Godspell

2013-2014 National Theatre of Northern Greece
Godspell - John Michael Tebelak
Launch: Thessaloniki, Municipal Garden Theatre (Theatro Kipou), 3/7/2014

Godspell, a musical written by Stephen Schwartz, based on a text by John-Michael Tebelak was performed for the first time in 1970 by a group of students of the Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and ever since it has always been a hit success on and off Broadway.

Although the initial conception of the play sets it in the modern era (the New York City of the ‘70s), with this new adaptation we move one step forward in the context of modern Greece in the time of crisis. The
hypocrisy and arrogance of political power, the cumbersome justice system, the uneven accumulation of wealth, debts, prejudice and intolerance, xenophobia, racism and violence are the themes that find their similarities in the modern Greece. The timeless messages of the parables, extremely timely today, teach us, among others, the love for the fellowman, and are set into action on stage, as the characters
of the musical (who stand for Jesus Christ and his Apostles) take part in acts of solidarity, which bring in mind similar communities that emerged in our country during the crisis, encouraging the audience to get the most out of this effort.

Text adaptation: Xenia Georgopoulou
Text adaptation: Giorgos Kiourtsidis
Text adaptation: Roula Angelidou
Lyrics adaptation: Xenia Georgopoulou
Orchestration: Kostas Tzounis
Choreography: Marianthi Psomataki
Music Instruction: Lia Vissi
Lighting: Stella Kaltsou
Assistant Director: Roula Angelidou
4 performances - 1.034 spectators
Thessaloniki, Municipal Garden Theatre (Theatro Kipou) (03/07/2014 - 04/07/2014)
Pieria (18/07/2014)
Sykies, 'Manos Katrakis' Open Theatre (22/08/2014)
Open Theatre Festival
Merkouria- Municipality of Sykies
Conceived and originally directed by JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK. Music and New Lyrics by STEPHEN SCHWARTZ. Originally produced on the New York Stage by EDGAR LANSBURU/STUART DUNCAN/JOSEF BERUH BY ARRANGEMENT WITH SAMUEL FRENCH LTD
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