Summary: A full-length musical in two Acts tracing the life of John the Baptist, the man Jesus called the greatest prophet up to his time, the man chosen by God to announce the coming of Jesus, the Messiah. From his miraculous birth to his untimely death at the hands of King Herod, John’s life was one of drama, in which he was not afraid to confront the religious authorities of his day while proclaiming the coming Kingdom of God. This powerful musical had its premiere in an eight-night run at Orewa, Auckland, New Zealand in October 2015. Inspiration for the script came from the book "The Prisoner in The Third Cell" by Gene Edwards.
Style: Drama, intense at times.   Duration:  2 hours (approx.)      
Cast: A large cast, but many parts can be doubled. In the original production a cast of 33 fulfilled all parts

Act One may be downloaded for evaluation purposes by clicking on the link below.

The full script, plus music, backing tracks, etc -- as well as a video of the premiere performance -- may be obtained by contacting John McNeil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A video of the original performance of this play is available on YouTube:
Act One
Act Two

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