I’ve been talking about The Pope of the People, the musical about Pope John Paul II written by composer Tom Quiner, for months now. The first of seven performances is quickly approaching; get your tickets now while they are still available . . . you will not be sorry! Tickets are available for purchase through MidwesTix.com.
Synopsis (from the website)
Through dramatically presented song and narrative, the late Pope’s beautiful homilies in Warsaw, Jasna Gora, Auschwitz, Krakow, St. Patrick’s, and Living History Farms in Des Moines, Iowa will evangelize the next generation of Catholics and future Catholics. Critical events, including the emergence of the Solidarity Union in Poland, and later, the assassination attempt, will be woven into this musical drama. John Paul’s remarkable forgiveness of his would-be assassin, too, is a part of the story.
Mother Mary’s role in the Pope’s apostolic journey to Poland, and in his escape from death by assassination, is on full display in a fresh, new way that will encourage “Catholic tire-kickers” to seriously contemplate the Blessed Mother’s role in the formation of our church.
Ultimately, the central theme of “The Pope of the People” is Christ. As the Pope proclaimed at Victory Square in Warsaw on June 2, 1979, “What is a man without our savior Jesus Christ? Where is our dignity? Where is our humanity?” The tension this message creates with the Communist government is another dramatic twist in The Pope of the People.