The musical is based on the Book of Genesis with Act I telling the story of Adam and Eve, Cain, and Abel and Act II deals with Noah and the Flood.
The one-off, semi staged concert performance was attended by the Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz and formed part of the triptych of Stephen Schwartz shows produced by local Melbourne production company, Magnormos.
The Children of Eden cast included Laura Fitzpatrick (Fiddler on the Roof) as Eve, Josh Pitterman (West Side Story) as Cain, Akina Edmonds (Lion King) as Yonah and Marty Rhone (Godspell) as God.
“David Harris proved an inspired choice for the dual roles of everyman Adam and patriarch Noah. With curly hair and a light beard, gorgeous leading man Harris adopted a naturally down-to-earth look and an understated playing style for these key roles, his gentle charisma shining through in both characterisations. In excellent voice, Harris delivered a moving rendition of Noah’s lament “The Hardest Part of Love.” – Theatre People (full review)