The Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford is now staging a revival of Godspell, the classic 1970s era off-Broadway musical written by Grammy and Oscar award winner Stephen Schwartz. His credits go beyond Godspell and include Broadway hits Wicked and Pippin. He also collaborated with Oscar winner Alan Menken on the scores for such films as Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted (all Disney films).
The story is adapted from parables in the Gospels of St. Matthew and Luke and it set in a modern, gritty urban setting, not the Holy Land. And though the underlying theme has religious undertones, the story emphasizes universal themes of honesty, forgiveness, kindness, redemption and love for your fellow man. It is a tale of morals that any one of any faith can appreciate. The story is held aloft by a wonderful score including such hits as “Day by Day” and “By My Side”
This version is not stuck in 1971 but has been updated to 2015 with references to the Kardashians, Donald Trump and even Obamacare. The humor of these references helps break the seriousness of some of the scenes. The story is further lightened by the excellent and lively ensemble of actors who sing and dance their way with high energy through the performance. In one of the numbers, cast member Devon Perry shows off her skills by playing piano on stage.
The talented company includes of Actors Equity performers includes Kareema Castro, Xander Chauncey (as Judas), Josh Kenney, Greta Kleckner, Nicholas Park, Devon Perry, Nathan Andrew Riley, Gilbert Sanchez (as Jesus), Corinne Scott, Sarah Smithson, Karley Willocks and Jonathan Stahl.
Dinner is included with your ticket price and is served before the performance. The show runs through August 9th 2015
For tickets and reservations:
Call (914)-592-2222. Also at: www.broadwaytheatre.com
Westchester Broadway Theatre
1 Broadway Plaza
Elmsford, NY 10526