Marty Haugen’s musical, That You May Have Life, proclaims the Gospel of John through song. An eclectic array of musical styles sets the stage for each chapter, bringing the emotion of the characters to life. Musical selections range from beautiful melodic ballads to lush choral harmonies. Haugen incorporates narration, sung dialogue, and song in a way that conveys more than just the biblical texts. This musical includes such familiar narratives as the woman at the well, the raising of Lazarus, and the washing of the feet at the Last Supper. The depth and breadth of each tale blooms forth, enticing us into a personal relationship with these familiar biblical figures. That You May Have Life sings these stories “that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah and that through believing you may have life in his name.”
That You May Have Life DVD
From its riveting beginning to its triumphant finale, this live performance of Marty Haugen's new musical, That You May Have Life: Musical Stories from the Gospel of John, proclaims in song a passionate declaration of the Gospel of John. Out of darkness the light slowly dawns to a burst of color. Born of a low drone comes the fervic invocation, "En arche en ho logos," "In the beginning was the Word." From Jesus' intimate dialogues with Nicodemus and the woman at the well to his very public encounters with the man born blind and the mourners at Lazarus' tomb, you are immediately drawn into these beloved stories—stories steeped in an ancient history of human emotion and glorified still in our rites of Christian initiation.
Under the inspired direction of Marilee Mahler, this vastly talented, multigenerational cast delivers a stellar performance that brings the characters to life. Tony Alonso, as Jesus, is positively mesmerizing. His powerful voice and commanding presence effortlessly convey Christ's spirit of unconditional love. David Haas as Nicodemus, ValLimar Jansen as Mary, Ray East as the Evangelist, and Mary Preus as the Samaritan woman bring passion and a lifetime of experience to their roles.
The DVD also contains enlightening commentary by a truly inspired woman of faith, Pastor Susan Briehl, who breaks open the word (the logos) and invites you into a deeper understanding of belief and faith. Director Mahler and Haugen himself also offer revealing accounts of their artistic processes, which provide invaluable guidance for those who undertake future performances.
That You May Have Life presents us with an opportunity to meet the One we are all seeking. It allows us to encounter Jesus, the Word made flesh, face to face. Dive into the Gospel of John. Find what you're looking for. Come and see That You May Have Life.