"Close to Home": Children of Eden Will Play Astoria in May

News   "Close to Home": Children of Eden Will Play Astoria in May Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden, which sets the Book of Genesis to a pop-infused score, will play a limited New York-area return in May at the Astoria Performing Arts Center.

APAC artistic director Tom Wojtunik will direct the professional production that will run May 6-22 at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Astoria. Christine O'Grady will choreograph with musical direction by Lilli Wosk.

The cast features James Zannelli as Father, Joseph Spieldenner as Adam/Noah, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Eve/Mama Noah, Alan Shaw as Cain/Japheth, Stephen Gelpi as Abel/Ham/Snake, Jonathan Gregg as Seth/Shem/Snake, Charissa Bertels as Aphra/Snake, Kelly Scanlon as Aysha/Snake, Stacie Bono as Yonah/Snake and Zekari Jackson as Young Abel.

Featuring a score by Academy Award winner and Tony nominee Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell) and a book by John Caird, Children of Eden premiered in London in 1991 and later arrived in the U.S. at the Paper Mill Playhouse in 1997.

Children of Eden will have scenic design by Michael P. Kramer, costume/puppet design by Hunter Kaczorowski, lighting design by Dan Jobbins and sound design by Kate Foretek.

The musical explores the parent-child relationship through the story of Adam and Eve in the first act, while the second act concludes with the tale of Noah. Songs include "In the Beginning," "The Spark of Creation," "The Hardest Part of Love," "Lost in the Wilderness," "Stranger to the Rain," "In Whatever Time We Have" and the title song. For tickets and further information phone (212) 352-3101 or visit APACNY.org.

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