‘Godspell’ Onstage at Pittsburgh CLO (Wed., 7/13/22)

GODSPELL (musical) by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak. Pittsburgh CLO. July 12 – 17.  

Heading to church one Sunday morning in the 1960s, Carnegie Mellon student John-Michael Tebelak, dressed in overalls and wearing his hair long, was stopped by a police officer and searched for drugs. None were found, but the occurrence inspired him to finish his master’s thesis, Godspell. Stephen Schwartz, a CMU graduate who was working in New York City as a composer and lyricist, contributed the songs and music. Their musical is primarily based on the Gospel of Matthew. Schwartz was nominated for a Best Original Score Tony Award in 1977 for Godspell. “Day by Day”, from the original cast album, became a hit, reaching No. 13 on the Billboard pop singles chart in 1972. Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Cultural District. (R.H.)