Children of Eden, a hit musical about love, family and the power of forgiveness, is hitting Aurora Theatre’s mainstage from July 18 – September 1! Telling the tale of the Book of Genesis in two acts, this family-friendly masterpiece with book by John Caird and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz covers the story of creation and the great flood – all while examining the complex love between parents and children. Audiences of all ages will appreciate the musical twist on these famous stories!
"Because we are on the precipice of incredible growth here at Aurora Theatre with our upcoming campus expansion, selecting Children of Eden as our musical opener for the 2019-2020 was an obvious choice," said Director Justin Anderson. "Among its many themes, it introduces the notion of dreaming beyond current circumstances, limitations and resources in order to embrace a more abundant and impactful future."
Boasting music from the great American composer of Wicked, Godspell and Pippin, this epic masterpiece sets the Book of Genesis soaring. The musical is widely known as Schwartz’s favorite creation. Narrated by the Storytellers, the uplifting piece takes the audience through the first nine and a half chapters of The Bible. Well-known stories of Adam, Eve and Noah have been adapted to shine a light on the themes of family dynamics, the conflict between authority and self-expression, personal responsibility, love, hope, restoration and so much more.
Aurora Theatre’s Season 24 opener, Children of Eden, showcases a stunning cast list. Suzi Bass Award-winner Brad Raymond, a renowned performer at some of the nation’s most esteemed institutions –including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Light Opera Works of Chicago, Arena Stage, The Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Opera – makes his Aurora debut as Father. Also making his Aurora debut, Maxim Gukhman will play the roles of Adam and Noah and Naima Carter Russell, Suzi Award-winner Best Lead Actress in a Musical (Memphis) returns to Aurora as Eve and Mama. Russell Alexander II, Haden Rider, Briana Young, Leslie Bellair and a large ensemble complete this stellar cast, who will perform under the award-winning creative team of director Justin Anderson, musical director Ann-Carol Pence and choreographer Ricardo Aponte.
Children of Eden will play at Aurora Theatre July 18 – September 1, with discount matinees on Tuesday, July 30 and August 20 at 10 a.m. Tickets are currently on sale; single tickets start at $30 and may be purchased online at bit.ly/ChildrenofEden or by calling the Box Office at 678-226-6222. For more information on this production or other programming, please visit auroratheatre.com.
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Under the artistic leadership of Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Anthony Rodriguez and Ann-Carol Pence, now in its 24th Season, Aurora Theatre produces professional live entertainment to suit everyone’s taste. Aurora Theatre is home to over 850 events each year. Theatrical productions are comprised of the biggest Broadway plays and musicals alongside exciting contemporary theatre. Additionally, Aurora produces concerts, stand-up comedy, children’s programs, metro Atlanta’s top haunted attraction Lawrenceville Ghost Tours, as well as Atlanta’s only professional Spanish language theatre, Teatro Aurora. Aurora Theatre is a world-class theatrical facility with two performance venues. Nestled on the square in historic downtown Lawrenceville, Aurora has FREE attached covered parking and is surrounded by restaurants and shops. Aurora Theatre has garnered numerous accolades highlighted by recent achievements that include a 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities, winner of six 2018 Suzi Bass Awards, Creative Loafing’s “2010 Best Theatre Company,” Georgia Trend Magazine’s “2011 Best Places to Work in Georgia,” Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “2012 Best Places to Work,” Atlanta Magazine’s “Best of Atlanta 2018” for Best Inclusive Programming, Gwinnett Chamber’s 2018 Inaugural Moxie Award for Outstanding Organization, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 President and CEO Award for Excellence in Arts, and Gwinnett Chamber’s 2015 IMPACT Regional Business Award for Hospitality.