Inside the Book

On this page: Link to Sample Chapter, Table of Contents, List of People Interviewed for the Book

PDF File –  The Godspell Experience – Sample Chapter 8: An off-Broadway Collaboration

Contents of The Godspell Experience

Foreword by Stephen Schwartz

PART I THE MAKING OF GODSPELL

1. The Lights Go Up
2. Tebelak and Schwartz: Theatrical Childhoods
3. An Eclectic Talent Gathering at CMU in the 1960s
4. The Turning Point: 1968
5. The College Godspell
6. Experiments in New York City
7. Enter Lansbury, Beruh, and Schwartz
8. An Off-Broadway Collaboration
9. Mishaps, Miracles, and a Completed New Musical
10. Long Live Godspell

PART II UNDERSTANDING GODSPELL: CONCEPTS AND COLORFUL DETAILS

11.  Why Send in the Clown Characters?
12. What Holds Godspell Together?
13.  The John/Judas Relationship Arc with Jesus
14. Symbol Wars, or Is Makeup a Message?
15.  Q & A: Is Godspell’s Comic Tone Spiritually Appropriate? And Other Concerns

PART III GODSPELL‘S SCORE SONG BY SONG
16. Notes on the Score, Recordings, and Lyrics
17.  Godspell’s “Prologue” and the War of Words
18. Prepare Ye: Solving the Problem of the One-Line Lyric
19. “Save the People” – Is This What Jesus Wants?
20. The “Day by Day” Sing-Along
21. “Learn Your Lessons Well” – a Flexible Song
22. Bless the Lord My Burst of Energy
23. “All for the Best” – the Friendship Duet
24. “All Good Gifts” – Godspell’s Thanksgiving
25. “Light of the World” – Rhymes for Matthew 5:13-16
26. “Turn Back O Man” – an Invitation to Act II
27. “Alas for You” – Song of Frustration
28. “By My Side” – Songwriters and the Pebble “Dare”
29. “We Beseech Thee” – Come Sing about Love
30. “On The Willows” – The Ballad of Psalm 137
31. “Finale” – Long Live God Counterpoint
32. “Beautiful City” – The Lasting Tribute

PART IV: A GODSPELL GRAB BAG
33: Godspell Worldwide: The Stories Continue
34: The Godspell Commune Company
35: The Godspell Movie
36: The 2011 Broadway Revival
EPILOGUE: Reflections on Godspell as a Transformative Musical

APPENDICES

Appendix A: Dramatics Magazine 1975 interview with Schwartz and Tebelak
Appendix B: Credits for Productions
Appendix C: Where Are They Now?
Appendix D: The Godspell Costume Story

Chapter Notes
Bibliography and Resources for Further Information
Acknowledgments
Lyrics Credits
Photo Credits
Index of Photographs and Illustrations
Index

People Interviewed for this Godspell Book

The Godspell Experience is based primarily on the author’s original research in the form of unpublished interviews with more than 50 people. The interview list includes:

  • Original cast members Herb Braha, Peggy Gordon, Joanne Jonas, Robin Lamont, Sonia Manzano, Gilmer McCormick, Stephen Nathan, and the original stage manager, Nina Faso.
  • Movie cast members (in addition to Jonas, Lamont, and McCormick) Katie Hanley and Jerry Sroka, as well as Lynne Thigpen before she passed away.
  • Carnegie Mellon University cast members Bob Ari (formerly Robert Miller), Mary Maziotti, and Andy Rohrer
  • Stephen Schwartz and Trudy Tebelak Williams (John-Michael Tebelak’s sister)
  • Additional cast members from later productions, friends, and others connected with the show: Colette Bablon, Mary Rose Betten, Ken Davenport, Bob Garrett, Daniel Goldstein, Gary Gunas, Jay Hamburger, Prudence Holmes, Heather Hutchison, Leon Katz, Rex Knowles, Paul Kreppel, Jeanne Lange, Sherry Landrom, Edgar Lansbury, David Lewis, Andrew Martin, Carla Meyer, Nan Pearlman, Reet Peel, Tom Peters, Bill Phillips, Dean Pitchford, George Salazar, Don Scardino, Sheila Schwartz, Elliott Scheiner, Paul Shaffer, Rick Shutter, Wallace Smith, David Spangler, Howard Sponseller, Jerry Sroka, Bill Thomas, Susan Tsu, and Valerie Williams