Godspell Song Direction
Godspell tells the story of Jesus' ministry to and teaching of His disciples and is largely based around parables from the book of Matthew. Other than Jesus, all actors play disciples, who are represented by characters with modern names in order to show the eternal and still-present significance of Jesus in today's life.
As a pop-influenced musical, Godspell provides lots of opportunities to loosely play with the melody of each song, so, for auditions, feel free to play with the melodies as desired or as needed.
All For the Best: This wordy, soft-shoe song segues from Jesus' teachings on the beatitudes - "Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake for theirs in the kingdom of Heaven!" - however, in this cut, we see that Judas has a more cynical philosophy and material possessions than Jesus does. Clear diction and visualization of the things Judas sings about are the key.
All Good Gifts: In this lyrical ballad, Telly, a disciple, commits himself to following Jesus. Through his words, Telly encourages the others to dedicate their lives to Jesus' teachings as well.
We Beseech Thee: After hearing the parable of the sheep and the goats, Nick, a disciple, leads the disciples in beseeching (pleading for something urgently and fervently) Jesus for forgiveness, healing, and freedom in this fun, upbeat song. This song provides fun opportunities to riff and play with the melody, if desired.
Day by Day: Anna Maria becomes the first to declare her loyalty to Jesus in this vow-like song. Because there aren't many words in this song, great meaning and understanding must be placed behind everything Anna Maria says.
Learn Your Lessons Well: In this upbeat song, Celisse matter-of-factly explains to the other disciples and the audience the importance of meditating on Jesus' teachings, for "you never know when you're gonna need 'em." Clear diction and a strong desire for others to hear this important lesson drive this song.
Bless the Lord: Through this song, Lindsay celebrates Jesus' mercies, grace, and many other wonderful qualities. This is a song of joy and praise and should be portrayed with unabashed enthusiasm and a big smile. This song provides fun opportunities to riff and play with the melody, if desired, especially in the second half of the cut.