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JOAN   1970

Before there was Godspell, Stephen Schwartz had a Broadway debut with The Survival of St. Joan, a musical based on the mythical rumor that Joan had survived the stake. It was produced by Haila Stoddard, a soap opera star for 20 years (she was very fearful of the skull imagery), and starred Gretchen Corbett as Joan, a friend from Carnegie Mellon, who went on to be Jim Rockford's attorney in the long-running Rockford Files. This was a big time for Rock Operas, and all I can remember about this one was St. Joan's spectacular ascendency to Heaven (or the Anderson Theatre flies) with much guitar music, strobe lights and smoke.

Ink and Letrafilm on board.

The Survival of St Joan