Soundtrack – Godspell

To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly

Anna Maria Perez de Tagle acted in Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak’s musical, “Godspell”, at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway in New York City with Hunter Parrish and Telly Leung in the cast from October 13, 2011 – December 23, 2011.

Godspell is a musical that opened off-Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has since been produced by multiple touring companies and in many revivals. Godspell began as a project by drama students at Carnegie Mellon University and then moved to the off-off-Broadway theater La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in the East Village of Manhattan.

The show was then rescored for an off-Broadway production, which became a long-running success. Several cast albums have been released over the years. “Day by Day”, from the original cast album, reached #13 on the Billboard pop singles chart in the summer of 1972. The show features eight non-Biblical characters, who sing and act out the parables:

Gilmer (silly, a great storyteller); Robin (a tomboy); Herb (goofy and entertaining); Jeffrey (happy and excited); Joanne (eager and enthusiastic); Lamar (clumsy and unintentionally funny); Peggy (shy and loyal); and Sonia (dramatic with a put-on sensuality). In the original script, licensed through Theatre Maximus, the “Christ” character and the “John” and “Judas” role are assigned the names of the original performers, Stephen and David.

All ten characters are always on stage. When the movie shooting began in August 1972, the actors didn’t have a copy of the shooting script. They were simply told which parable or scene they would be doing the next day. They were all so experienced with the musical that they didn’t need much rehearsal. They would show up in the morning ready to improvise, explore the possibilities in the location, and then start the shoot.

Movie Soundtrack Titles
  1. Prepare Ye (The Way of the Lord)
  2. Save the People
  3. Day by Day
  4. Turn Back, O Man
  5. Bless the Lord
  6. All for the Best
  7. All Good Gifts
  8. Light of the World
  9. Alas for You
  10. By My Side
  11. Beautiful City
  12. On the Willows
  13. Finale
Movie Cast
  • Victor Garber
  • Katie Hanley
  • David Haskell
  • Merrell Jackson
  • Joanne Jonas
  • Robin Lamont
  • Gilmer McCormick
  • Jeffrey Mylett
  • Jerry Sroka
  • Lynne Thigpen
Original Cast
  • David Haskell
  • Gilmer McCormick
  • Herb Simon
  • Jeffrey Mylett
  • Joanne Jonas
  • Lamar Alford
  • Peggy Gordon
  • Robin Lamont
  • Sonia Manzano
  • Stephen Nathan


Sources

Wikipedia
Godspell the Musical

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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