My name is Andy Pope. I am a lifelong pianist, composer, and musical playwright. In recent years, I have also been involved with journalism. My work has appeared on the independent news site Berkeleyside, the blog site Classism Exposed, and the site Spokane Faith and Values. I’ve also been published in a newspaper called Street Spirit, where my column — Homeless No More — has encouraged those who have escaped homelessness during their transition to indoor living.
Eden in Babylon is a traditional musical in the spirit of Rodgers & Hammerstein, but with a progressive score and topical themes. In exploring the effects of homelessness on the youth of 21st Century America, it portrays the hugeness of the ever-widening gap between the super-rich and the grossly impoverished in today’s society. Though meant to raise awareness, Eden in Babylon also adheres to the time-honored maxims that distinguish American musical theatre from other genres of the Performing Arts. While no one would call the show “unrealistic,” it still winds up on the happy note of presenting life not as it is — but as it ought to be.
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