New Musical Will Tell The Story Of Jesus Christ With The Music Of Britney Spears
Posted by Joseph Lee on 11.01.2013
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NME reports that a new musical is being developed that will tell the story of Jesus Christ through the songs of Britney Spears. A preview will be held for possible financiers in New York on November 7. The production will document the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ using Spears songs like "Stronger", "...Baby One More Time" and "(You Drive Me) Crazy".
Creator Pat Blute wrote on the show's official website: "'Listen. That is my only hope for you is that you will use your ears and your heart. So many of the heartaches, loneliness, and miscommunications that we feel are direct results of not listening. We don't listen to the pleas for help. We don't hear the desperations of family and friends. But we will eavesdrop. We will infiltrate the personal space of others to get some type of satisfaction. To take context out of consideration through images. Through materialism. Through greed. So listen. These are Britney's lyrics. These are Jesus Christ's images. The Britney Spears you see is not Britney Spears. Remember that. The Jesus Christ you read is not Jesus Christ. These are manifestations. Accounts through the media, through the words of followers, of friends, of foes, of villains, of heroes, of liars, of biases. It's a falsehood that people believe fame and fortune create happiness. That all ‘deaths' receive a resurrection. I hope this project will show you otherwise through the power of listening and the power of forgiveness. Special thanks to all involved in this production. Much love. -Pat Blute'
This was my directorial insert in our Columbia University production of SPEARS last April. I still stand by these words when I think about and describe the project. SPEARS is a very special type of theatrical experience. It is a piece that reconciles a lot of the anxiety 20-somethings feel about living in a society that has thousands of statements and not much substance. It appeals to those from a religious background because it tells an essential story using fragments of pop culture in a non-offensive way. I urge you to please watch our show to understand how these two supposedly ‘opposing' worlds can collide. Thank you."
Musical Director Max Druz added: "When Pat first told me about The Gospel According to Britney I was both amused and intrigued by his concept. The unique format of SPEARS appealed to me because it gave me the opportunity to utilize pop music as a method of narration and to exercise my musical abilities in arrangement and production. Juxtaposing Britney's music with the story of Christ has been an amazing voyage, and I'm thrilled to present my musical spin on the mega-hits of the one-and-only goddess Britney Spears."