Your Arms Too Short to Box With God

Ambassador Theatre

June 2, 1980 - September 7, 1980

Belasco Theatre

September 9, 1980 - October 12, 1980

Previews Began: May 30, 1980

Opening Night: June 2, 1980

Closing Night: October 12, 1980

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Music: Charles Strouse

Lyrics: Lee Adams

Book: Michael Stewart

The Gospel of St. Matthew is retold as a gospel musical, conceived and written by Vinette Carroll.

Musical Numbers

We’re Gonna Have a Good Time
There’s a Stranger in Town
Do You Know Jesus?/He’s a Wonder
Just a Little Bit of Jesus Goes a Long Way
We Are the Priests and Elders
Something is Wrong in Jerusalem
It Was Alone
I Ain’t Had My Fill
Be Careful Whom You Kiss
I Know I Have to Leave Here
It’s Too Late
Judas Dance
Your Arms Too Short to Box with God
Give Us Barabbas
See How They Done My Lord
Come on Down
That’s What the Bible Say
Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?
Can’t No Grave Hold My Body Down
Beatitudes (Reprise)

Didn’t I Tell You
When the Power Comes
As Long As I Live
Everybody Has His Own Way
I Love You So Much Jesus
I Left My Sins Behind Me
On That Day
The Band


Adrian Bailey                                                Performer
                                                                Swing Dancer
Julius Richard Brown                                   Performer
Cleavant Derricks                                        Performer
Sheila Ellis                                                    Performer
Ralph Farrington                                          Performer
Jamil K. Garland                                           Performer
Elijah Gill                                                      Performer
William-Keebler Hardy, Jr.                          Performer
Jennifer-Yvette Holliday                              Performer
Linda James                                                  Performer
                                                                Swing Dancer
Garry Q. Lewis                                             Performer
Linda Morton                                                Performer
Kiki Shepard                                                 Performer
Leslie Hardesty Sisson                                 Performer
Jai Oscar St. John                                         Performer
Ray Stephens                                                Performer
Quincella Swyningan                                   Performer
Faruma S. Williams                                      Performer
Marilynn Winbush                                       Performer
Linda E. Young                                             Performer

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