We were a little apprehensive as this musical is rather on the biblical side . Not quite our scene. But our friends convinced us that it was still OK. So we bought tickets and put it in our agenda. Yesterday we walked to the theatre and found some other friends pretty quickly. We were seated in decent places on the 6th row.
As the musical follows Genesis pretty well the story is known.At the start I had a sound of music feeling. Some of the people on stage were wearing clothes that were made from the same fabric as the curtains. Granted it made that they could “hide” there, but I was expecting somebody to bellow out “The hills are alive”. But of course no such thing.
The guy playing god was impressive, fatherly but not your average ancient bearded man, yet a deep voice. Eve was shown to be more curious than anything else and the snake was totally funny. Kain, I have to say, was a great character. I liked him a lot. Not the evil, brother bashing guy his is often portrayed as, but a curious, adventurous man who accidentally kills his brother and pays for it dearly. Much more interesting than his pious younger brother. It made me think of one of my favourite Boudewijn de Groot songs – Eva. Lyrics here
Halfway through the first act we started to smell smoke, As if something was burning. Everybody in the theatre (including the orchestra – we later learned) was looking around, where the smoke came from and where the nearest emergency exit was. To be honest Nobody was looking at the show anymore, where actors continued Titanic style. Some people even got up. We ended up thinking that it was the smoke machine being a bit too hot. During the interlude it was announced that it was actually the open fire at the restaurant across the street. The air refreshing installation pulled in the burning smell from that fire. Despite us accusing the smoke machine we were quite relieved.
The second act was less slow, though the ark was not quite up to standard from a building perspective. Noach’s wife was magnificent in her song and that should have been the end of the musical. Flood down we are safe, move on with life. But no we have to have a shire moment – coming back home and being not completely happy, and then go to the grey havens with the elephants – Oh no that was mixing two things up. But yes it was how it felt. The end part could have been left out.
The singers in the musical were sometimes hard to understand and sometimes it was sung out of key. The orchestra, we knew, clearly had not had time to fully master their score, so was also not always correct. But that did not matter. The people on stage clearly had fun, the orchestra had fun and so did we, the audience. But to be honest I would not have chosen this musical. Not my cup of tea at all. Next year a fairy tale the Princess and the pea, much more to my liking in subject. If our friends are in the orchestra again, we will be in the audience.