OMG, Godspell Has Been Updated

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The 1971 flower-child musical Godspell -- a kooky rendering of the Scriptures as a sort of nouveau vaudeville show -- has started Broadway previews, and the kids on the boards are spilling about just how the script has been updated and tweaked.

SPOILER ALERT!

They swear that a joke has been added about Steve Jobs handing down an iPad from heaven!

There's also a reference to friending God on Facebook!

And there's a mention of shake weights, as well as snatches of performers doing the Chicken Dance, the Electric Slide, and the Electric Boogaloo.

Oh, dear Lord.

Someone's going to hell here -- and that would be anyone who complains about these fun changes!

Also on the boards: The buzz is that Stephanie J. Block will be the next Reno Sweeney to go into Anything Goes, replacing Tony winner Sutton Foster. Allegedly, she won't have to do the Chicken Dance.

Furthermore, rumors say that if Bonnie & Clyde is still running when Newsies comes to Broadway, Disney is wiling to buy out Jeremy Jordan's contract so he'll move over to the latter show. OMG.



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19 comments
Martin D. Goodkin
Martin D. Goodkin

Please, please, please--how do I, can I subscribe to your column and/or blog???  I need my Musto fix!!!!

Zan
Zan

Watch out, Musto. The shills are out in full force.

"Take the whole family"--yeah, if you want to preach the bible to your kids.

thePinkSuperhero
thePinkSuperhero

We saw the show last night, and it was a ball!  True to the original spirit of Godspell while feeling fresh.  The mention of Steve Jobs wasn't really a joke, more of a memorial.  I read all the hullabaloo about the new jokes, but it was much ado about nothing (they may have cut the Shake Weight joke, I don't recall it).

G.D. (Two Per Cent)
G.D. (Two Per Cent)

Word of mouth sucks. What a shame. They could have been saved from this fate. They were told this was going to happen. Let's face it, the only major production aside from the original Off-Broadway and Broadway runs was my company's original Harlem production. Had that transferred to Broadway, you'd have triumph instead of tragedy. Oh well... maybe they'll offer us a city, or a tour?

Rob in Philly
Rob in Philly

Also---LOVE the movie version.  They run all over New York City, it's fun to see the locales in the 70's.  I think it holds up as a great film version of a musical. 

Rob in Philly
Rob in Philly

The 80's off Broadway revival updated a lot of the references and bits--it was fun.  In 1985, I music directed a version of Godspell at Stagedoor Manor--the drama camp in the Catskills, it starred the director of the current B'way revival as Jesus and tv's Zach Braff as Judas.  They were both great kids, very focused and fun.  I hope the revival is a big hit. 

MSpeer
MSpeer

I always thought of this show as a 70's relic (albeit with some great music) since it really was a product of the time in which it was originally produced. Will be interesting to see what those who see this new version have to say about it.

And let's discuss again Bonnie & Clyde. Did you say that show was written by the heavy handed and melody-less composers of Jekyll and Hyde and Scarlet Pimpernel? Can't see it running too long, can you?

Toosoon
Toosoon

A Steve Jobs joke already?????

Starzz
Starzz

As long as they sing "Day By Day" and "Prepare Ye" I'm there.

Vv
Vv

Just go to dailymusto.com every day and there it is. Five or more blogs come in all day. And on the right, you'll see "Links" which has a link to the column all the time. There's a new column every Wednesday (or Tuesday night).

YanksFan201
YanksFan201

Saw yesterday's matinee with my wife, we both left thinking it was the most fun we'd had at a Broadway show in the longest time.  Even better, it's something we can take our kids to.  Thought the "modern references" were actually tastefully done.  I hope this becomes the sleeper hit of the new season, that cast deserves all the praise it can handle.

Sundlh
Sundlh

Give me a break.  You are starting to sound like a broken record on here and on the Broadway World boards.  If you spent more time focusing on your production of Gspell and less time bashing the current revival, you would have your own success on your hands. 

Lone dissenter
Lone dissenter

I dunno, ma'am. There are many better productions out there; it's a community theater staple you can see for far less money. If I wanted to pay 200 bucks to go to Sunday school, I'd prefer a little bang for my buck. This is a mess.

Lone dissenter
Lone dissenter

My darling dear, their production was the one to see. Davenport's is a schmaltzy, dark, fey mess with a working fountain. Hunter

G.D. (Two Per Cent)
G.D. (Two Per Cent)

I'm not sure I know this guy, but it's great to hear from someone who saw the original Harlem production. Is that what the pool in the center of the stage is? See I thought it was just some attempt at providing a focal point for the in the round staging; I had no idea it was supposed to echo the fountain from the film.

Nonetheless, Mr. (Mrs?) Sundlh, we'd be glad to do it if we were given the opportunity.

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