One of the first of the rock-type religious musicals that began to emerge in the 70s, Godspell opened off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York on 17 May 1971. It had a book, by John-Michael Tebelak, which was based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, and music and lyrics by newcomer Stephen Schwartz. The cast included Stephen Nathan (Jesus) and David Haskell (Judas), and the score contained songs such as ‘All Good Gifts’, ‘Save The People’, ‘Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord’, ‘Light Of The Best’, and ‘Day By Day’, a number that epitomizes this style of production, and which became an enormous US hit in a version by the Broadway original cast. After 2, 124 performances, the show moved to a main house, the Broadhurst Theatre, for a further 527. The cast of the London production, which stayed at Wyndham’s ...
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