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a) I hope that still is not representative of the color.

b) I saw the film on its opening day in Westwood. It most certainly was NOT in stereo and as far as I know it never had such a track, and the imbd is a cesspool of misinformation.
 

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I, of course, have not yet received my pre-ordered copy of Godspell yet, but I can only hope that your assessment of it's video and audio is as incredibly WRONG as your thoughts on the Production. I have rarely read a review of a movie that had as many comments that were just flat-out untrue, and I can only surmise that you have some kind of deep-seeded resentment against the movie (perhaps you went to see it in the theater with a date who rejected your advancements during the "Day by Day" number).


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And, despite Mr. Crawford's assertion (and his deletion of my response to that assertion), there is no personal insult in what I wrote. Only someone with absolutely no sense of humor would perceive that an insult of any kind was made and, based on this and previous dealings with Crawford, I can only conclude that that is the case with him - not a personal insult, just a fact.
 
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I, of course, have not yet received my pre-ordered copy of Godspell yet, but I can only hope that your assessment of it's video and audio is as incredibly WRONG as your thoughts on the Production. I have rarely read a review of a movie that had as many comments that were just flat-out untrue, and I can only surmise that you have some kind of deep-seeded resentment against the movie (perhaps you went to see it in the theater with a date who rejected your advancements during the "Day by Day" number).
Stop with the personal insults! By the way, Todd was only eight years old when this movie was released so I seriously doubt he had a date at that time.
 

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I loved this film almost as much as the original play, which I saw at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and again when it transferred to the Ivar Theater in Hollywood with much of the original cast. Years later the production was remounted, again with most of the original cast at a Methodist church in Hollywood (I think). At the Taper the cast served wine from a jug at intermission.
 
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Any movie with the Twin Towers in it I love.
 

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I loved this film almost as much as the original play, which I saw at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and again when it transferred to the Ivar Theater in Hollywood with much of the original cast. Years later the production was remounted, again with most of the original cast at a Methodist church in Hollywood (I think). At the Taper the cast served wine from a jug at intermission.
I auditioned for the Taper production. Came close, didn't get it. But the casting director loved me and I got a play there just a short time later - doing the play there was one of the happiest experiences of my entire life. What a great theater. Here is the cast of the Taper production, a couple of whom are in the film version: Herb Braha, Bob Garrett, Peggy Gordon, David Haskell, Jeanne Lange-Haskell, Patti Mariano, Gilmer McCormick, Jeffrey Mylett, Stephen Nathan, Marley Sims.

Bob is still a friend I see fairly often, and Stephen was, of course, the original Jesus and four years after this went on to star in a little motion picture entertainment called The First Nudie Musical :)
 

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Bob Garrett and Marley Sims also co-wrote the original theme song to Gimme A Break! (the "I sure deserve it" version), whose cast is represented here by Lynne Thigpen, who played Nell's sister (after they changed the theme) and died in real life shortly after she did.
 

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When I was a kid I came home from school every day and played the entire off Broadway cast LP. I remember liking the movie a lot with an ending that was one of the most astounding I've ever seen. I thought the photography and color were very good considering how soft focus, muddy and washed out so many films of that period were. Like watching the abc movie of the week on a large theater screen.

Maybe I should just live with my happy memories of it.
 

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Certainly each of us is entitled to their opinion and point of view. I first saw the show off Broadway in its original run, and while I loved the music and performances, the staging left me cold. Also, I get a bit squeamish when the gospel is invoked in the context of entertainment. I much preferred the film, as to me it seemed more about capturing a certain magical quality that existed in New York City in the early 70's. Also, I thought it was beautifully photographed, especially the use of light, which was simultaneously limpid yet gritty (which is how the streets of New York looked back in those days. There was soot and debris everywhere, and yet the light, especially in the summer months, was sublime.) For me, this film documents a very specific time and place which I loved, so I was going to buy it immediately upon release, but Todd's iffy view on the visual aspects of the Blu-Ray gives me pause. So I guess I'll wait until someone else is the guinea pig, as the visual quality is everything for me where this particular movie is concerned. What about it Bruce? Do you have this on order? btw, loved your reminiscences about the Mark Taper. That was truly an amazing theater.
 
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i am most certainly buying this, we had to sing these songs at every mass in catholic school in the late '70's.

also so sad that the majority of this cast has passed away
 

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Victor Garber is still alive.
 

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i'll check again, but in the photo above everyone to the left of victor garber has passed away with the exception of the redhead.

don't mean to be a downer but they were such wonderful performers and TIME passes so quickly!
 

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i am most certainly buying this, we had to sing these songs at every mass in catholic school in the late '70's.

also so sad that the majority of this cast has passed away
According to IMDB, six of the cast are still with us, and five have passed (as well as the composer) - so not a majority.
 

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I auditioned for the Taper production. Came close, didn't get it. But the casting director loved me and I got a play there just a short time later - doing the play there was one of the happiest experiences of my entire life. What a great theater. Here is the cast of the Taper production, a couple of whom are in the film version: Herb Braha, Bob Garrett, Peggy Gordon, David Haskell, Jeanne Lange-Haskell, Patti Mariano, Gilmer McCormick, Jeffrey Mylett, Stephen Nathan, Marley Sims.

Bob is still a friend I see fairly often, and Stephen was, of course, the original Jesus and four years after this went on to star in a little motion picture entertainment called The First Nudie Musical :)

I am very glad to hear this. It is still my favorite theater to attend. Many memories. I was saddened by the passing of David Haskell years ago. He was a fine actor. I wonder what part you auditioned for. I had to show my ID at intermission for the wine by the way, on the stage with the stage lights on (probably at half?)
 

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Whoa - stop. The composer of Godspell is very much alive and with us - he wrote Wicked, you know. Furthermore, Robin Lamont and Victor Garber are very much alive and well. And yes, I'll be the guinea pig.
 
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I am very glad to hear this. It is still my favorite theater to attend. Many memories. I was saddened by the passing of David Haskell years ago. He was a fine actor. I wonder what part you auditioned for. I had to show my ID at intermission for the wine by the way, on the stage with the stage lights on (probably at half?)
I have no idea - a LONG time ago. I also auditioned for the role of Pippin there when they were doing their LA casting calls. In light of the revival, the most interesting thing about that audition was that the style of Pippin at that point was, wait for it, a circus. So, no, Ms. Paulus's circus idea wasn't so novel after all.
 
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