Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Gospel according to Britney: Musical uses Britney Spears songs to tell story of Jesus Christ

Britney Spears.
Britney Spears.

First, Somali pirates, now Jesus Christ? The music of Britney Spears is winding up in some surprising places.

For one night only, fans of Britney Spears can see the pop star’s music set to the story of Jesus Christ in SPEARS: The Gospel According to Britney.

The musical, which is the brainchild of 23-year-old Pat Blute, debuted in April at Columbia University. Brute describes the show as “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.”

Spears’s popular hits like Stronger, One More Time, and Crazy, help tell the story of Jesus’s life from birth to resurrection. Musical director Max Druz reveled in the chance to work with Spears’s songs. “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,” he wrote in a statement.

According to a press release, Blute and his creative team are using these two shows in Studio A of the Foxwoods Theater on Nov. 7, as an opportunity to gain funding. If the popularity of their Columbia University production is any indication (tickets to the first show sold out in under a minute), the SPEARS team could have a lucrative hit on their hands.

Charlotte Murtishaw of the Columbia Spectator gave the musical a rave review in April. “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,” she wrote.

Ashleigh Schmitz
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