Based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, GODSPELL is one of the most successful musicals in history. It present a whimsical view of Jesus, who is dressed like a clown with a red nose, a red heart painted on his forehead, and a Superman shirt. His followers and disciples re-enact parables and scenes from Jesus' life with great energy.
The rock musical was an immediate hit when it opened in the spring of 1971 at an off-Broadway theatre. Ticket sales were brisk for three years. Between 1971 and 1973, productions opened in Los Angeles, London, Paris, Washington, D.C., Toronto, San Francisco, Melbourne, Sydney, Hamburg, and Berlin. several songs from the show, including Day by Day, became chart hits. The show -- written by then - college student John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz of Pippin, and more recently Pocahontas, and Prince of Egypt, fame -- went on to win rave reviews and a Grammy Award for Best Score.
Godspell is a two act contemporary show with a small cast, generally 5 men and 5 women, and a small orchestra: Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums and requires minimal scenery, lighting and sound. The music is easy to learn and sing and costuming is basically from one's closet. It is ideal for schools, churches, small production facilities, and those on a limited budget. It is well suited for general audiences.