"God on Broadway" Worship Series


Where Theology and Theatre Collide!

"God on Broadway" is a series of worship services during the month of October each year. The series uses the theme of a Broadway musical or play each Sunday, and each service has a sermon that is based on that Broadway production and contains songs and music from the production. "God on Broadway" celebrates God's Word and Love as inspired by the Broadway musicals.
The vibrant choir of Asbury Memorial, directed by Ray Ellis,¬†plans and rehearses far in advance for the songs that they will perform‚ÄĒand the Rev. Billy Hester brings out the crux of the worship service in his stimulating, and sometimes rather amusing, sermons, which he centers on the basic theme of the production. "God on Broadway"¬†is a different approach to presenting the Gospel. It intertwines the production with the words of Jesus Christ, whether it is about temptation from the devil, as in Damn Yankees, or forgiveness in Les Miserables, or getting along with one's neighbors¬†in Oklahoma.
Billy Hester and his wife, Cheri, are both veteran actors from Broadway and off-Broadway shows, and they bring their skills and talents to a welcoming congregation. The first series started in October of 2005, with the second series in October of 2006. For October of 2007, the themes were based upon: Pippin, Rent, The Fantasticks, and Wicked.
God on Broadway brings a whole new approach to spirituality, the quest for God, and the love of Christ. It also is an enticement to invite a friend to church.

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NOTE: All music used by the Asbury Memorial Choir has been purchased, and there is never any illegal duplication or copyright infringement. Asbury Memorial Choir is a volunteer choir and does not perform for a paid audience, nor does it charge admission for the "God on Broadway" Worship Series. There are no known copyright restrictions being violated as a result of these productions. 

 

Playbills by Year

2022
For 2022, the program was changed to use non-musicals. The original 2021 program has been rescheduled for 2023.
2021
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2021 God on Broadway program was postponed. It was rescheduled for October 2022 with the same program.
Oct 3: Fiddler on the Roof
Oct 10: Spamalot
Oct 17: Hair
Oct 24: The Lion King
Oct 31: The Addams Family
2020
Due to the Pandemic, Asbury used recordings from prior God on Broadway services.
2019

 

2018

 

2017

 

2016

 

Oct 2: The Phantom of the Opera
Oct 16: Hello, Dolly!
Oct 23: Cats
Oct 30: Peter Pan
Nov 13: The Sound of Music (rescheduled from Oct 9th
due to Hurricane Matthew)

 

2014

 

Oct 5: Hair
Oct 12: Little Shop of Horrors
Oct 19: The Fantasticks
Oct 26: The Lion King
2013

 

Oct 6: Oklahoma
Oct 13: Spamalot
Oct 20: Barnum
Oct 27: Avenue Q
2012
Civil War, Part 1
Civil War, Part 2
Blue Man Group
Sister Act
2011
Guys and Dolls
Damn Yankees
La Cage aux Folles
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Mary Poppins
2010

 

South Pacific
Fiddler on the Roof
Big River
Music Man
Jekyll & Hyde
2009
No "God on Broadway" services occurred this year, because of our sanctuary renovation project.
2008

 

Hairspray
Seussical the Musical
Into the Woods
West Side Story
The Phantom of the Opera

2007

 

Pippin
Rent
The Fantasticks
Wicked
2006
The Sound Of Music
Damn Yankees
The Lion King
Les Miserables
2005

 

Oklahoma
Fiddler On The Roof
A Chorus Line
Barnum
Jekyll And Hyde
Godspell

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