- Let There Be
- The Naming
- Father's Day
- The Spark of Creation
- In Pursuit of Excellence
- A World Without You
- The Expulsion
- The Wasteland
- Lost in the Wilderness
- Close to Home
- The Mark of Cain
- Children of Eden
- A Piece of Eight
- The Return of the Animals
- Stranger to the Rain
- In Whatever Time We Have
- The Flood
- The Hardest Part of Love
- Ain't It Good?
- In the Beginning
Children of Eden [Original Cast Highlights]
The two-disc Children of Eden assembles the original cast recording of this musical penned by Stephen Schwartz, which adapts the Old Testament to explore the theme of conflict between parents and their children. Neither Schwartz's lyrics nor melodies are among his best, and the performances -- particularly those of nominal stars Stephanie Mills and Adrian Zmed -- are lackluster at best.
- Release Date:
- Rca Victor Broadway
Performance CreditsStephanie Mills Track Performer
Adrian Zmed Track Performer
Darius de Haas Track Performer
Capathia Jenkins Track Performer
William Solo Track Performer
Kelli Rabke Track Performer
Trent Armand Kendall Track Performer
Technical CreditsBruce Coughlin Orchestration
Martin Erskine Programming,Orchestration,Vocal Editing
Bill Rosenfield Liner Notes
Glen Marchese Engineer
Paul J. Falcone Programming,Vocal Editing
John R. Angier Programming,Vocal Editing
Stephen Schwartz Producer
Scott Johnson Art Direction
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... so I disagree with your site review very much. As for Schwartz's body of work, if you think this is sub-par then you did not listen to the lyrics. Eden shows an amazing way to blend his style with the subject matter and story. But I take most offense to the comment of lack luster performances - you only mention to the two known star names in your review. How about Bill Solo as God, and WOW is the only way to describe Darius de Haas's performance as Cain on "Lost In The Wilderness." Far from lackluster as your site describes, de Haas blows that song away. I suggest that your reviewer is lost in the stars himself if he can not appreciate this show.
Even if you believe the acting is not quite up-to-par, close your eyes and get lost in the story, be captivated by the beautiful music! My children were confused in the beginning, stating ''that's not the way it happened!'', and I told them to close their eyes and think of it only as a fairy tale, and to listen to the music. They were captivated from then on. I love the score, the words, the deep underlying meaning of these songs. It has become one of our favorites~
I agree with the site review for this, em, well-intentioned-but-obviously-lacking-effort-on behalf-of-the-creators show. I must admit I¿m not at all a fan of the whole 70¿s ¿Broadway is dead¿/ Christian musicals and ¿Hair¿ period. But while Godspell was at least sufferable, this show is a grueling task just to sit whiteness to. One must wonder: when there are so many good shows out there (Oklahoma, Fiddler..., Guys & Dolls, Anything Goes, South Pacific, 42nd Street, Les Miserables, West Side Story, etc¿), why would anyone bother recognizing the existence of, let alone buy the score of, a piece of cr@p like ~cough~ Children of Eden. The story is a pathetic and insulting (to anyone of intelligence) adaptation of the Bible, and the score is comparable to one of those summer Bible camps for elementary students. WARNING: Spend your money on some musical that has had a successful run (something with 30,000 performances) not Children of Eden (100 performances) that opened in January and closed in April of the same year.
I bought this CD after I was cast in the play as Yonah. I was hooked immediately. If you have any interest in musical theatre this is a must have! The CD alone is enough to move you to tears, but if you see the show it will mean even more. I have had my copy for two years and it has not left my CD Player!
I think that this musical was one of the greatest I have seen in a while. Some shows are over done and become irritaitng after listening to the scores a few times and seeing the production. This musical should be preformed more and can be easily because of the variety of ways a cast and crew can interpret the various aspects of the show. I agree that not all of the songs on this album are not my favorite examples of this show, but some of my all time favorite songs are included (spark of creation). Give the songs a shot and see the show. They are meant to be enjoyed together because they both make up one thing, Children of Eden.
Though I must say that the recording isnt quite as good as the live productions that I have seen of this show... it is still a wonderful, unique musical with many good songs. I will agree that not every song is great or award winning, but some of the songs are some of my favorites ever. (children of eden, hardest part of love, aint it good, etc.) This is a musical that isnt as great as some others but it is still truly wonderful. It may not be able to compete with some of the big titles but c'mon, give it a chance!
This is the most awesome, cool and wonderful musical on earth! Though the 1st time I heard it, I didn't love it. But I gave it a second chance and it was so much better for me! This is definetly a musical that will go down as one of the best!
I tend to disagree with the author of the review posted at your site. When I first heard the cd, I was not a fan. The lyrics were hard to understand and the melodies were unmemorable. As time grew though, the same melodies draw parallels in the story, which enriches the experience totally. I don't think first time listeners should be deceived. I was at first, but the CD is among, if not THE best of Schwartz's career. It is a phenomenal score, with wonderful singers! This is a great CD!
I both own this 2 CD set and had seen the production it was based on. While I confess I don't know much about recording. I do know a great deal about theatre. I am very familiar with Stephen Scwartz (I hope I spelled it correctly) work. This is certainly my favorite. The Paper Mill Playhouse did a wonderful job and they should be proud of themselves. Children Of Eden I went to see on a lark and I fell in love with it. I now see every production I am able to see. I reccommend everybody do the same
I agree that when you first listen to it you think the music is kind of weird but after the second listen you will fall in love. I recommend you see the show. It's magical.