Godspell the Revival™ exploded onto the Toms River East High School stage May 13-16! The Eastside Theater Company was thrilled to create an exciting new production of this incredible and heartwarming musical.
Toms River East’s production of Godspell the Revival was slightly different that other productions of the musical. The original Godspell musical by Stephen Schwartz is based upon the gospel according to St. Matthew. Originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak the first production opened off Broadway in 1971 and was revived several times including the well-known Godspell the Revival in 2012. Led by the international hit, “Day By Day,” Godspell features a parade of beloved songs including “Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All For The Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man”, “By My Side”, and “Beautiful City.”
High School East's version featured the lessons of St. Matthew’s gospel through the eyes of children learning how to be good human beings and how to treat all others with respect regardless of differences. Acceptance for all was a prominent message in this interpretation. In addition, this version included contemporary references and updates. The show was performed through the style of improvisation, so the show was different every night!
The positive message and overall style of the play, however, remained the same, professional, feel good, family entertainment that The Eastside Theater Company is known for. The show was performed live each night and was available for live streaming.