The play Godspell is a two-act musical by John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz and based loosely on the Gospel of Matthew. It’s back on Broadway at the moment and also our students here at LST did a great job of an amateur production here in London.
I first saw it with in New York with my youthgroup when I was a teenager. When I saw it again a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but wonder how much it had influenced my reading of the gospels, from the smiling, story-telling, encouraging comic character of Jesus to his early (non-NTWright) mission statement song:
“When wilt thou save the people?
Oh God of mercy, when?
The people, Lord, the people —
not thrones, not crowns, but men.”