'Godspell' at Quincy Music Theatre

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Quincy Music Theatre brings the updated 2001 version of “Godspell” to area audiences as its last production of this season. Modernized, vibrant and enchanting, the show has a rock opera score based on the gospels of Matthew and Luke. It opens this Friday evening for two weekends, April 20-22 and April 27-29.

“I have chosen to expand the cast and modernize the show,” explains “Godspell” director Naomi Rose-Mock. “Each cast member is a modern stereotype, and the set is a minimalist urban wasteland. I felt that expanding the cast to 22 was acceptable to the message of building a community of unlike people who unite under the leadership of Jesus.”

This approach to the production allowed Rose-Mock to give the actors greater freedom. “Since the script is so heavily improvisational, we have been able to give each cast member equal stage time and equally important character arcs,” she notes.

“Godspell” began as a master's thesis before opening on the Great White Way with its magical musical score. Its timeless lessons are told in parables. Jesus prepares each of the characters for their life’s journey. “Godspell” also celebrates the lighter side of human existence. Adapted by Grammy and Oscar award-winning writer Stephen Schwartz, who also penned "Pippin" and "Wicked,” its music includes one of the loveliest songs ever, "Day by Day," as well as the gospel-inspired “O Bless the Lord,” and the pop-rock “We Beseech Thee.”

Among the talented QMT cast are Kasey Sanchez—who recently starred in QMT’s “Once Upon a Mattress”—as Jesus, and Adam Russell as Judas.

For tickets, please visit www.qmt.org or call 875-9444 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Evening shows are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and matinees are at 2:30 p.m. on the second Saturday and both Sundays. Show dates are April 20-22 and April 27-29. Tickets are $17 for adults and $14 for seniors/students/military. Please book early!