Conceived and Originally Directed by John-Michael Tebelak
Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Originally Produced on the New York Stage by Edgar Lansbury, Stuart Duncan, and Joseph Beruh
Angeleaza Anderson, Philip Da Costa, Javier Del Pilar, Tess Higgins, Jennifer Lambert, Bobby Libby, Alan Naylor, Jolene Vettese, Chani Wereley, AJ Whittenberg
Lorraine Magee, Director and Choreographer
Elisa Rosman, Music Director
Jack Golden, Scenic Designer
Brittany Shemuga, Lighting and Projections Designer
Neil McFadden, Sound Designer
Maria Bissex, Costume Designer
Colleen O’Brien, Properties Designer
Rebecca Talisman, Stage Manager
About the Show
A musical reimagining of the parables of love and understanding taught by Jesus of Nazareth.
Love, understanding, and tolerance can be found at the foundation of virtually all the great religions of the world. So it’s no surprise that Godspell, from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), took the world by storm. However, due to its popularity, the musical has largely been relegated to being produced by high school and amateur theatres in recent years. NextStop will bring exceptional talent, creativity, and exhilarating production values to this beautiful, happy, uplifting musical in our unique intimate space.
Why NextStop Picked This Show
From July 2017 to June 2018, NextStop’s shows, in pairs, explore opposing and seemingly incompatible sides of big issues and ideas. Our hope is by providing a relaxed and entertaining venue for the community to gather together and be immersed in stories highlighting diverse perspectives, that we can help break down barriers which divide.
Theatre isn’t passive entertainment. When we leave the safety of our homes, interact with strangers sitting next to us, and turn off our phones, it is a powerful act of unity. Patrons of the theatre may not always agree with challenging works but do agree to consider them. In the spirit of that tradition, NextStop’s lineup of shows for July 2017 to June 2018 presents a “Point and Counterpoint” year of theatre.
“Godspell” is the first of a pair of shows about religion in NextStop’s 2017/2018 season. Its counterpoint, the play, “Bad Jews,” will provide an irreverent take on faith in America. “Bad Jews” finishes the season in May and is the capstone to a year-long commitment by NextStop to provide different perspectives on similar topics.
For more about our full season of shows visit www.NextStopTheatre.org/Together