SOUNDTRACK/CAST ALBU - GODSPELL - 2001 REVIVAL CAST ALBUM Cast Recording
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Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair are often named as the two best "rock musicals," but Stephen Schwartz's Godspell--which opened off-Broadway in 1971 and on Broadway five years later--is, for many people, a sentimental favorite. The musical style involves consistently catchy pop and is inspirational without being preachy. Instead of presenting a linear narrative, the book is made up of a succession of vignettes illustrating biblical parables through a hippy prism--making it particularly easy to adapt and update. Directed by Schwartz's son Scott, this touring production (including new lyrics by Schwartz senior) is set in a hi-tech environment and incorporates references to video monitors and computers (which form an electronic crucifix). This revival is sometimes marred by weird arrangements (new orchestrations have been made by Alex Lacamoire)--as with the quasi drum & bass beat on "Tower of Babble" or the metallish guitar licks on "Save the People." Still, the performance presents an exuberantly youthful cast and is highly energetic. To hear an equally upbeat but less aggressive update of the show, you might want to check out the 2000 Off-Broadway cast recording. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
Top Customer Reviews
seriously, my only complaint is "tower of babble". besides that, the cast and musicians managed to update "godspell" to rock out, while still preserving all the meaning of the text. i'd recommend buying the 2000 version alongside this one, especially if you're as obsessed with this show as i am! good work, guys.
Without changing the songs in any significant way, the producers make the show feel contemporary with new arrangements and orchestration, not like it's stuck in the 1970's. I was able to sing along the first time through, while experiencing the musical in a whole new way. It's actually changed my opinion on several songs, most noticeably "Beautiful City" and "Turn Back, O Man."
I was also glad to get the "Prologue" and "Tower of Babble" songs. As far as I know, this is the only recording of these songs, and it's nice to have all the songs for this musical. I was also glad to see "We Beseech Thee" since it's one of my favorites.
This CD hasn't replaced my Original Cast Recording CD. But it's a great addition, and I'm glad I've added it to my collection. If you're a fan of this musical, buy this CD today and enjoy a classic with a modern feel.
1. All of the cast is majorly off beat with the music. It sounds like a train wreck.
2. There is the feeling of excitement, but no feeling of hurt (in the finale) and other places.
3. Half of the people can not stay on key. They always go falt and sharp...which drives me off the ricter scale.
4. The orchestration are atrocious. It doesn't even sound like "Godspell" anymore.
Please do not buy this. IF you want an amazing recording that is close to the heart of the original Godspell, get the 2000 off-broadway cast. The woman who sings "Bless the Lord" is amazing. She sounds like the Christina Aguilera of the musical genre. Get the 2000 recording instead of this junk. Please. Don't torture your ears as I have.
I highly recommend this CD to anyone who loves Godspell and wants to hear it brought up to date.
Most recent customer reviews
Well, this version of Godspell will never be as good as the movie version not the original off b. way cast recording. I was dissapointed in some of the songs on here. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2009 by Mark Mannisto
This may be worth a listen if you're a big fan of Godspell and want to hear an attempt to update the music to modern times. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2007 by Stuck at Home
This is a wonderful start for new people coming into the musical theatre scene. I am a friend of one of the persons on this cd and having him tell me stories of them on tour is a... Read morePublished on June 29 2004
I had the pleasure of seeing Godspell for the first time last month when it was performed by my daughter's high school theater troupe ( Shades Valley High School troupe #398. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2003
The promise of a complete score plus new orchestrations made me get this - and what a let down. New orchestrations are one thing, but they have been made to the total detrement of... Read morePublished on March 26 2003 by ibizahat
I bought this cd wanting to love it. Acquaintence Joe Carney plays Jesus in this horribly-cast abomination of a fun musical. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2002 by L. Schneider
Fantastic songs and this new production is so update.I just saw this production in UK and Scott your father Mr Schwartz will be very proud for you.Published on May 9 2002 by R. Tan
I love this Godspell! I saw theese guys perform here in Indiana and woah were they amazing. I think the show was sold out all 3 days. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2002