Godspell has been popping up, in broadway and touring revivals, in film, and on countless regional and community theatre venues ever since its first spectacular run on Broadway in the early ‘70s. Now it has made its way up to BIFF2019 as this year’s Sing-A-Long feature film. It will be screened Sat., Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Schubert’s Luxury 10 Cinema at 2799 Cranston Road in Beloit.
The BIFF Sing-A-Long, this year sponsored by the Janesville law firm of Brennan Steil SC, has become one of the most popular BIFF events, featuring films like Sound of Music, Grease and Frozen. Getting dressed up is an option enjoyed by many in the audience.
This year’s modern classic is an adaptation of the Broadway show, one of the early rock musicals on stage. The play was created by theatre students at Carnegie Mellon University and caught the eye of producers who moved it to an off Broadway setting in 1971. The film was made two years later. The songs were everywhere.
This modern song-and-dance recreation of the Gospel stories bases many of its songs on the words of hymns but not the way the hymn’s creators ever imagined. The big hit of the Show, Day by Day, made it into the top ten on the Billboard charts.
To add to the fun that evening, there will be pre-show activities led by entertainer and BIFF Artistic Director Greg Gerard with some local theatre groups. Included that evening will be prizes for the best 70s style dress up.
And everybody wins with free popcorn and soda, compliments of Luxury 10. Nominated for the top prize at Cannes, Godspell was directed by David Green. All of the cast members used their real first names except for those portraying Jesus and Judas. And with a G rating, it is a perfect experience for the whole family.
Have no fear, if you have forgotten some of the words to “Day by Day” or the many other songs, the words will be displayed at the bottom of the movie screen.
Tickets for the BIFF Sing-A-Long are $10 plus a purchase fee, and will go on sale online later in the month.
The Beloit International Film Festival this year marks its 14th season as the region’s major international cultural event. BIFF is sponsored by the Hendricks Group in association with Beloit College with additional support provided by Visit Beloit. Support for the Festival comes from area businesses and civic organizations, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Critical individual support for BIFF is provided through gifts and membership in the BIFF Founders and the Film Society of Beloit.
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