Godspell at @PacificTheatre (review)

I was invited by my friends at Pacific Theatre to come along to the opening night of Godspell, a musical by Stephen Schwartz & John-Michael Tebelakand and staged by Pacific Theatre. You may recall that I gave away a pair of tickets for my readers a few weeks back. I couldn’t make it on opening night, but I jumped at the opportunity to do the Sing Along Night, a total experiment that they were running. Jason Sanders was a good sport and tagged along with me.

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Godspell, directed by Sarah Rodgers and with musical direction by Nelson Boschman is a reinvented version (refurbished, refreshed, reinvigorated and rehashed) of The Gospel According to Saint Matthew. You’ll see, in this version, Rodgers and Boschman give us a gospel that is embedded in Rowan & Martin’s popular TV show “Laughing”. The result is a hilarious musical that will keep you laughing and singing along (if you happen to come to that specific night, I am not sure Pacific Theatre will do it again – but if they do, you totally should go!)

The choreography, singing and stage scenography were absolutely outstanding. In particular, I found Rodgers’ intermixing of Laughing with the Gospel According to St Matthew extraordinarily seamless. In reinventing Godspell for modern audiences, Rodgers provides her actors with an opportunity to create new storylines and build caricatures of characters that would otherwise be perceived as too solemn.

I loved all actors’ and especially kudos to the actor behind Jesus, Tim Bratton (who really charmed me) and the outstanding Rowan and Martin impersonators, Joel Stephanson and John Voth. I am particularly thrilled that the voices of the actors projected so well, because the last few musicals I have seen have had a bit of a problem with acoustics. Amazing talent, great musical band, I really will have to do a second take on this wonderful musical.

Godspell will be playing from May 28th through July 3rd at Pacific Theatre, 1420 West 12th Ave. at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays with 2 p.m. matinee Saturdays. Tickets are $17 – $34 and you can buy them by calling 604-731-5518 or through their website at Tickets.PacificTheatre.org


Disclosure: The tickets to attend the musical for me and for my Plus One were sponsored very generously by Pacific Theatre. I am not obligated nor expected to write this review entry, but I certainly feel that my readers would benefit from attending the musical. In any review I write or publish on my site, I retain editorial control at all times. Should you have any questions/concern feel free to contact me via e-mail through my contact form.

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Comments (1)

148julesJune 3rd, 2010 at 10:30 am

It’s Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In!

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