Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Saturday, 16 November 2013 14:29

The Godspell Truth

Written by Connie Bollinger
Rate this item
(0 votes)

The Details

The Godspell Truth
peabodyoperahouse.com

"Godspell" rocked the Peabody Friday night with all the explosive subtlety of a fireworks display. The 2013 incarnation of the 1970's rock sensation burst onto the stage, a suname of sound and color and beautifully pure rock.

"Godspell" is not your typical musical. There is no real story or plotline, no boy meets girl romantics. Instead we have a really fun Jesus teaching His disciples parables and stories illustrating how we should move in the world, how love is the most important lesson we’ll ever learn.

And the actors are seldom still. Jumping and grooving to the incredible Godspell Orchestra, singing from the heart, from the soul and sometimes even deeper, these actors/singers/dancers pulled me in from the first note.

The "Godspell" Jesus played by Jake Stern, is not the quiet contemplative philosopher we’re comfortable with. Instead he teaches his followers with a rock beat, encouraging them to act out the parables, sometimes in hilarious fashion.  Sometimes they lead us into a soft -- shoe dalliance, as in “All for the Best” with Jesus and Judas (Graham Parkhurst) and sometimes into sultry jazz as in “Turn Back O Man” sung by Alessia Lupiano.

Jannell Murray is breathtaking, taking us to new heights with that incredible voice of hers. She has a range every singer on earth would envy. Her vocal tour de force on “Learn Your Lessons Well” is perfection.

"Godspell" is a raucous, loud, energetic take on familiar Christian lessons and parables that makes those stale Sunday School stories spring to life with new insight and meaning. To my mind Godspell is far from sacrilegious as some suggested when the movie was released way back in 1975. It is instead a relevent, reverent and revealing look at what we thought we knew, who we thought we were and where we lost focus in our lives.

It’s also one of the best times I’ve ever had at the theater.

"Godspell" plays the Peabody Opera House through Sunday, November 17th.  For more information: www.PeabodyOperaHouse.com

 

 

 

 

Additional Info

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

KDHX Recommends

March
Saturday
07

Brunch at the Stage: Brian Curran

KDHX is now curating a Saturday brunch series at the Stage with live music from local musicians and delicious, locally-sourced food and drinks from the Magnolia Café. Brunch at the Stage takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m....


March
Friday
13

Daniel Romano & The Trilliums, Jack Grelle and Ryan Koenig

Daniel Romano is a songwriter who channels country crooning and hard luck storytelling with cinematic fidelity. While references to marquee names like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard are apparent in Romano's...


March
Saturday
14

Green with Indie Craft Show 2015

Green with Indie is an indie arts and crafts show featuring more than sixty handmade artists and vintage sellers. All the wares are earth-friendly, salvaged, upcycled, recycled, homegrown, homemade, revamped, or refurbished....


Get Answers!

If you have questions or need to contact KDHX, visit our answers portal at answers.kdhx.org.

Upcoming Events HAPPENING

Online Users

5 users and 9826 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook