Godspell

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August 11, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

O.J. jokes. The Green Mile references. ”Wassuuppp!” This is not your hippie big sister’s Godspell. Instead, director Shawn Rozsa’s retooling of the 1971 rock musical plays like the Gospel of Luke meets Forbidden Broadway. A terrific, high-energy cast led by Barrett Foa as Jesus (he’s been in Gap ads and he looks it, but don’t hold that against him) mines the parables for revue-style humor, the band reinterprets ”Save the People” as an R.E.M.-ish tune, and even the crucifixion finale retains a certain kitschy nobility. A surprisingly good time for believers and ye of little faith alike. B+

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