Thursday, April 26, 2012

Broadway Wants to Save Your Soul This Year

On their second studio album The Odd Couple, duo Gnarls Barkley sings Who's Gonna Save My Soul. This year, it looks like Broadway is going to do so. Whether it is the Pope, Jesus Christ himself or a self proclaimed prophet, there is something for everyone looking for a little soul searching or musical uplifting this year on Broadway. 

Looking back, I guess those two young Mormon missionaries kicked things off when they are sent to spread The Book of Mormon [Trey Parker/Robert Lopez/Matt Stone] in - no not Orlando - impoverished AIDS stricken Uganda. Sister Act [Alan Menken/Glen Slater] discoed in as Deloris Van Cartier hides out in a convent after observing a murder. Then Godspell [Stephen Schwartz] rocks on the stage in a lively and youthful rendition of The Book of Matthew. The energy continues with Jesus Christ Superstar [Andrew Lloyd Weber/Tim Rice] - this time from Judas' point of view. And now hand clapping knee dropping conman Jonas Nightingale is asking small town America to take a Leap of Faith [Alan Menken/Glenn Slater; Book: Janus Cercone/Warren Leight]. 

While I'm not sure who's going to save Gnarls Barkley's soul (even though the ubiquitous solo Cee Lo Green of recent Forget You and The Voice fame doesn't look like he wants any saving these days), Broadway wants to try and save you. So, Broadway lovers - are you living by the Golden Rule - are you virtuous - are you a believer - and... are you ready to have your soul saved?

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