The Biblical Musicals I Love

Yes, there are musicals that are based off of stories in the bible. I actually have fallen in love with two of them, and each of them were written by famous composers. I decided to talk about the two of them today. As a matter of fact, I ended up seeing both of them live at Central Piedmont Community College- seems to a kind of coincidence.

Godspell

I am going to start at Godspell, the 2nd Stephen Schwartz musical I fell in love with. Due to already falling in love with Wicked, I was convinced to give Godspell a chance. When I saw Godspell, I remember loving the costumes- from a hippie to a pink dress holding a white star and a guy with a black and red theme with a red mohawk. Little did I know I would see some of those actors again in future CPCC productions.

Ryan Deal, the Jesus, would eventually play Valjean and also would be in the Musical Revue, Some Enchanted Evening. One of the female ensemble members would be in the female ensemble of Les Mis and would eventually be Laurey in Oklahoma. The Judas would later play Will Parker in Oklahoma. I thought that was actually amazing that would happen- the fact I would see those three actors again.

Godspell has an incredible collection of fun and exciting songs. It feels like a modernized version of Jesus’ story- due to those fun costumes.

Favorite song: We Beseech Thee

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

I just recently saw Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Another well-done production and crazily enough I saw an actor from the past- in the children’s choir, my Young Cosette from CPCC’s production was in this choir (glad to see her again). Really talented narrator and Joseph. After all, Joseph really shined during “Close Every Door”- I was in tears during that number (yes, I knew the song was heartbreaking, but wasn’t expecting that reaction. Even loved the group of brothers. Loved the colorful and fun costumes and that was an amazing ending.

Joseph has an amazing mix of fun and emotional songs- the way you want a musical theatre soundtrack to me. Makes a show more believable and relatable. What made Joseph meaningful was that it was the first musical I saw in person after musicals closed when the pandemic began. Seeing musicals was something I strongly missed- going to them is one of my biggest escapes. Still have a hard believing this was Webber’s first musical- after all, he was only 17, and it is an incredible musical.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Review

Today was one of the best days ever! It has been a LONG time since I stepped foot into a theater to see a musical live. Being able to see one felt like forever- July 25th was when that chance finally came. So, it was a pretty exciting experience for me. Yes, it was at Central Piedmont Community College, but seeing a musical there is similar to seeing a musical professionally.

There seemed to be a coincidence seeing Joseph at CPCC- that was because the first time I remember seeing another musical at that community college was another biblical musical. That’s right- outside of Joseph, I also saw Godspell there.

My cast- wish I could bring up others, but will only bring up the narrator and Joseph. It will be too hard to bring up everyone

Narrator- Lindsey Schroeder

Joseph- Rixey Terry

About the narrator, she was incredible in her role. I loved her in every moment I saw her in. Even Joseph was incredible- he truly shined in “Close Every Door”, a moment I teared up in- coming into the show, I knew it was heartbreaking, but wasn’t expecting that reaction. The brothers together made up an incredible ensemble. I even loved seeing the child choir- one of which played my Young Cosette when I saw Les Mis here.

The costumes were incredible- so beautiful to look at. I even loved how the show ended- with the dancing and the confetti exploding at the end. A wonderful way to start musical theatre up again.