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By J. Wynn Rousuck | July 4, 1999
The spirit of Independence Day continues later this week when Towson University's Maryland Arts Festival presents a musical based on a highly American theme -- the immigrant experience.With a book by Joseph Stein ("Fiddler on the Roof") and a score by Charles Strouse ("Annie") and Stephen Schwartz ("Godspell"), "Rags: Children of the Wind" sounded promising when it opened on Broadway in 1986. And indeed, the score is absolutely lush.But the Broadway production suffered from various problems, including a confusing plot, and the show closed after only four performances.
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By Mary Johnson and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
After winning five Washington Area Theatre Community Honors awards and a Ruby Griffith Award for production excellence last season, the 2nd Star theater troupe is opening its 20th season with a production of Stephen Schwartz's biblical musical "Children of Eden. " Although its January 1991 London premiere received mixed reviews and closed after three months, "Children of Eden," with book and libretto by John Caird, has become such a popular offering in community theater circles that its initial struggles are a faded memory.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 25, 2005
Next Saturday, Pasadena Theatre Company brings back Godspell, a show that became its most successful ever when it last ran in 2000. John Michael Tebelak's Godspell, with music by Stephen Schwartz, opened in New York in 1971. The musical was conceived on Easter Sunday 1970, when long-haired Tebelak, a Carnegie Mellon University student, was returning from what he described as a dull Easter sunrise service and was stopped by a police officer and searched for drugs. The experience was the inspiration for Godspell, which Tebelak produced at Carnegie with a score consisting mostly of old Episcopal hymns played by a rock band.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Pasadena Theatre Company has an enduring affection for the 1971 musical "Godspell" that ensures the company returns to the show every few years. The latest incarnation, set to open Aug. 15 for a two-weekend, six-show run at Anne Arundel Community College's Humanities Recital Hall, will delight returning fans as well as those experiencing the show for the first time. This is the troupe's fifth production of "Godspell," a show that's not only an audience favorite, but is embraced by the crew and cast for its variety, from humor to reverent interpretation.
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March 25, 2004
Bible story Children of Eden, a biblical musical that starts with Adam and Eve and ends with the Flood, begins performances at Ford's Theatre in Washington tonight. With a score by Stephen Schwartz -- composer of Godspell and, more recently, Wicked -- Children of Eden was initially composed as an oratorio. It became a full-scale musical with the aid of librettist John Caird, best known as the director of Les Miserables and Nicholas Nickleby. The show met with lukewarm reviews when it debuted in London in 1991, but Schwartz and Caird reworked it, and the result has been produced extensively, though never on Broadway.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2012
She emerged from the womb "like a froggy, ferny cabbage. " Some folks never did get over the shock of seeing the artichoke-colored baby, who grew up to be a fearsome threat to a girl from Kansas ... and her little dog, too. That green-skinned character known for generations only as the Wicked Witch of the West, thanks to the indelible 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz," turns out to have a name - Elphaba - and an eventful back story. How this witch ended up so witch-y is the subject of the multiple Tony Award-winning musical "Wicked," which "takes one of the iconic villains of our culture and turns it on its ear," said Marc Platt, the show's Pikesville-born producer.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2011
Although no longer revolutionary, Stephen Schwartz's dark 1972 episodic musical "Pippin" continues to surprise and intrigue. In a production by 2nd Star in Bowie, the spirit of the show's director/choreographer Bob Fosse again seduces us, the dancers' sharp moves synchronized to Schwartz's catchy folk-pop-rock score. "Pippin" is the story of a naïve young prince's search for meaning and fulfillment in life. Pippin's racy grandmother encourages him to savor a series of fleshly encounters, and the amoral Leading Player guides him to battlefield competitions, sensual pleasures and, ultimately, patricide — as Pippin briefly becomes king by killing his father, Charlemagne.
