The Times West Virginian

January 23, 2014

‘Godspell’ brings gospel story to CAC

By Kristen Talerico
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The West Virginia University Creative Arts Center will bring the musical “Godspell” to Morgantown this weekend for a night of entertainment.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Godspell” opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in different companies since that date.

Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy- and Academy Award-winning composer of “Wicked,” brings the story of friendship, loyalty and love that has touched the souls of viewers for years.

According to a release from the WVU CAC, this production of “Godspell” is a brand-new, heart-felt performance that features Tony-nominated popular hits "Day By Day," "Light of the World” and "Turn Back, O Man."

“Godspell” started as a college project performed by students at Carnegie Mellon University and moved to La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in Greenwich Village. It was then redone for a production off Broadway, which became what was considered a huge success in the world of theater.

The musical is that of a series of parables, mostly based on the Gospel of Matthew with three of the featured parables recorded only in the Gospel of Luke. The parables are intertwined with a variety of modern music set mostly to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ briefly represented near the end of the performance.

The audience at Saturday’s performance can join in as an ensemble of young stars moves their soul and gets them on their feet.

Nationally touring productions of the show have used the same quality seen on Broadway that the productions in the WVU University Arts Series use. In fact, some shows use the same sets and costumes from the Broadway production.

The content of Saturday’s performance will be suitable for all ages and families, according to the press release from WVU.

West Virginia University students may purchase a ticket for $28 with a valid student ID. General admission prices for the public range from $44 to $60. Tickets may be purchased at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center Box Offices from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Giant Eagle on Greenbag Road in Morgantown and Walmart on Emily Drive in Clarksburg also have tickets available.

Tickets can also be ordered by calling 800-745-3000 or 304-293-SHOW.

Email Kristen Talerico at ktalerico@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @KTalericoTWV.