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YMMV: Godspell

In general

  • Awesome Music: There are arguments to be made for, depending on the production/performers, "Alas for You", "Save the People", and "Day By Day", but the one song everyone agrees is amazing is the "Crucifixion/Long Live God" finale.
    • What, no love for "Bless The Lord" or "We Beseech Thee"?
  • Ear Worm: Most of the songs are immensely singable, but the crown has to go to:
    "Day by day, day by day/Oh, dear Lord, three things I pray/To see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly/Follow thee more nearly day by day..."
    • I'd beg to differ:
      "Some men are born to live at ease/Doing what they please/Richer than the bees are in honey"...
      • Not to mention
        "We can build a beautiful city/Yes we can..."
  • Genius Bonus: For those not in the know, the song "Day by Day" is based on a prayer spoken by St. Richard of Chichester:
    Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
    For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
    For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
    O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
    May I know Thee more clearly,
    Love Thee more dearly,
    Follow Thee more nearly.
  • Older Than They Think: Many of the lyrics that aren't from The Bible are from old hymns and prayerbooks.

For the film

  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Jeffrey Mylett (Plays the recorder, wears the derby hat) has a surprisingly sizable fanbase. Unfortunately, he died of AIDS in 1986.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The movie features a lot of dancing in front of and on top of the World Trade Center.
    • In his first column after 9/11 sex columnist Dan Savage said:
    All I can think about is the cast of Godspell on top of the World Trade Center and singing "All for the Best"!
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Victor Garber is immensely recognizable nowadays from Alias, Titanic, and Argo.
    • Of all the cast, Lynne Thigpen - in her film debut - has had the most success, earning several awards.
    • Sonia Manzano of the original Broadway production went on to a little show called Sesame Street.

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