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Dare 2 Defy Productions presents ‘Children of Eden’
November 25, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Music Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Book by John Caird.
The musical Children of Eden is now in the top 20 of musicals most frequently licensed by Music Theatre International which is unusual for a show that never played on Broadway. It’s popularity has spread by word of mouth. The score is a favorite of many Schwartz fans and includes a vast range of styles beyond ‘typical’ broadway. The love song ‘In Whatever Time We Have’ is thought to be the most popular Schwartz song performed at weddings.
Children of Eden is perhaps the least describable Schwartz musical because it holds meaning on so many levels. The excuse for the story is Genesis–both the first books and the story of Noah’s ark. But audiences immediately experience that the relationships between Father Adam and Eve has more to do with earthly families.
Children of Eden is Stephen Schwartz’s favorite of his own shows. He wrote in answer to a question ‘I think the work of which I am most proud 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 (which is very important to me) ‘The Hardest Part of Love’ and above all the song that most most espouses 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. And I am proud of the fact that I kept working on the show after its initial failure in its London premiere so that it has become a viable and often performed piece that I know will live on after I’m gone.’