June 17, 2017
Arkansas Repertory Theatre
- 601 Main St Little Rock, AR
- (501) 378-0405
Book by John Michael Tebelak | Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Conceived and Originally Directed by John Michael Tebelak | Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew
Created in partnership with 2 Ring Circus | Directed by Donna Drake
Prepare ye the way for this irresistible, groundbreaking rock musical that blends the Gospel According to St. Matthew with an unbridled sense of joyous play. Timeless, haunting and full of humor and heart,Godspell is a celebration of the best of our humanity and shines a beacon of light in a dark and weary world.
Reimagined by visionary director Donna Drake as a Southern parable set in a down-on-its-luck circus during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Godspell will transform your spirit and inspire you to journey out into the world and build a more Beautiful City. A hunted prophet and peacemaker are taken in by a traveling family of entertainers lost in a world of political and religious unrest. Over the course of their brief time with this miraculous man, they rediscover new hope in a simple song and salvation in basic acts of kindness and brotherhood.
The production team is joined by the aerial wizards of 2 Ring Circus, who created the spellbinding effects for last season’s family favorite The Little Mermaid. This talented team will transform The Rep’s stage into a wondrous big top where your wildest dreams will come true.
“I am overjoyed to be returning to The Rep next season as director of the newly conceived cirque/aerial version of Godspell, a new and thought-provoking spin on an age-old story,” said Director Donna Drake. “I wanted to develop and work on this production at The Rep because I know I will be surrounded by extraordinary talent, brilliant design, a supportive team and dear friends; all the tools needed to create magic. From Mary Poppins to Godspell, each production is a unique story of humankind being transformed by the teachings of love and compassion.”
Godspell is one of the most beloved musicals of the late 20th century and features a jubilant score from Stephen Schwartz, the acclaimed composer of Wicked and Pippin, that includes the songs “Day by Day,” “On the Willows” and “Beautiful City.”