Jed Bernstein, Producing Director of Theatre Aspen, announced today that the iconic musical Godspell will join Ragtime and Our Town as the final offering in the 2018 summer season. Sara Brians joins Theatre Aspen for the first time as Godspell’s director and choreographer, and long-time Theatre Aspen actor Elise Kinnon (Full Monty, Cabaret, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray) will assist.
Godspell was written in 1971 with lyrics and music by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked composer) and a book by John-Michael Tebelak. Songs like “Day by Day” (which hit #13 on the Billboard pop singles chart in the summer of 1972) and David Greene’s 1973 film adaptation established Godspell as a pillar of the flower power era.
Inspired by parables taken from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, Godspell offers a fun, modern take on classic stories. A small cast portrays multiple roles and leads a celebration of peace, love, and happiness. Vaudeville mixed with pop, folk, and gospel music brings the stories to life for audiences of all ages.
Bernstein commented, “With its classic score, Godspell was one of the hallmarks of a wave of pop-rock musicals sweeping Broadway and Off-Broadway in that era. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the warmth, fun, and vibrancy of our Aspen community.”
All Theatre Aspen productions take place in the Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park. Passes and tickets to Ragtime, Our Town, and Godspell will be available for purchase in April 2018.
For the past 34 years, Theatre Aspen has been rekindling a sense of discovery in audiences who live in and visit the Roaring Fork Valley by producing big theatre in a small space with intimate storytelling. Tomorrow’s theatre artists and enthusiasts grow and learn in our year-round education programs, and we expand the American theatre canon by supporting the creation of new works. The 35th anniversary season promises even more ambitious and excellent theatre right in the heart of Aspen. To learn more about Theatre Aspen or register for school season educational programs, visit www.TheatreAspen.org.