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(Vocal Selections). This revised edition features 14 songs from Stephen Schwartz's breakthrough musical, in all-new engravings reviewed by Schwartz himself Includes: Alas for You * All for the Best * All Good Gifts * By My Side * Day by Day * Learn Your Lessons Well * Light of the World * Prepare Ye (The Way of the Lord) * and more, plus great artwork and a note-for-note transcription of "Beautiful City" from the 2011 Broadway revival.
"A Hit, A big, big Hit. Godspell believes in God--and people--and possibility." -The New York Post
"Godspell turns the theatre into a joyous palace." -Billboard Magazine
"Exhilarating...a rapid fire musical fun house." -New York Magazine
"Godspell is a love feast...dedicated to light and joy and love. The music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz are remarkably eclectic, drawing on rock, folk, gospel and Broadway...it is delightful" -Women's Wear Daily
"A family-friendly show that deserves to run forever!" -The Wall Street Journal
"Blessed indeed! Godspell has anointed a new group of Broadway stars, and we are the richer for it." -Associated Press
GODSPELL, with book and original concept by John-Michael Tebelak and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, originated in 1970 as a play and Tebelak's master thesis project at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He took the show with much of the original student cast to New York for a two-week run at the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in 1971. This production caught the attention of several producers who wanted to open it off-Broadway. In the transition, they hired Stephen Schwartz to write the music. It subsequently opened off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre on May 17, 1971. It transferred to the Promenade Theatre only three months later and closed on June 13, 1976 after 2,124 performances. The first Broadway production of GODSPELL opened only a week later on June 22, 1976 at the Broadhurst Theatre. The production transferred to the Plymouth Theatre and then the Ambassador Theatre, where it closed on September 4, 1977. In 2000, GODSPELL was once again revived off-Broadway and ran for two months. A second Broadway revival played the Circle in the Square Theater in 2011. The production ran from November 7, 2011 to June 24, 2012. The musical has achieved significant success in other countries. A production opened at the Roundhouse Theatre in London in 1971, where it eventually transferred to another theatre after a very successful run. In 1972, a Toronto production opened drawing entirely from local performers, and set what was then a record run of 488 performances. The musical recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with a production at the Union Theatre in London.