Most of the reviews dismissed “Children Of Eden,” but even before it opened (after a month of previews) the new biblical musical was flagged by two U.S. film majors, Paramount and Fox.
Both are talking to co-producers William MacDonald and Patricia MacNaughton, but the latter said any deal is still “far down the road.”
“Eden,” with music and lyrics by “Godspell’s” Stephen Schwartz and book and staging by John Caird, is based on the Old Testament Book of Genesis, from Creation through the Flood. It opened Jan. 8 at the Prince Edward Theater, with a British-American cast that includes Ken Page in the role of God and Kevin Colson as Noah.
The show, with a £ 25 top ($47.50), can gross £ 240,000 ($457,200) for an eight-performance week in the 1,577-seat house; it breaks even at about £ 94,000 ($179,070). Early reviews tended to praise the cast, costumes and scenery, but rapped the book and lyrics.
“Eden” originally was slated for production by the Royal Shakespeare Co. (which also originated “Les Miserables” for producer Cameron MacKintosh) but was switched to the West End when the RSC began a four-month hiatus from London last November to avert possible financial collapse.