Godspell Lyric Sources

Stephen Schwartz’s credit for Godspell is  “music and new lyrics.” On this list of lyric sources, you’ll see which song lyrics were adapted or drawn from hymns, and which were original to Schwartz. “Prologue”: various philosophical...

Godspell Movie Origins

The Godspell Movie Origins: From Ideas to the Top of the World The Godspell movie will be part of the Easter lineup on the Turner Classic Movies channel this year, as it often is. (It’s on DVD as well.) On screen, the actors in this festive musical tumble around an...

Godspell’s Unique Collaborative History

Godspell is one of the few musicals that its first cast members helped to create. The new book The Godspell Experience: Inside a Transformative Musical reveals the full behind-the-scenes story. Actors who originate roles in new musicals may help shape the character,...

Magic for Godspell

When John-Michael Tebelak developed the idea for Godspell, he focused on Jesus as a teacher and didn’t include Bible stories about miraculous healing. But Tebelak and the other show creators did want to enhance the production with stage magic, such as the appearance...

Stephen Schwartz Launched His Career with Godspell

Stephen Schwartz and Godspell  History In 1971, twenty three year old Stephen Schwartz launched his legendary songwriter career with Godspell—a show that quickly became a box office hit in productions around the world. The original cast album went on to win two Grammy...

“All Good Gifts” – The Story Behind the Song

When John-Michael Tebelak was first piecing together the college production of Godspell, he remembered a harvest song in the Episcopal hymnal that is sometimes performed at Thanksgiving services with other music: Hymn 138, “We Plow the Fields, and Scatter.” Tebelak...