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John-Michael Tebelak

 
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Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2011]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1976]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1975]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1972]
Director
 
[West End, 1972]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1971]
Director
Director

Writing

Bookwriter
Conceiver

 

Stage

Productions

[Broadway, 2011]
Director

[Broadway, 1976]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1975]
Director

[Broadway, 1972]
Director

[West End, 1972]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1971]
Director

Director

Writing
Bookwriter
Conceiver

John-Michael Tebelak Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1971 - Most Promising Director Gold Star
John-Michael Tebelak, Godspell

John-Michael Tebelak News

Ya están a la venta las entradas de GODSPELL en el Soho de Málaga Photo Ya están a la venta las entradas de GODSPELL en el Soho de Málaga
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Jul 19, 2022

El musical de Stephen Schwartz que ha unido a Antonio Banderas y Emilio Aragón está previsto estrenarse este otoño en Málaga.

Review: Pittsburgh CLO Slightly Reinvents GODSPELL at Benedum Center Photo Review: Pittsburgh CLO Slightly Reinvents GODSPELL at Benedum Center
by Greg Kerestan - Jul 19, 2022

Pittsburgh's greatest musical theatre creation comes home, in a production that's something old, something new. If you're going to talk about musicals in Pittsburgh, let alone musicals FROM Pittsburgh, the story is ultimately going to revolve around Godspell. Created by bookwriter John-Michael Tebelak as his master's thesis at CMU circa the early 1970s, the musical quickly headed to Off-Broadway, with a brief Broadway run and a historic Toronto production that formed that roots of the seventies sketch comedy scene. Soon, there was a movie, and after that point, the little Jesus-clown musical from Pittsburgh was a worldwide sensation. Pippin, which shares composer Stephen Schwartz, had a similar Pittsburgh-to-Broadway trajectory, but a show as niche and nihilistic as Pippin will never be able to compete with the mix of loose hippie vibes, vaudeville throwbacks and old-time religion that give Godspell its heart.

Review: GODSPELL at Porthouse (Kent State University) Photo Review: GODSPELL at Porthouse (Kent State University)
by Roy Berko - Jul 18, 2022

What did our critic think of GODSPELL at Porthouse (Kent State University)? GODSPELL, which is now on stage at Porthouse Theatre, is based on 'The Gospel According to St. Matthew.' The musical tells the story of the last seven days of Christ's life. The parables have been contemporized, and Christ's followers are free spirits who sing the likes of 'Day by Day', 'All Good Gifts', and 'Turn Back, O Man.'

VIDEO: Get a First Look at Pittsburgh CLO's GODSPELL Photo VIDEO: Get a First Look at Pittsburgh CLO's GODSPELL
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 12, 2022

Pittsburgh CLO's Godspell will run Jul 12, 2022 - Jul 17, 2022 at the Benedum Center. Get a first look at the production here!

GODSPELL Opens At Music Mountain Theatre Photo GODSPELL Opens At Music Mountain Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - May 23, 2022

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, 'Day by Day,' Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including 'Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,' 'Learn Your Lessons Well,' 'All for the Best,' 'All Good Gifts,' 'Turn Back, O Man' and 'By My Side.' Boasting a score with chart topping songs, a book by a visionary playwright (John-Michael Tebelak) and a feature film, Godspell is a sensation that continues to touch audiences.

Theo Ubique Builds A Beautiful City With Inspired Take On The Classic GODSPELL Photo Theo Ubique Builds A Beautiful City With Inspired Take On The Classic GODSPELL
by A.A. Cristi - May 4, 2022

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre closes its 2021-2022 season with GODSPELL, the Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak beloved and timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and love, based on the Gospel of St. Matthew.

GODSPELL is Now Playing at Sutter Street Theatre Photo GODSPELL is Now Playing at Sutter Street Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Apr 6, 2022

A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage, dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life in this production.

Antonio Banderas' Teatro del Soho CaixaBank Will Stage GODSPELL Next Season Photo Antonio Banderas' Teatro del Soho CaixaBank Will Stage GODSPELL Next Season
by Elena DĂ­az-Guerra - Mar 28, 2022

Antonio Banderas and Emilio Aragón will come together for a revival of, GODSPELL, the acclaimed 1970 Broadway musical written by John Michael Tebelak, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.

GODSPELL Weaves Its Magic At The Roxy Regional Theatre, April 8 - April 23 Photo GODSPELL Weaves Its Magic At The Roxy Regional Theatre, April 8 - April 23
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 25, 2022

GODSPELL, the international hit musical loosely based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, opens at the Roxy Regional Theatre on Friday, April 8, at 8:00pm.  In keeping with the theatre's pay-what-you-can opening night tradition, all tickets not pre-sold at the regular price will go on sale at 7:30pm that evening for a $5 minimum donation.

GODSPELL Comes to Sutter Street Theatre Next Week Photo GODSPELL Comes to Sutter Street Theatre Next Week
by Stephi Wild - Mar 18, 2022

A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage, dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life in this production.

