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Godspell Tour?

csmithmusictheater
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Godspell Tour? #26
Posted: 11/4/13 at 10:41am
Hey musical3 - When you saw the show recently, did you notice if they had 2 keyboards? To get the best pit players I always hire early, and so it was a bit of a shock when the Key2 book was 80% guitar and just a few keyboard licks, mostly organ. I found out that the 2012 Broadway production had someone that doubled on both guitar and keys. I ended up having to rehire that position and was lucky enough to find someone with that unique doubling skill set. Was wondering if for the tour they somehow condensed that part into the Key1 and other 2 guitar books.

Don't want to get into an argument, but I don't see a problem with investors trying to recoup their investments. The 1971 score was old and tired and this gave Schwartz a chance to rework the music. The revival is scheduled for a local professional theater in January, and I'm pretty sure the only reason they considered it was due to the improved score.
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Godspell Tour? #27
Posted: 11/4/13 at 10:44am
It's been improved (better, in my opinion) twice. Just my opinion.
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Godspell Tour? #28
Posted: 11/4/13 at 11:02am
Hi Csmith. I more than noticed. I stood there at his keyboard as he was packing up. It wasn't like you were describing. No one "doubled but one could tell are were better at one and not the other." The band was sensible, fantastic, precise, and they rocked. The keyboard was a two synthesizers, high-end ones. The player is a jazz artist on a high level. He also sang! And the #1 guitarist who seems to be the band leader can dance and does, center stage. Back to the keyboard, he was tremendous at pop music and groove. So good, it would be worth the ticket to just see and hear him, or any one of several other cast members. I'll call him the pianist and he was infinitely enjoyable. We paid maybe $70 a ticket and sat 3rd row/ When it was over I mosied on stage and chatted with the musicians probably only because I was all in black (my own gig clothes) and have played on that stage. I felt confidant enough to say hi right there. The heart-warming pianist (or piano via a nice synthesizer) was John Yun. I'd say he was one of a sparkling cast. At one point a cast member lept off the top of the piano prop, through the air, and over top of the rest. Ya man, and they do this while singing complex arrangements. It was at once hilarious and impeccably executed. They even whomped into Gangnam style at one point!
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Godspell Tour? #29
Posted: 11/29/13 at 7:31pm
First national tour and they're playing today at a high school cafetorium. No commentary necessary.
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Godspell Tour? #30
Posted: 11/29/13 at 7:50pm
no one who invested in the broadway revival is seeing a cent from this tour.
csmithmusictheater
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Godspell Tour? #31
Posted: 11/29/13 at 9:53pm
Unfortunately, tours tend to book the bigger venues first, then often stick in some horrible one nighters wherever there's an opening in the schedule. The rest of their tour has some week long residencies in some nice places. Who knows what will show up in the gaps. Here's a review on this site from 11/27.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/national-tours/article/BWW-Reviews-National-Tour-of-GODSPELL-Packed-with-Energy-20131127
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Godspell Tour? #32
Posted: 11/29/13 at 11:34pm
It's not a first national tour. It has absolutely zero connection to the recent revival.

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