If anyone wants to read the script to my musical Eden in Babylon, I’ve got it posted right here:
EDEN IN BABYLON (MUSICAL LIBRETTO)
I had been working on some revisions, mainly removing some of the harsher “street language,” so as to increase the likelihood it might be produced at the high school level. Prior to COVID-19, we began discussing shooting for a high school production, since at that level, there is no taboo against producing large-cast shows.
As an American musical in the tradition of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Eden in Babylon has a cast of 27, which is fairly large. This makes it difficult to produce in a world that naturally values economy. The musical is usually rejected these days on cast size alone, without anyone actually looking at the script.
I knew this when I was writing it. But I guess I had a chip on my shoulder. You see, I like the traditional American musical. It’s a nice medium between the straight play (Shaw, Albee, etc.) and British Comic Light Opera (such as Gilbert & Sullivan.) It’s also a uniquely American genre — though perhaps that point can be argued.
I had this crazy idea that if I used the traditional American musical concept — which is to present life not as it is, but as it ought to be) – and wrote a musical in traditional American musical form, I might just be able to appeal to those who can afford season’s tickets at community or regional theaters — you know, people who enjoy musicals.
And the final Scene definitely does not present life as it is. But it sure presents it as it ought to be. So — hope you like my work.
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