Musicals at Richter

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JULY 23 - AUGUST 7 

Directed and Choreographed by
Bradford Blake

Music Direction by
Peter Randazzo
 

Book by John-Michael Tebelak
Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Conceived and Originally Directed by John-Michael Tebelak
Based on The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Based on the Gospel of St. Matthew, Godspell was conceived and
originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak, who also wrote the book.   
The plot follows a small group of people who help Jesus Christ tell
different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling
techniques and hefty doses of comic timing.

An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville,
is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage.
Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus'
messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.
Led by the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade
of beloved songs, including "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,"
"Learn Your Lessons Well," "All for the Best,"
"All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."

 

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With the exceptions of the scripted characters of Jesus and John
the Baptist/Judas, songs and parables will ultimately be
assigned based on individual talent and not necessarily follow
what was done in prior productions. The cast in the show will be
playing more exaggerated versions of themselves and not a
true, scripted character. In addition to each individual being
able to stand out, it is important that all be able to function as
an ensemble, without the feeling that any one
(other than Jesus) stands out above the others.

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Jesus – Tenor (High G) Must be the most charismatic individual in the cast. High energy, charming, funny, gentle but with strength. He is the sort of person others instinctively follow. Solos in “Save The People.” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “Alas for You,” and the Finale.

John the Baptist/Judas - Baritone (E) He has attributes of both Biblical figures: he is both Jesus’ lieutenant and most ardent disciple and the doubter who begins to question and rebel. Like Jesus, he is also charismatic, but in more of an overt revolutionary way. Usually played by someone handsome and masculine, with an undertone of sexuality. He is the most “serious” and intellectual of the group, though as with all the actors, he must still possess a good sense of physical comedy. Solos in “Prepare Ye The Way of the Lord,” “All for the Best,” “Light of the World” and “On the Willows.”

Jeffrey - Tenor (High D/falsetto) Very high energy. Impish and playful. In the original, he played several musical instruments, including concertina, recorder, and guitar. “We Beseech Thee”

Lamar – Tenor (High A) Not the brightest in the bunch, he is a little slow on the uptake. But there is a great sweetness and innocence about him. Because he sings “All Good Gifts” he must be a very good singer.

Herb – Baritone (E) The comedian, the class clown. The guy who can do a hundred voices and imitations. “Light of the World”

Robin – Mezzo Soprano. A bit of a tomboy, but basically open and sweet. Perhaps the youngest of the group. She is the first of the group to commit to following Jesus in the song “Day by Day.”

Joanne – Soprano (High A and High C) The confident one, the show-off. The first one to volunteer, sometimes she jumps in before she really understands what’s going on. “Bless the Lord”

Peggy – Alto The shy one. Sometimes a little slow to get things, but when she does, she commits all the way. Has an “earth mother” kind of warmth to her. “By My Side”

Sonia – Low Alto (D below Middle C) Sassy and slightly cynical, the most urban of the group. Also the “sexy” one, but her sexiness contains a large element of put-on, in the manner of Mae West or Madonna (who in fact once played this role.) “Turn Back O’ Man”

Glimer – Mezzo Soprano The female equivalent of the class clown. Goofy and a cut-up. In the 2012 Broadway revival, she played several instruments, including conga, ukulele, and guitar. “Learn your Lessons,” “By My Side”



 

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