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Godspell Cast Recording

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Prepare ye for GODSPELL, the beloved classic from Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning composer of WICKED and PIPPIN. Enjoy all the good gifts of one of the most enduring shows of all time as it comes to Broadway in a brand new, intimately staged, one-of-a-kind production. Raise your spirit with the Tony®-nominated score filled with the popular hits Day By Day, Learn Your Lessons Well and Turn Back, O Man
This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world--and now you can join the celebration as a spectacular ensemble of Broadway's best, including Hunter Parrish (Spring Awakening, Showtime's "Weeds"), Telly Leung ("Glee", Wicked), Anna Maria Perez de Tagle ("Hannah Montana", Camp Rock), performs the greatest story ever told. So come sing about love at GODSPELL! Featuring exclusive bonus track of "Beautiful City" sung by John Ondrasik from Five For Fighting.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Tower Of Babble - Wallace Smith
  2. Prepare Ye - Wallace Smith
  3. Save The People - Hunter Parrish
  4. Day By Day - Godspell Ensemble
  5. Learn Your Lessons Well - Hunter Parrish
  6. Bless The Lord - Lindsay Mendez
  7. All For The Best - Wallace Smith
  8. All Good Gifts - Telly Leung
  9. Light Of The World - Godspell Ensemble
  10. Turn Back, O Man - Morgan James
  11. Alas For You - Hunter Parrish
  12. By My Side - Uzo Aduba
  13. We Beseech Thee - Nick Blaemire
  14. Beautiful City - Hunter Parrish
  15. On The Willows - Wallace Smith
  16. Finale - Wallace Smith
  17. Beautiful City - BONUS - John Ondrasik
  18. Learn Your Lessons Well (After Hours) - Wallace Smith


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 31, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: GHOSTLIGHT.
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • ASIN: B006GVNHYI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. Schleck on February 14, 2012
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I am bias in my review, as I am a huge Godspell fan having seen it over 50 times in every venue you can imagine. I saw the New Broadway cast last week and they are the best of the best. They are all charming, fresh, charismatic, young actors with amazing voices. The new cast album captures the life and energy of the live experience. Of the eight Godspell cast albums that I own this is one of favorites in that the new cast and arrangements has made this album as relevant today as the original was to the protest filled early 70's. Now instead of Hippy Clowns we have I-phone addicted yuppies transformed into vibrant urban street performers. If you are in New York see this show before it is gone, as in an age of heartless high tech shows I am not sure if the modern theatergoer is too jaded to sit back take in the joy and energy of the show which is so much more than a sum of its parts. If your not in New York get this CD. Its a great way to take a little piece of this timeless theatrical miracle home.
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Maybe my title is mean: this is certainly not a bad recording of this wonderful show, it's just ... tidy.

Case in point: "By My Side". Any admirer of "Godspell" knows how haunting this can be. In this recording, unfortunately, the singers have decided that the music and lyrics are too under-stated: they overwhelm the song with that awful fake emotion that is rife on shows like the international "Idol" talent contests and "Glee". You know, never be content with one note when a syllable can be drawn out to allow three, make sure the audience knows they are supposed to be moved by adopting a caricature of sadness in your voice.

I could go on, but no recording of "Godspell" leaves me in an overly nasty mood, and there are certainly good things here. The new arrangement of "All Good Things" is the best I've heard, "Learn Your Lessons" and "All for the Best" are as exuberant and cheeky as they should be, and the new lyrics of "Beautiful City" make moving and tasteful reference to the terrorist attacks on New York without interrupting the flow.

If, like me, you have a few recordings of this show, then this one is certainly a worthy addition to your collection. For what it's worth, I think that on CD the film soundtrack Godspell: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (now available here: Godspell: 40th Anniversary Celebration is the best of the lot.
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While no CD can encapsulate the spectacle and phenomenon that is a Broadway show, the Godspell CD surely captures the spirit, joy, reverance, and excitement of this musical. The orchestrations are wondrous. The cast is amazing--they truly make you feel the emotion of Godspell, and their voices are second to none. To top it all off, you can hear and understand every word, so the story comes through almost as if the actors were transporting you to the Circle in the Square Theater. In fact, upon listening to this fabulous music (over and over, I'm sure)--that's just where you'll want to be!
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Ok..where do I start? First and foremost, I am a musician/singer, and enjoy the Godspell soundtracks from the 70s (the movie more than the original Broadway cast). With that out of the way, I opted to give this "new, fresh arrangement-laden" soundtrack a try. My first impression? Think "Godspell grows into Wicked meets Rent". You'll need to listen to understand the reference.

The singers are good, albeit very Broadway-sounding. Some of the singing and rhythms seem forced, almost as if there was extreme effort in ensuring the songs sound different than the known (and loved) versions from decades prior. I appreciate purposeful dissonance as much as the next musician, but there seemed to be an over abundance of it just for the sake of doing it.

Let's talk about the songs. Godspell isn't Godspell without the flagship "Day By Day". While I prefer the old versions, I at least anticipated that this one song would be respected to keep as-is. Nope. The arrangement, while cool, instantly reminded me of a version that could have been performed by The 5th Dimension; so much for trying to bring it current. "We Beseech Thee" starts off with the same riff as Billy Joel's "My Life". "By My Side" (one of my faves) not only had a key change from the original (likely to accommodate the vocalist), but just seemed to be a bit disjointed. "O Bless the Lord My Soul" had a nice vocal until she decided to over sing it. There are other tracks that are less spectacular which I won't mention.

Amidst all this, however, were some bright spots and one stellar track.
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I grew up on the soundtrack from the Motion Picture (Victor Garber as Jesus). I've seen the show many times over the years, and was bummed I never made it to NYC to see it on Broadway in 2011, from which this recording comes.

I did see the national tour (2013-2014), which has the same updated score as the 2011 Broadway production; the national tour is fantastic and it stayed with me long after I left the theater -- then I stumbled upon THIS version/recording online and ordered it, to reconnect with the music and feeling I had from the national tour production.

I was NOT disappointed. Certain songs like "God Save the People" and "Day by Day" are quite similar to the original motion picture soundtrack, but have different timing and beat. However - by far the biggest (AND BEST!) departure from the original is Beautiful City; this version is Jesus singing alone, and is extremely moving. The message it carries in this manner is remarkable. Additionally, the finale of this production is equally as moving as the original - but different, too.

If you are a die-hard Godspell fan from the 70's and have never seen a modernized version, this may sound slightly foreign to you (I imagine it's like being French and listening to a French Canadian speak) .. however if you have an open mind to embrace Godspell in modern times, and/or have seen a modern version; I highly recommend this album.

Stephen Schwartz is both the original composer, and composed the updated score - and I appreciate both his respect to the original, while carrying us forward in time.
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