Godspell Launches Free, Ten-Part Audio Commentary Series, Featuring Stephen Schwartz

News   Godspell Launches Free, Ten-Part Audio Commentary Series, Featuring Stephen Schwartz
 
Beginning March 6 fans of the Broadway revival of Godspell can listen online for free to audio commentary of the performance from the show's composer (Stephen Schwartz) and director (Daniel Goldstein).

Stephen Schwartz
Stephen Schwartz Photo by Jeremy Daniel

The commentary, which was recorded live in February during an evening performance at Circle in the Square Theatre, features Schwartz and Goldstein as they "discuss their process and personal experiences of creating the hit Broadway revival," according to a press statement.

Each Monday for the next ten weeks, a new 15-minute audio segment will be available online at www.godspell.com/commentary.

The March 6 installment includes discussions on the re-creation of the prologue number "Tower of Babble" as well as the challenges of staging the musical in the round and more.

"One of my favorite things to do is listen to commentaries on DVDs. They make the experience that much richer," said Ken Davenport in a statement. "So I thought, why not do that for a Broadway musical? Part of the Godspell experience, from the investment model, to our Godspell blog, has been to invite our fans and supporters behind the curtain. And our commentary is the ultimate entry into how the show was created. As you can imagine, I'm pretty intimately familiar with how it all happened...and even I was totally enthralled with the stories that Stephen and Danny tell throughout their commentary.  It's fascinating and a must for any fan of Godspell and any fan of musical theater."

Circle in the Square Theatre is located at 1633 Broadway at 50th Street. Featuring music and new lyrics by Schwartz and original concept and direction by John-Michael Tebelak, Godspell is directed by Daniel Goldstein and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Christopher Gattelli.

The cast is led by Hunter Parrish as Jesus and Wallace Smith as John/Judas and features Uzo Aduba, Nick Blaemire, Celisse Henderson, Morgan James, Telly Leung, Lindsay Mendez, George Salazar and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle.

The revival is produced by Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Broadway Across America, Luigi Caiola, Rose Caiola, Edgar Lansbury, Mike McClernon, The Tolchin Family, Guillermo Wiechers & Juan Torres and The People of Godspell. Associate producers include Dennis Grimaldi Production, Todd Miller, Pivot Entertainment Group, Chris Welch and Cedric Yau.

Visit www.godspell.com.

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