York Theatre Presents Benefit Children of Eden Concert With Bway Stars, on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1

News   York Theatre Presents Benefit Children of Eden Concert With Bway Stars, on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1 In commemoration of the Dec. 1 World AIDS Day, The York Theatre Company will present an all-star concert version of Stephen Schwartz's and John Caird's Children of Eden at Riverside Church in Manhattan.

Currently scheduled to appear in the cast of the Biblical musical about parents and children are Ann Harada (Avenue Q), Norm Lewis (Side Show), Julia Murney (The Wild Party), Max von Essen (Dance of the Vampires), Anthony Rapp (Rent), Kate Shindle (Cabaret), Darius de Haas (Marie Christine), Jai Rodriguez (Zanna, Don't!, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy") and John Tartaglia (Avenue Q).

Children of Eden will be directed by Jamie McGonnigal, with music direction by Mark Hartman. A 100-person chorus is part of the 7 PM performance.

Proceeds from the concert benefit the National AIDS Fund and The York Theatre Company.

Riverside Church is at Riverside Drive at 120th Street. Although it's a concert, this marks the professional Manhattan debut of the internationally popular Children of Eden.

The musical has a book by Caird (Les Miserables) and music and lyrics by Schwartz, the Academy and Emmy Award-winning writer of "The Prince of Egypt," Disney’s "Hunchback of Notre Dame," "Pocahontas," Godspell, Pippin and Broadway's new Oz musical, Wicked. Children of Eden tells Old Testament stories starting with the Creation, Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel, and then moves generations forward to the story of Noah and the Ark.

Tickets are available by calling (212) 868-4444. Tickets are also available on the website at www.smarttix.com.

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The National AIDS Fund is one of America's largest philanthropic organizations dedicated to eliminating HIV/AIDS as a major health and social problem. The Fund supports nearly 500 community-based organizations and agencies nationally, doing battle in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The National AIDS Fund also promotes educational efforts to effectively stop the spread of the virus.

Now beginning its 35th season, The York Theatre Company is the only theatre in New York City dedicated to developing and producing new musicals, and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past.

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