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By Mary Johnson and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
After winning five Washington Area Theatre Community Honors awards and a Ruby Griffith Award for production excellence last season, the 2nd Star theater troupe is opening its 20th season with a production of Stephen Schwartz's biblical musical "Children of Eden. " Although its January 1991 London premiere received mixed reviews and closed after three months, "Children of Eden," with book and libretto by John Caird, has become such a popular offering in community theater circles that its initial struggles are a faded memory.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Pasadena Theatre Company has an enduring affection for the 1971 musical "Godspell" that ensures the company returns to the show every few years. The latest incarnation, set to open Aug. 15 for a two-weekend, six-show run at Anne Arundel Community College's Humanities Recital Hall, will delight returning fans as well as those experiencing the show for the first time. This is the troupe's fifth production of "Godspell," a show that's not only an audience favorite, but is embraced by the crew and cast for its variety, from humor to reverent interpretation.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | March 4, 2007
FOR MEL BROOKS, IT WAS ANYTHING Goes. For director Robert Longbottom it was No, No Nanette. For songwriter Stephen Schwartz it was the short-lived Shinbone Alley. And for me, it was Carnival. For many children, musicals aren't merely entertainment, they're the embodiment of a yearning that can last -- and shape -- a lifetime. Even now, these theater artists get a wistful tone in their voices when they recall those early, eye-popping experiences. CARNIVAL / / Through March 11 / / Kennedy Center / / 800-444-1324 or kennedy-center.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2012
She emerged from the womb "like a froggy, ferny cabbage. " Some folks never did get over the shock of seeing the artichoke-colored baby, who grew up to be a fearsome threat to a girl from Kansas ... and her little dog, too. That green-skinned character known for generations only as the Wicked Witch of the West, thanks to the indelible 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz," turns out to have a name - Elphaba - and an eventful back story. How this witch ended up so witch-y is the subject of the multiple Tony Award-winning musical "Wicked," which "takes one of the iconic villains of our culture and turns it on its ear," said Marc Platt, the show's Pikesville-born producer.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2011
Although no longer revolutionary, Stephen Schwartz's dark 1972 episodic musical "Pippin" continues to surprise and intrigue. In a production by 2nd Star in Bowie, the spirit of the show's director/choreographer Bob Fosse again seduces us, the dancers' sharp moves synchronized to Schwartz's catchy folk-pop-rock score. "Pippin" is the story of a naïve young prince's search for meaning and fulfillment in life. Pippin's racy grandmother encourages him to savor a series of fleshly encounters, and the amoral Leading Player guides him to battlefield competitions, sensual pleasures and, ultimately, patricide — as Pippin briefly becomes king by killing his father, Charlemagne.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 25, 2005
Next Saturday, Pasadena Theatre Company brings back Godspell, a show that became its most successful ever when it last ran in 2000. John Michael Tebelak's Godspell, with music by Stephen Schwartz, opened in New York in 1971. The musical was conceived on Easter Sunday 1970, when long-haired Tebelak, a Carnegie Mellon University student, was returning from what he described as a dull Easter sunrise service and was stopped by a police officer and searched for drugs. The experience was the inspiration for Godspell, which Tebelak produced at Carnegie with a score consisting mostly of old Episcopal hymns played by a rock band.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2004
Bible story Children of Eden, a biblical musical that starts with Adam and Eve and ends with the Flood, begins performances at Ford's Theatre in Washington tonight. With a score by Stephen Schwartz -- composer of Godspell and, more recently, Wicked -- Children of Eden was initially composed as an oratorio. It became a full-scale musical with the aid of librettist John Caird, best known as the director of Les Miserables and Nicholas Nickleby. The show met with lukewarm reviews when it debuted in London in 1991, but Schwartz and Caird reworked it, and the result has been produced extensively, though never on Broadway.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck | July 4, 1999
The spirit of Independence Day continues later this week when Towson University's Maryland Arts Festival presents a musical based on a highly American theme -- the immigrant experience.With a book by Joseph Stein ("Fiddler on the Roof") and a score by Charles Strouse ("Annie") and Stephen Schwartz ("Godspell"), "Rags: Children of the Wind" sounded promising when it opened on Broadway in 1986. And indeed, the score is absolutely lush.But the Broadway production suffered from various problems, including a confusing plot, and the show closed after only four performances.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | June 24, 1999
The Maryland Arts Festival at Towson University continues with tomorrow's opening of "Godspell," directed by Todd Pearthree.A retelling of the Gospel According to St. Matthew, the 1971 musical has a book by John-Michael Tebelak and a score by Stephen Schwartz. Sean Patrick Kennedy will portray Jesus in Pearthree's production, which the director has re-conceived with a 1990s flavor."Godspell" will be presented in the Mainstage Theatre in Towson University's Center for the Arts, Osler and Cross Campus drives.
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