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Children of Eden (1991)

Paper Mill Playhouse
Milburn - Etats-Unis

05/11/1997 > 14/12/1997

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Paper Mill Playhouse - Milburn - Etats-Unis


Première Preview: Inconnu
Première: mercredi 05 novembre 1997
Dernière: dimanche 14 décembre 1997



Mise en scène:
Robert Johanson
Dawn DiPasquale
Father … William Solo
Eve/Mama Noah … Stephanie Mills
Adam/Noah … Adrian Zmed
Cain/Japheth … Darius de Haas
Abel/Ham … Hunter Foster
Seth/Shem … Vincent D'Elia
Yonah … Kelli Rabke
Aysha … Emy Baysic
Aphra … Sheetal Gandhi
Seth's Wife … Susan Pfau




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CD de cette production

1997-11-New Jersey Cast

Date de sortie:
Type de CD:
Stage Cast •
Nombre de CD:
2 pour un total de 37 tracks
Cheryl Allison, Emy Baysic, Charles Bergell, Barry Cavanagh, Vincent D'Elia, Vincent Delia, Hunter Foster, Sheetal Gandhi, Angela Garrison, Darius de Haas, LaTonya Holmes, Capathia Jenkins, James Anthony Johnson, Trent Armand Kendall, Stephanie Mills, Kelli Rabke, Bart Shatto, Jimmy Smagula, William Solo, Jim Weaver, Adrian Zmed
01. Let There Be
02. The Tree of Knowledge
03. The Naming
04. Grateful Children
05. Father's Day
06. Perfect
07. The Spark of Creation
08. In Pursuit of Excellence
09. The End of a Perfect Day
10. Childhood's End
11. A World Without You
12. The Expulsion
13. The Wasteland
14. The Spart of Creation (Reprise 1)
15. Lost in the Wilderniss
16. Close to Home
17. A Ring of Stones
18. The Death of Abel
19. The Mark of Cain
20. Children of Eden

01. Generations
02. The Gathering Storm
03. A Piece of Eight
04. The Return of the Animals
05. Noah's Lullaby
06. Stranger to the Rain
07. In Whatever Time We Have
08. The Flood
09. What Is He Waiting For?
10. Sailor of the Skies
11. The Spark of Creation (Reprise 2)
12. The Hardest Part of Love
13. Words of Doom
14. The Hour of Darness
15. Ain't It Good?
16. Precious Children
17. In the Beginning
Used to be, in the world of stage musicals, there were hits and flops. Hits were shows that opened on Broadway and ran long enough to turn a profit; flops were everything else. But that was back in the days when there were a lot of Broadway shows, they didn't cost as much money to produce, and money was easier to raise. Today, things are much more complicated: Shows don't even have to open on Broadway to be successful. The greater risks and opportunities, however, tend to eliminate finality. In a sense, there are no flops anymore, only shows that haven't been sufficiently revised and reproduced enough times to become hits yet. Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the songs for Godspell and collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on Mass, returned to religious subject matter with the musical Children of Eden, which ran for only 103 performances in London in 1991, though it produced a cast album. Used to be, that would have meant it was a flop. Instead, Schwartz and librettist John Caird continued to work on the show. For another six years. Then it was staged at the Paper Mill Playhouse, a prominent regional theater in New Jersey, for six weeks in 1997, with a cast including Broadway and recording star Stephanie Mills. It is the cast of this production that has recorded this two-CD set. (There is also a one-CD highlights version.) The hope, of course, is that this will lead to further productions and maybe even to Broadway. Children of Eden is a musical retelling of the Book of Genesis, specifically, creation, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Cain and Abel (Act I), and Noah and the Ark (Act II). Schwartz has experience musicalizing the New Testament, but the Old, while inherently dramatic, is also episodic and more intractable. But then, in a move that may make church productions dicey, Schwartz and Caird have introduced some variations into the stories. Their God often sounds more like a secular father than a holy one: Adam and Eve seem to discover sex before eating the apple; after Eve eats the apple, God tries to persuade Adam to stay in Eden; and Cain discovers "A Ring of Stones" that sounds a lot like Stonehenge and suggests some other god may have staged another creation nearby.

For all that, the plot generally follows the Biblical versions, sometimes told in choral parts and sometimes in solo songs that mix traditional theater music with elements of pop/rock, jazz, gospel, and Caribbean music. The result is often pleasant, but rarely engaging, and it's hard to believe that theater professionals would devote so much time and effort to material that, in the end, remains what it always has been, with or without music. Maybe church groups will be able to overlook the discrepancies and use the work for youthful productions (it has a cast of 65). But will this non-flop ever be a hit on Broadway? Don't hold your breath. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi All Music Guide


D'autres versions de cette oeuvre

Version 1

Prince Edward Theatre à Londres (Original)
Durée : 2 mois 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mar 08 janvier 1991
Dernière : sam 06 avril 1991
Mise en scène : John Caird
Chorégraphie : Matthew Bourne
Avec : Ken Page {God), Martin Smith (Adam), Shezwae Powell (Eve), Richard Lloyd-King (Snake), Adrian Beaumont {Cain), Kevin Colson {Noah), Ruthie Henshall, Frances Ruffelle
Commentaires : 'The opening of Children of Eden in the West End of London coincided with the start of war with Iraq and one of the worst slumps in audience attendence in recent years; as a result this spectacular musical was unable to find its audience.
Mais ce n'est pas le seul problème…
A “new biblical musical” told the story of the Old Testament from the Creation until just after the Flood. In a kind of throwback to the earlier success of Stephen Schwartz’s “Godspell”, the characters appeared in cute costumes, some of them appearing as cute, furry little animals. God and Eve were portrayed as jolly black performers, and Cain’s slaying of Abel was performed “in the humdrum context of a family spat”. The scenery was domed scaffolding, with disco and laser effects, and according to one critic: “The Garden of Eden was decorated in tatty hanging drapes and was like unto the current state of Liberty’s in its carpet and fabric sales department”. With very mixed critical reaction, the general cry was “Where is the nearest Exodus”? The show lost all its investment and closed after ten weeks.
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Version 2

Paper Mill Playhouse à Milburn (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mer 05 novembre 1997
Dernière : dim 14 décembre 1997
Mise en scène : Robert Johanson
Chorégraphie : Dawn DiPasquale
Avec : Father … William Solo
Eve/Mama Noah … Stephanie Mills
Adam/Noah … Adrian Zmed
Cain/Japheth … Darius de Haas
Abel/Ham … Hunter Foster
Seth/Shem … Vincent D'Elia
Yonah … Kelli Rabke
Aysha … Emy Baysic
Aphra … Sheetal Gandhi
Seth's Wife … Susan Pfau
Commentaires :
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Version 3

Landor Theatre à Londres (Revival)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeu 10 février 2000
Première : jeu 10 février 2000
Dernière : sam 04 mars 2000
Mise en scène : Sue Colgrave
Chorégraphie : Adeen Ashton
Avec : Stuart Liddle (God), Ian Brandon (Adam), Melitsa Nicola (Eve), Nikki Tate (Snake), Stephen Lloyd-Morgan (Cain), David O’Dell (Noah), Matt Dineen (Japheth), Leigh-Ann Stone (Mama Noah)
Commentaires : Nine years earlier this show had flopped in the West End, with one critic wise-cracking “Excuse me, where’s the nearest Exodus?”. This fringe revival did not fare any better, being described as a strange, rather dull musical, and the remark “like any good musical, this one needs a good book rather than simply plundering the Good Book itself.”
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