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Morgan Freeman in The Gospel At Colonus

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Michael Giltz, a reviewer at Huffington Post had some nice words for a show now on DVD (Amazon) as well as on iTunes for rental or download. 

“STOP! DO NOT GO ON! — Not until you’ve read about The Gospel At Colonus ($26.95; New Video), one of the landmark musicals of the past three decades. The idea was simple: present Oedipus at Colonus as a tale of woe presented in a church, complete with gospel numbers. “I take my text today from the Book of Oedipus,” intones a young Morgan Freeman, who is electrifying and commanding as the preacher/narrator. This 1985 Philadelphia performance was captured for TV with care and discretion by Kirk Browning, who knows you don’t need to cut every five seconds to create excitement. All you really need are talented performers like Jevetta Steele, Robert Earl Jones and Clarence Fountain and the Five Blind Boys Of Alabama and great songs by Lee Breuer and Bob Telson.”How Shall I See You Through My Tears?,” “Stop! Do Not Go On!,” “Lift Him Up” and the moving “A Voice Foretold” are among the nonstop highlights. This is brilliant stuff and I’ve always been disappointed that I never got to see it live and had to settle for listening to the cast album. No more.”

The Blind Boys of Alabama, Morgan Freeman, Mabou Mines.


Written by newvideogroup

January 15, 2009 at 11:04 pm

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