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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Children of Eden at Greensboro Day School this weekend

This is, hands-down, the sweetest little musical I've ever had the pleasure of watching. Elon's drama department performed this seven years ago and I've been enchanted with it ever since. Heck, I even own the 2-disc soundtrack CD of it. I've been waiting years to take Lisa to see this and lo and behold this weekend it'll be playing less than five minutes away down the street! Children of Eden by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin and more recently Wicked) and John Caird (Les Misérables) is a musical about the first eight chapters of the Book of Genesis, from the moment of creation to the Great Deluge. It's a moving, touching, and very often funny examination of the eternal conflict between children and their parents, as seen through the stories of Adam and Eve and then Noah and his family. If you liked Schwartz's work in the movie Prince of Egypt, you will utterly adore Children of Eden. The story is spellbinding and the music is phenomenal: I'd have to say my favorite song from the show is "Generations" at the beginning of Act II ("Oh Noah, you go-a, ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE PROTOZOA!"). There's plenty more great music in this, covering every style from reggae to gospel to lounge crooning. The effects are terrific: just wait 'til you see how the gathering of the animals aboard the ark is done.

Anyway, if you want to see it and you're in Greensboro this weekend, Children of Eden is playing at the Greensboro Day School on north Lawndale Drive, 7:30 PM from tonight (Thursday) through Saturday, and then 2:00 PM on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults. Click here for more information at Greensboro Day School's website.