Musical. Book by Tom Key and Russell Treyz. Music and lyrics by Harry Chapin.
Cast: large and variable with male and female roles to suit your group, or by doubling with as few as 5. This "Greatest Story Ever Retold" is based on the book The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John by Clarence Jordan in which the Gospel is presented in a setting of rural Georgia with country music songs, the final and perhaps best work of Harry Chapin. As this Gospel begins, they sing that "Somethin's a-brewin' in Gainesville." Herod is the mayor of Atlanta and, inevitably, Christ is lynched by local thugs only to rise again. Drama critics loved this show and so did a broad spectrum of religious commentators. One ext. set. Approximate running time 1 hour, 45 minutes.
A cassette from the New York production