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Sunday, February 08, 2015

Lively, Joyous 'Godspell' at Olney

Olney Theatre Center launched its 77th season with a joyful and uplifting production of the musical Godspell.  With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz who went on to write Pippin and Wicked, and a book by John-Michael Tebelak, the production opened off Broadway in 1971 and has become a staple of high school and community theatre as well as numerous professional mountings and tours since.
Photo by Stan Barouh
Based on the Gospel of Matthew, the show is a mixture of Scripture parables as told by Jesus loosely tied together with songs and dance. 
  Godspell at Olney is an updated version based on the 2011 Broadway revival. The original 1971 production had a hippie clown folk motif in keeping with that era. The Olney production has more of a hipster, rock and amped vibe more in keeping with the generation brought up on the musical Rent.
For full review, visit MD Theatre Guide.

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