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The Godspell Experience is the only book-length account of Godspell’s colorful development story. It also provides details about each song and much more. This is a must-read for fans, actors, and directors. For The Godspell Experience ordering information see this site Home Page.
The Stephen Schwartz biography, Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked, includes Godspell in context of the composer’s career. The book is a fascinating read for anyone interested in how musicals are made. See details on www.DefyingGravityTheBook.com
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Godspell Cast Albums and Soundtrack
1. Godspell 40th Anniversary
2. Godspell New Broadway Cast album – For the Broadway Revival 2011-2012
Buy the cast album CD Godspell New Broadway Cast Album CD Includes all the Godspell songs Plus two BONUS tracks: “Beautiful City” sung by John Ondrasik and Five For Fighting; “Learn Your Lessons Well” – special version (After Hours) sung by Telly Leung, Lindsay Mendez, and Wallace Smith
3. Godspell – 2000 Cast Recording.
This CD includes more of the script passages than other albums (e.g. dialogue in the middle of songs). It also includes the prologue. It features updated orchestrations by the show’s music director, Dan Schachner. Buy or hear clips from Godspell 2000 Cast Album .
DRG, 2001. Buy CD or MP3s or hear clips from Godspell – 2001 National Touring Cast. Beneath the bright yellow cover on this CD is an album that features sprightly orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, who drew inspiration from popular music songwriters he admired. For example, the style of the Dave Matthews Band gave Lacamoire ideas for his version of “Beautiful City,” while the piano-rock style of Tori Amos inspired “By My Side.” Includes: Prologue, Beautiful City, and all other Godspell songs.
5. Godspell London Studio Cast
[1993 London Studio Cast], Jay (UK), 1997, arranged and conducted by Stephen Schwartz. Available from Amazon.com and other sources. Buy Godspell (1993 London Studio Cast) . Includes: Prologue, Beautiful City, and all other Godspell songs.
6. Original Cast Recording from 1971
BUY the CD Buy Godspell original cast album Original Cast Recording. Includes original hit song “Day by Day” sung by Robin Lamont. Sung by the original cast members David Haskell, Peggy Gordon, Robin Lamont, Gilmer McCormick, Sonia Manzano, Jeffrey Mylett, Stephen Nathan, Herbie Braha, Joanne Jonas, and Lamar Alford. SONGS: Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord, Save the People, Day by Day, Learn Your Lessons Well, Bless the Lord, All for the Best, All Good Gifts, Light of the World, Turn Back O Man, Alas for You, By My Side, We Beseech Thee, On the Willows, Finale, Day by Day (Reprise)
7. Godspell Soundtrack
Godspell Movie Soundtrack, Bmg/Arista; 1973. Available from Amazon.com and other sources. Buy Godspell: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [new browser window]. This recording features the original “Beautiful City” and an all around comfortable cheery sound. Sung by Victor Garber, Lynne Thigpen, and others including many original cast members. Includes: Prepare Ye (The Way Of The Lord), Save The People, Day By Day, Turn Back O Man, Bless The Lord, All For The Best, All Good Gifts, Light Of The World, Alas For You, By My Side, Beautiful City, On The Willows, Finale tracks!
Sing The Broadway Musical Godspell (2-Disc Karaoke CDG) Practice with Godspell Karaoke – background music for performers. Here is the company’s blurb about it: Our accompaniment/karaoke CD of songs from Godspell features 32 tracks. Tracks 1-16 contain the background tracks and guide vocals; tracks 17-32 contain the accompaniment tracks alone. This album is a re-recording in the original show key and show tempo. The album plays in any CD player. In a karaoke machine, lyrics will appear on-screen. A lyric booklet is included.
A Great Source for Printed Godspell sheet music: Sheet Music Plus: One of the most comprehensive sources of printed sheet music for Godspell is here: Godspell music at Sheet Music Plus. In addition to piano/vocal music they have choral arrangements as well.
- NEW VERSION: “Beautiful City” – Get “Beautiful City” Broadway Revival version as sung by Hunter Parrish
- “Day by Day” Download “Day by Day” or earlier version of “Beautiful City” or lead sheet for “Learn Your Lessons Well”
If you want to enchant an audience with magic, read about Magic in Godspell. This blog post includes a video of “All for the Best” with a magic trick demonstration.