Highly Recommended Album: GODSPELL EL MUSICAL (Original Spanish Cast Recording; Produced by Antonio Banderas)

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by Tony Frankel on February 23, 2024

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The Concord Theatricals Recordings cast album of the acclaimed Spanish production of Godspell is now available. This is the first Spanish language recording of John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz’s iconic musical. Now available for streaming or download, CDs are available for purchase in Spain. Check out the booklet with Spanish lyrics HERE. And it’s a blast. I have been collecting foreign language cast albums for decades and this is a lot of fun. Each member of the Broadway-worthy cast sell songs rich in emotion.

Antonio Banderas produced Godspell alongside his theatre company, Teatro del Soho CaixaBank, Estudio Caribe, and Emilio Aragón, the production’s director and musical director. The show began its run in Malaga, Spain, on November 3, 2022 and was a great success with audiences and critics alike. This album marks Concord Theatricals Recordings’ third collaboration with Banderas and the Soho CaixaBank Theatre, following the first-ever Spanish language recordings of A Chorus Line and Company.

“Slowly but surely, we are progressively creating a collection of musical theatre shows, originally conceived in the English language, and which we now present in Spanish,” said Banderas. The recordings, far from being just isolated projects presented as musical documents, are inextricably linked to the production and presentation of the three shows, both in Malaga and other Spanish venues, to resounding critical acclaim and the applause and respect of audiences who have packed the performances. The theatre’s management team aims to continue expanding the collection with the 2024 productions of They Are Playing Our Song and Gypsy. We have a firm commitment to making the Spanish-speaking public aware of the scope, depth, and mastery of these great works of musical theatre, which are the pillars of one of the most loved and applauded genres worldwide. A big hug in C major.”

Godspell (2023 Spanish Cast Recording) features cast members (in alphabetical order) Aaron Cobos, Andro Crespo, Angy Fernández, Noemí Gallego, Daniel Garod, Pepe Nufrio, Raúl Ortiz, Nuria Pérez, Laia Prats, Roko, and Víctor Ullate Roche. Additional cast members include Javier ArianoDaniel Garod, and Mónica Solaun.

Godspell was conceived and originally directed by Tebelak with music and new lyrics by Schwartz. The musical was originally produced on the New York stage by Edgar LansburyStuart Duncan, and Joseph Beruh. New Spanish lyric and book translations are by Roser Batalla.

Album Track List:

  1. Prólogo – Torre de Babel (Prologue – Tower of Babble)
  2. Preparad el Camino (Prepare Ye)
  3. Salva a tu pueblo (Save the People)
  4. Día a día (Day by Day)
  5. Aprende bien tus lecciones (Learn Your Lessons Well)
  6. Bendice a Dios (Bless the Lord)
  7. Todo a fin de bien (All for the Best)
  8. Todos Estos dones (All Good Gifts)
  9. La luz del mundo (Light of the World)
  10. Deshaz tu camino (Turn Back, O Man)
  11. ¡Qué pena dais! (Alas for You)
  12. Junto a mí (By My Side)
  13. Te rogamos (We Beseech Thee)
  14. La ciudad más hermosa (Beautiful City)
  15. En los sauces (On the Willows)
  16. Finale (Finale)

album art courtesy of Concord Theatricals Recordings
production photos by Javier Salas

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