Now, y’all know that I love me some Britney Spears hardcore but … news today that a new musical production that tells the tale of the life of Jesus Christ by utilizing the music of Britney Spears gives even me reason to pause. Spears is a new show, set to debut next month, that looks to dethrone the award-winning Broadway musical Jesus Christ Superstar as the King of Religious Rock Opera. Click below to see a few promo photos from the show, read the official press release and get your first taste of Spears — The Gospel According to Britney Spears.
BRITNEY SPEARS & JESUS CHRIST MASH-UP MUSICAL COMES TO NYC
SPEARS, The story of Jesus Christ through Britney Spears music, plays on Nov. 7th at Foxwoods Theater, Studio A
Britney Spears has met the Bible. SPEARS is an original musical that chronicles the life of Jesus Christ, telling the story through the hit music of Britney Spears. Creator Patrick Blute, 23, and his creative team are holding a funder’s preview on November 7th at the Snapple Theater. The musical tugs at the heartstrings of America’s lost twenty-somethings, calling on familiar hits such as “Stronger,” “One More Time,” and “Crazy,” to describe the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Not one word is spoken, and not one lyric is changed, technically making the musical an opera. Originally dreamed up by Blute during his undergraduate years, SPEARS debuted in April 2012 at Columbia University’s Glicker-Milstein Theater. Tickets to the first production sold out in under one minute. The show received overwhelming support, and Charolette Murtishaw of the Columbia Spectator wrote, “Little can be done to deny the star power of SPEARS, which manages to tackle the marriage of Spears and Christ in a way that respects both deities and keeps the audience fully engaged and entertained.”
Now, Blute and the SPEARS team of four other individuals—Cori Capik as producer, Max Druz as music director, Courtney Self as choreographer, and Christopher Vazquez as graphic designer—are seeking funding to bring the musical to Broadway. On November 7th, there will be two shows at the Snapple Theater in midtown Manhattan. Tickets will be offered to those who have expressed interest in investing in the show.
Working with Levine, Plotkin and Menin, the SPEARS team is currently securing the copyright, and looks forward to the November 7th funder’s preview, which will bring in more funding to allow the full legal council required.
On the one hand, this sounds kinda awesome. I like that every word uttered in this show will be a Britney Spears lyric. On the other hand, telling the story of the life of Jesus with Britney Spears songs sounds kinda … blasphemous? But in a good way? I dunno. I do know that I would LOVE to see this show for myself but, unfortch, I cannot be in NYC anytime soon. What do y’all think of Spears? Does this sound like a good idea to you? If so, is this a show that YOU would want to see?