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Paper Mill Playhouse - Milburn - Etats-Unis

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

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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

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1997-11-New Jersey Cast

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Date de sortie:
1997-11-??
Type de CD:
Stage Cast •
Nombre de CD:
2 pour un total de 37 tracks
Artistes:
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
Tracks:
DISC 1
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

DISC 2
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
Commentaires:
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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Version 4

Union Theatre à Londres (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : mer 10 août 2016
Première : mer 10 août 2016
Dernière : sam 10 septembre 2016
Mise en scène : Christian Durham
Chorégraphie : Lucie Pankhurst
Avec : Natasha O'Brien (Eve/Mama), Stehen Barry (Adam/Noah), Joey Dexter (Father), Samantha Giffard (Aysha), Guy Woolf (Cain/Japeth), Nikita Johal (Yonah), Susie Chaytow (Aphra), Daniel Miles (Abel/Ham), Kris Marc-Joseph (Seth/Shem), Verity Burgess (Storyteller), Gabriel Mokake (Snake)
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Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

Freely based on the story of Genesis, CHILDREN OF EDEN is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. Adam, Eve, Noah and the "Father" who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that "the hardest part of love... is letting go."

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Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

Children of Eden was originally written in 1986 as Family Tree for a production by Youth Sing Praise, a religious-oriented high school theatre camp at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois. Stephen Schwartz adapted the script and music of Family Tree into a full-length musical, giving it the title it uses today.

The original cast production of Children of Eden was developed as a Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) workshop, directed by John Caird, and starring Ken Page as Father, Richard Lloyd-King as Snake, Martin Smith as Adam, Shezwae Powell as Eve, Adrian Beaumont as Cain, Kevin Colson as Noah, Earlene Bentley as Mama Noah, Frances Ruffelle as Yonah, Anthony Barclay as Japeth, Craig Pinder as Shem, Ray Shell as Ham, Hiromi Itoh as Aysha and Ruthie Henshall as Aphra. After the RSC's budget was cut, it opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in London's West End on January 8, 1991. The show closed on April 6, 1991 to poor reviews and after the Persian Gulf War put a damper on tourism worldwide.

The show's poor reviews and quick closing meant that any hope of a Broadway transfer was abandoned. The original London cast album was released on LP and CD, but quickly went out of print. The CD release was marred by manufacturing defects that caused most of the discs to "bronze", becoming unplayable. Consequently, a playable copy of the disc is highly prized by musical theatre collectors. Schwartz believes the show has not played on Broadway because of the expense required to produce it in an Actor's Equity house, due to the cast of characters.

There is an extremely rare concept recording of the show that exists. The recording features Stephen Schwartz himself playing the piano. The recording was made before the Papermill Playhouse production in an effort to review the rewrites and revisions. The recording was made available only for a limited time on Stephen Schwartz's website via RealAudio streaming. The recording is considered to be the rarest version of the show that exists. Only a handful of people possess CD or digital copies of it, including Stephen Schwartz himself and Michael Kohl.

Throughout the 1990s, the show received numerous productions at both the amateur and professional levels; it was also reworked and edited, with songs and scenes being added and cut. In 1997, a major production was mounted at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey, featuring Stephanie Mills. A cast recording of this production was produced by Schwartz himself. This revised version, commonly known as the "American version" or "Paper Mill version", is substantially what is currently licensed for production in the United States. The New York City premiere of the piece was as the inaugural World AIDS Day Concert presented by Jamie McGonnigal and Kate Shindle. The concert featured Julia Murney, Norm Lewis, Darius de Haas, and Jai Rodriguez and raised funds for The National AIDS Fund. The show's publisher, Music Theater International, reports that Children of Eden is one of its top 20 most frequently licensed properties, which is very unusual for a show that has never had a Broadway or Off-Broadway run. Its popularity is partly due to its ability to accommodate a large or small cast; its universal themes of family, love, greed, anger, and others; and its religious material, which make it a favorite for churches, synagogues, and post-secondary schools. The most recent production of Children of Eden was played at NIDA (St. Andrews), Sydney, Australia, on the second and third weekends of March, 2011. A world premiere of the symphonic version will run in Kansas City from July 15 to 24, 2011, accompanied by a 55-piece orchestra.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

