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June 4 | 7:30 pm$10
It’s gospel in the park. The early ’70s produced two stage productions based on the new testament, Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell. Of the two, Godspell diverges furthest from its source material, the Gospel of Matthew — a good fit for an outdoor performance from Matthews Playhouse. The actors portray non-biblical characters, and the plot is structured as a series of parables. With lyrics drawn from traditional hymns and an eclectic score drawing from show tunes, rock and pop, the show is arguably catchier than Jesus Christ Superstar. The song “Day by Day” reached #13 in the Billboard pop charts.