John-Michael Tebelak Videos

VIDEO: Celebrate 50 Years of GODSPELL with a Mega-Reunion on Backstage LIVE with Rich VideoVIDEO: Celebrate 50 Years of GODSPELL with a Mega-Reunion on Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - May 22, 2021

Prepare ye, for a Godspell mega-reunion! Fifty years ago, on May 17, 1971, a musical phenomenon opened off-Broadway. What began as a master's thesis project for Carnegie Mellon student John-Michael Tebelak, would go on to entertain the masses on Broadway and off, in Toronto, multiple national tours, on the big screen and of course, eventually at regional and amateur theatres all over the world.

Queens Shakespeare & What Dreams May Co. Proudly Present: GODSPELL VideoQueens Shakespeare & What Dreams May Co. Proudly Present: GODSPELL
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 11, 2018

After another critically acclaimed season in 2017 Queens Shakespeare, in partnership with What Dreams May Co., returns to the stage for presentations of Godspell (Book: John Michael Tebelak, Music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz) and Henry IV by William Shakespeare (parts I and II combined). Join us for a season of epic stories. First up, Godspell.

VIDEO: On This Day, November 7- Prepare Ye for the First Broadway Revival of GODSPELL VideoVIDEO: On This Day, November 7- Prepare Ye for the First Broadway Revival of GODSPELL
by Stage Tube - Nov 7, 2017

Today we celebrate the first Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz's Godspell, which opened on this day in 2011.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 11/7/15- GODSPELL
by Stage Tube - Nov 7, 2015

Today in 2011, Godspell opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it ran for 264 performances. Godspell is a musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak. It opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and revivals many times since.The structure of the musical is that of a series of parables, based on the Gospel of Matthew (though three of the parables featured are recorded only in the Gospel of Luke). These are then interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ treated briefly near the end of the performance.

From the BroadwayWorld Vaults: Relive the Magic of GODSPELL!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 9, 2015

In honor of Throwback Thursday, BroadwayWorld is celebrating the past with a new series that will take you back in time with some of our favorite vintage video features. That's right- we are opening up the BroadwayWorld Vaults to reminisce on shows are long gone from the Broadway-scene, but have left an indelible mark on the world of theatre as a whole. Today, we bring you a vintage video from 2011. Relive the magic of GODSPELL below!

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 11/7- GODSPELL
by Stage Tube - Nov 7, 2014

Today in 2011, Godspell opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it ran for 264 performances. Godspell is a musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak. It opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and revivals many times since.The structure of the musical is that of a series of parables, based on the Gospel of Matthew (though three of the parables featured are recorded only in the Gospel of Luke). These are then interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ treated briefly near the end of the performance.

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from GODSPELL at The Marriott Theatre, Opening Tonight!
by Stage Tube - Jun 11, 2014

The Marriott Theatre presents the Chicagoland premiere of the Broadway Revival of GODSPELL, opening tonight, June 11 and running through August 10 at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL. GODSPELL was originally conceived and directed by John-Michael Tebelak, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, composer of Wickedand Pippin. Director and Choreographer Matt Raftery delivers a fresh, organic, intimate production, literally 'illustrating' the parables of the New Testament and bringing its lessons to life on the Marriott stage. The brilliant recent Broadway arrangements and orchestrations will be delivered under the Musical Direction of Ryan T. Nelson. Watch highlights from the production below!

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 11/7- GODSPELL
by Stage Tube - Nov 7, 2013

Today in 2011, Godspell opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it ran for 264 performances. Godspell is a musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak. It opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and revivals many times since.The structure of the musical is that of a series of parables, based on the Gospel of Matthew (though three of the parables featured are recorded only in the Gospel of Luke). These are then interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ treated briefly near the end of the performance.

BWW TV: First Look at Liam Quealy, Jim DeSelm and More in Theatre at the Center's GODSPELL
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 18, 2013

Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, continues their 2013-2014 season with a revival of one of Broadway's most popular rock musicals, GODSPELL. The groundbreaking production based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew runs Thursday, September 12 through October 20. Featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), and an energetic book by original director John-Michael Tebelak, GODSPELL is the upbeat retelling of a series of biblical parables. The production will be directed and choreographed by Stacey Flaster. BroadwayWorld has a first look at highlights of the show below!

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 11/7- GODSPELL
by Stage Tube - Nov 7, 2012

Today in 2011, Godspell opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it ran for 264 performances. Godspell is a musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak. It opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and revivals many times since.The structure of the musical is that of a series of parables, based on the Gospel of Matthew (though three of the parables featured are recorded only in the Gospel of Luke). These are then interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ treated briefly near the end of the performance.


John-Michael Tebelak Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has John-Michael Tebelak written?
John-Michael Tebelak has written 1 shows including Godspell (Bookwriter).

What awards has John-Michael Tebelak been nominated for?
Most Promising Director (Drama Desk Awards) for Godspell .

What awards has John-Michael Tebelak won?
Most Promising Director (Drama Desk Awards) for Godspell.