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Children of Eden: American Premiere Recording Cast Recording


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  • Performer: Adrian Zmed, Stephanie Mills, Kelli Rabke, Darius de Haas, William Solo, et al.
  • Composer: Stephen Schwartz
  • Audio CD (May 19, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA Victor Broadway
  • ASIN: B000006OP3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Let There Be
2. The Tree Of Knowledge
3. The Naming
4. Grateful Children
5. Father's Day
6. Perfect
7. The Spark Of Creation
8. In Pursuit Of Excellence
9. The End Of A Perfect Day
10. Childhood's End
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Generations
2. The Gathering Storm
3. A Piece Of Eight
4. The Return Of The Animals
5. Noah's Lullaby
6. Stranger To The Rain
7. In Whatever Time We have
8. The Flood
9. What Is He Waiting For?
10. Sailor Of The Skies
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

disc 1: 20 tracs: Let There Be, The Tree of Knowledge, The Naming, Grateful Children, Father's Day, Perfect, The Spark of Creation, In Pursuit of Excellence, The End of a Perfect Day, Childhood's End, A World Without You, The Expulsion, The Wasteland, The Spark of Creation(reprise 1), Lost In the Wildersness, Close to Home, A Ring of Stones, The Death of Abel, The Mark of Cain, Children of Eden Disc 2: 17 tracs: Generations, The Gathering Storm, A Piece of Eight, The Return of the Animals, Noah's Lullaby, Stranger to the Rain, In Whatever Time We Have, The Flood, What is He Waiting for, Sailor of the Skies, The Spark of Creation(Reprise 2), The Hardest Part of Love, Words of Doom, The Hour of Darkness, Ain't It Good, Precious Children, In the Beginning

Customer Reviews

THE BOOK: What's most amazing about CHILDREN OF EDEN is Caird's book.
burghtenor
It will make you cry tears of joy and of sympathy but most of all it will entrance you into knowing that this is the BEST musical of all time.
"kaht"
Highly recommended for anyone who is a fan of the show or of Stephen Schwartz musicals.
K. Lacertosa

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "closetohome19" on April 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I absolutely love CHILDREN OF EDEN with all of my heart and soul [as you can probably tell from my name ;-)] and it's a beyond me HOW others have it in themselves to not believe that this show is truly the pinnacle of Stephen Schwartz's composing career BY FAR.
CHILDREN OF EDEN, as you probably know my now, is literally the two oldest stories in the world put to stunning music. Each song is different in itself and each character and each cast member sings with their own style, personality, and flair so listening to this CD for four years (as I have), it never grows old. Many of the songs are breathtaking ("Let There Be," "Ain't It Good?", and "The Spark of Creation") and so many of them can just bring tears to the eyes of any audience ("Stranger to the Rain," "The Hardest Part of Love," "Close to Home," and "Children of Eden"). And, like any great show, a few of the songs are just all-out fun to listen to! ("The Naming," "A Piece of Eight," "The Return of the Animals," and "In Pursuit of Excellence") Even shorter, incidental songs were not forgotten and left in the dust and are just as strong as the larger numbers ("Spark of Creation" Reprises 1 and 2, "Noah's Lullaby," and the haunting "Hour of Darkness," by far one of the best songs on the CD, though less than a minute and a half in length!)
I was in a summer stock production of CHILDREN OF EDEN during the summer of 2000 and each cast member experienced the mind-opening, inspiring lyrics that Schwartz has written and it was all so powerful that even the cast was brought to tears by the amazing finale, "In the Beginning.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By burghtenor on January 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Stephen Schwartz and John Caird have teamed up to create one of the greatest musicals ever written - one of my three favorite musicals of all time. Unlike many of the new musicals of the past 20 years, CHILDREN OF EDEN can be successfully produced by organizations of any budget or talent level. Well-written characters as well as wonderful ensemble parts populate this show. Opportunities for creative costuming and choreography abound, but the show is effective without either. Small organizations can have actors portray different characters in the first and second acts. As the album demonstrates, casting can be color-blind. Also, this is a show the whole family can enjoy - there's no swearing, there's no sexual innuendo, and there's very little violence.

THE BOOK:
What's most amazing about CHILDREN OF EDEN is Caird's book. He takes the most familiar stories from the book of Genesis - Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the ark - and relates them to the most profound and common experiences of family life. (True, Caird takes some liberties with his source material, but the details he adds only enhance the relevance of these Biblical characters to our lives.) Along the way, Caird tackles a number of the greatest enigmas of life: Why does God seem to abandon us from time to time? Why should we pray? How do you prevent a teenager from rebelling? Who can "play God" with the welfare of others? Who can forgive others' transgressions? There are so many issues packed into this musical, but Caird delves into each masterfully. The show never gets too weighty, nor does it seem rushed. Eve's soliloquy at the end of Act I may be the best humdinger of a death scene ever written!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "kaht" on January 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am fortunate enough to not only have heard this AMAZING musical but to be a part of it. In 5 weeks time, a choir which I am in, is producing "Children of Eden". I am fully aware that I am even luckier to be cast as the parts of Eve/Mama Noah.
This CD is astounding. You don't have to be religious to love it - but I would say that if you are a musical lover this is a CD which HAS to be added to your collection. The music itself is deeply moving, the vocals are so powerful and the lyrics are an inspiration to ua all.
The story of Father's(God's) battle to win his children is incredible and it definitley hits you hard - no matter who you are. It just shows how hard it is to be a parent and the sacrifices that sometimes have to be made. I don't have a favourite song - everything is so wonderful that I can't decide! If you buy this CD, you will feel an emotion which you have never ever felt before. I don't know what it is, but it's there every single time you hear the words of the songs. It will make you cry tears of joy and of sympathy but most of all it will entrance you into knowing that this is the BEST musical of all time. It certainly gives you something to think about. From the song "Children of Eden":
"You will know heartache, Prayers that wont work And times of bitter circumstances, But I still believe, In second chances."
Believe it - there is hope!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
As a recent cast member of "Children of Eden," an inspiring musical by Stephen Schwartz, I fell in love with this soundtrack. The range of vocals, much like the generations in the cast, are varied and sharp. In the beginning (no pun intended) you begin to feel a pull toward the intensity of the story of Adam and Eve and Noah in this wonderful adaptation of the book of Genesis. The father/child relationship portrayed in the musical compare equally with this culturally diverse world in which we live. Because most of the script is lyrical, you will hear more than 90% of the play on the soundtrack. Thus, we were challenged, as a theatrical company, to produce on stage a performance that equaled the music. The bad news is one of the songs, "Good," sung by Adam in Act I, is sadly missing from album. The good news is one of the songs, "Close to Home," sung by Adam, Eve & Abel, is sung in its entirety on this soundtrack. In the musical, only the first verse is sung. When the story in Act I closes you can imagine a single light illuminating Eve as she sings "Children of Eden," the final number of Act I. As the chorus joins in, the power of the number will send tingles up your spine. You know Eve is called home, you know she's about to die, yet the number is tremendously and spiritually uplifting. Even as the last of the chords sound on Disc One, you will have Disc Two in your hand, ready to play. And as the tribal sounds of Act II's opening number, "Generations," echo through your mind, you will begin the second half of a journey which will grab at your soul and not let go.
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