1991 Prince Edward Theatre Production)
Acte I
Let There Be – Father and Angels
The Naming – Father, Adam, Eve, Animals and Angels
The Spark of Creation – Eve
In Pursuit of Excellence – Snake and Eve
A World without You – Adam
The Expulsion – Father, Adam, Eve and Angels
Wasteland – Angels
Lost in the Wilderness – Cain and Adam
Close to Home – Adam, Eve and Abel
Children of Eden – Eve and Her Children
Acte II
Generations – Ham and Company
Degenerations – Father, Noah and Civilised Society
Shipshape – Shem, Ham, Aysha and Aphra
The Return of the Animals – Noah’s Family and Animals
Stranger to the Rain – Yonah
In Whatever Time We Have – Japeth and Yonah
The Flood – Antediluvian Mankind
What Is He Waiting For? – Noah's Family
Children of Eden (Reprise) – Yonah
The Hardest Part of Love – Noah
Ain't It Good? – Mama Noah, Her Family and Angels
In the Beginning – Company

Track Listing for the Paper Mill Playhouse Cast Recording (1998)
Acte I
Let There Be – Father & Full Company
Perfect (Part 1) – Storytellers, Father, Adam & Eve
The Tree of Knowledge – Father & Adam
The Naming – Father, Adam, Eve & Storytellers
Grateful Children – Adam & Eve
Father's Day – Father
Perfect (Part 2) – Storytellers, Father, Adam & Eve
The Spark of Creation – Eve
In Pursuit of Excellence – Snake & Eve
The End of a Perfect Day – Storytellers
Childhood's End – Storytellers, Father & Eve
A World without You – Adam, Father & Eve
The Expulsion – Father & Storytellers
The Wasteland – Storytellers
Wilderness Family – Adam, Young Cain & Young Abel
The Spark of Creation (Reprise 1) – Eve
Lost in the Wilderness – Cain & Abel
Lost in the Wilderness (Reprise) – Cain
Close to Home – Adam, Eve, Abel, Young Cain & Young Abel
A Ring of Stones – Adam, Eve, Cain & Abel
Clash of the Generations – Adam, Eve, Cain & Abel
The Death of Abel – Eve & Storytellers
The Mark of Cain – Father & Storytellers
Children of Eden – Eve & Full Company

Acte II
Generations – Storytellers
The Gathering Storm – Noah & Father
A Piece of Eight – Storytellers, Noah, Mama Noah, Japheth, Yonah, Ham, Shem, Aphra & Aysha
Blind Obedience – Noah
The Return of the Animals – Orchestra
The Naming (Reprise)/Noah's Lullaby – Storytellers & Noah
Stranger to the Rain – Yonah
In Whatever Time We Have – Japheth & Yonah
The Flood – Father & Storytellers
What is He Waiting For? – Noah, Mama Noah, Japheth, Ham, Shem, Aphra & Aysha
Sailor of the Skies – Yonah
The Spark of Creation (Reprise 2) – Mama Noah
The Hardest Part of Love – Noah & Father
Words of Doom – Storytellers
The Hour of Darkness – Noah, Mama Noah, Japheth, Yonah, Ham, Shem, Aphra & Aysha
Ain’t it Good? – Mama Noah & Full Company
Precious Children – Father
In the Beginning – Japheth, Yonah, Noah, Mama Noah, Father, & Full Company

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Livret complet

 Livret anglais - Version Londres 1991

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Quelques remarques

While many productions of the show have used the same principals in both acts, with the actors each taking on a different character for the story of Noah, the original West End production did not utilize doubling of principals.

 

Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Children of Eden

Version 1

Children of Eden (1991-01-Prince Edward Theatre-London) (Original)
Durée : 2 mois 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mardi 08 janvier 1991
Dernière : samedi 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.
En savoir plus sur cette version

Version 2

Children of Eden (1997-11-Paper Mill Playhouse-Milburn) (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mercredi 05 novembre 1997
Dernière : dimanche 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
En savoir plus sur cette version

Version 3

Children of Eden (2000-02-Landor Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 10 février 2000
Première : jeudi 10 février 2000
Dernière : samedi 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.”
En savoir plus sur cette version

Version 4

Children of Eden (2016-08-Union Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 10 août 2016
Première : mercredi 10 août 2016
Dernière : samedi 10 septembre 2016
Mise en scène : Christian Durham
Chorégraphie : Lucie Pankhurst
Avec : Natasha O'Brien (Eve/Mama), Stehen Barry (Adam/Noah), Joey Dexter (Father), Samantha Giffard (Aysha), Guy Woolf (Cain/Japeth), Nikita Johal (Yonah), Susie Chaytow (Aphra), Daniel Miles (Abel/Ham), Kris Marc-Joseph (Seth/Shem), Verity Burgess (Storyteller), Gabriel Mokake (Snake)
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Principaux CD du musical

1) 1991-01-Original London Cast

2) 1997-11-New Jersey Cast



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