March 15, 1998 |
With the exception of a few cryptic suggestions in its epilogue, "From East to West" is not what it claims to be. It is not, that is, in its primary content and intent, an investigation into how California has shaped American culture.
November 8, 1996 |
Power to the people and oy gevalt. "Godspell," the quintessential 1970s Bible musical, is back, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. It's back, and boy, is it dated. Stephen Schwartz wrote some big, open-hearted tunes to break up the Greatest Story Ever Told. Jesus comes to Earth to teach Bible parables, in this case, to nine urban dwellers (raising the question: Were three disciples let go?).
August 10, 1989 |
Some musicals fit college stages better than others. "Godspell," with its no-holds-barred attitude, is an accommodating vehicle for young, maybe raw performers looking for the chance to try things out. Stephen Schwartz's (music and lyrics) and John-Michael Tebelak's (book) retelling of the Gospel According to St. Matthew is carte blanche theater, a show where the 11th Commandment could be "Thou shalt not commit acts that are not outlandish."