Off-Broadway's The Ark Closes Abruptly

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The Ark, the new musical that featured music by Michael McLean and book and lyrics by McLean and Kevin Kelly, played its final performance Nov. 20.
Adrian Zmed and Annie Golden in The Ark.
Adrian Zmed and Annie Golden in The Ark. Photo by Carol Rosegg

Previews for the musical — which co-starred Adrian Zmed and Annie Golden — began Oct. 14 with an official opening at Off-Broadway's 37 Arts Theatre Nov. 14. The musical played a total of 36 previews and 8 regular performances. Directed by Ray Roderick, The Ark also featured Marie-France Arcilla, D.B Bonds (The Last Five Years, Les Miserables), Justin Brill (All Shook Up, Mamma Mia!), Julie Foldesi (Little Women), Janeece Aisha Freeman, Jacquelyn Piro (Under The Bridge, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon), Chuck Ragsdale and Rob Sutton (We Will Rock You).

The musical aimed to take a "fresh, contemporary look at the classic story of Noah by showing us the back story of his family," according to producers Erik Orton and Karen Walter Goodwin.

The creative team included set designer Beowulf Boritt, costume designer Lisa Zinni, lighting designer Eric Haugan and sound designer Ryan Powers.

Musical direction and orchestrations were by Joe Baker (Blood Brothers, Footloose, Jackie Mason's Laughing Room Only).

Michael McLean said in production notes, "Our goal in writing The Ark was to explore the story of Noah in a unique and entertaining way. With music that ranges from pop to gospel, audiences will certainly relate to how Noah and his family overcome challenges. Living in the craziness of today's world, we see that this ancient story is now more relevant than ever."

The show was seen as part of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals and was produced by The Village Theatre, the respected Equity musical theatre company in suburban Seattle in 2002 03.

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