Children of Eden
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by John Caird
Based on a concept by Charles Lisanby

“A remarkable and ambitious production… ingenious…extremely talented director, Tom Wojtunik, has assembled another excellent cast and design team!” -Oscar Moore, Talk Entertainment

Outstanding Production of a Musical
Outstanding Set Design (Michael P. Kramer)

Outstanding Choreography (Christine O’Grady)


May 6 – 29, 2010


Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and John Caird’s (Les Misérables) Children of Eden is an inspirational musical about forgiveness. Loosely based on the story of Genesis, this frank, heartfelt, and often humorous examination of the timeless conflict between parents and children has been presented across the world since its London premiere in 1991. At the Astoria Performing Arts Center the act of telling this grand and epic story will be accomplished with a sense of theatrical wonder, creativity and innovation that will capture the imagination of audiences of all ages.

Sponsored by Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr., the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Dramatists Guild Fund, and NYSCA through the Queens Community Arts Fund, a regrant program of QCA.


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“A moving production of one of the best musicals that never made it to Broadway, and at $18, you get far more than you pay for… this is a moving, often beautiful production, one that is appropriately both honest and sincere.” -Dan Dinero, Theatre Is Easy

“An exquisitely unique theatrical experience that should resonate whether you are a lover of musical theater or not.” -Georgina Young-Ellis, The Georgina Press

“Any show that needs and asks so little, yet provides so much to both theatre folk and audiences alike, is basically a slam-dunk. And in its handsome and highly respectable mounting, APAC’s production gets basically everything right.” – Matthew Murray,

“You will be hard pressed to find a Children of Eden more creative and eye- and ear-filling than this Astoria Performing Arts Center production…A large, strong-voiced chorus roams all over, often standing one or two feet from you, allowing you to hear Schwartz’s mellow harmonies up close and unmiked…excellent cast and Tom Wojtunik’s lively direction!”  -Marc Miller, Back Stage

“The show is extremely well put together, with good design, a strong cast, and capable direction. This production is extremely well put together, with good design, a strong cast, and capable direction. This production of Children of Eden may be one of the most fun musicals you can go see right now.” -Case Aiken,

“If you haven’t experienced this musical, catch this really satisfying production of it before it closes.” -Lauren Yager, Reflections in Light

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