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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Godspell at CPCC

Posted By on Sat, Sep 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Any generation wishing to leave a mark ought to reinvent God at least once, don't you think? Well, in 1971, it happened twice, once on Broadway and once off-Broadway, with two titans of the musical theater world. Before Andrew Lloyd Webber's loud and outsized Jesus Christ Superstar hit Broadway with full rock-opera force, a simpler, cuddlier Christ nestled into Greenwich Village wearing a clown's face and a Superman tee.

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Stephen Schwartz's Godspell came across without the thunder or glitz of Webber's work, but judging by the number of revivals we've seen in Charlotte, it's the work that's been more lasting and budget-friendly. CPCC Theatre, the one local company to attempt Superstar, now evens the score and becomes the ninth Charlotte company to offer Godspell, running through Oct. 7 at Pease Auditorium. Along with its famed commedia style, there are notable songs — including "Day by Day" and "Light of the World" — that have done their job in attracting a strong ensemble that includes Ryan Deal, Ericka Ross, Steven James and Jimmy Chrismon.

$10-$16. Sept. 29, 8 p.m., Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 5-6, 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 7, 2:30 p.m. Piedmont Community College's Pease Auditorium, 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534. http://arts.cpcc.edu.

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