Children of Eden is a musical based on the first nine-and-a-half chapters of the Book of Genesis; however, this is a contemporary take and may not follow the Bible exactly as you have read it. Although this does have a religious concept, we by no means want to influence or preach the Bible to you as audience members.
This show is difficult to describe because if you look past the jazzy music and dramatic elements, it holds meaning on so many levels. The basis for the story is Genesis, but you will immediately experience that the relationships between Father, Adam, and Eve has more to do with earthly families, their immediate challenges, and their generational legacies. The discussions and experiences we have had while delving into this beautifully-composed story have been life-changing and memorable.
In Stephen Schwartz’s own words, who composed music for Wicked & Godspell: “I think the work of which I am most proud of is Children of Eden, for several reasons. To begin with, I think it’s my best score musically. It also contains the song that is maybe my personal favorite of my songs from a purely visceral point of view, Stranger to the Rain, a song that embodies how I feel about parenting, The Hardest Part of Love, and above all, the song that most describes my philosophy of life and which, if I had one song to be remembered by, is the one I would choose: In the Beginning. There are more of the themes that I return to over and over – personal responsibility, rebellion, intellectual independence, as well as overcoming family dysfunctions – in this work than in any of my other shows.”
The writer of Children of Eden, John Caird, wanted the audience to really connect the two acts of the show together, so he has the main leads playing two roles. For example, the character Adam in the first act is played by the same actor who plays Noah in the second act. That is why you see two names next to some names below. There are moments throughout where the two stories of these characters weave together in a very interesting way and Caird really wanted to audience to capture the connection.