia and New Zealand and went on to tour for the next five years.
Godspell has been performed continually somewhere in the world ever since.
Godspell Reimagined 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 creative community that Room 8 has assembled utilise organic rock’n’roll, street dance and urban acrobatics, that gives Godspell Reimagined a “keeping it real” feel.
Godspell features such hits as Day By Day, By My Side, Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord, Save The People and All For The Best.