Last night, at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s Church in New York, Ragtime‘s Stephanie Umoh joined the delectable cast of Falling for Eve – Jose Llana, Jennifer Blood, Nehal Joshi, Adam Kantor and Sasha Sloan – in her first performance as Eve. Umoh’s transition into this charming new Off-Broadway musical, featuring a book by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro, music by Bret Simmons and lyrics by David Howard, was a seamless one, and the cast was treated to a standing ovation from a packed house.
Helmed by Larry Raben, Falling for Eve is a fresh and unconventional retelling of the most famous romance of all time. Llana as the naive and hunky Adam is cast to perfection. Jennifer Blood and Nehal Joshi are hilarious as a pair of wise cracking angels, and a not-so-perfect God is played with style by both Adam Kantor and Sasha Sloan. How gratifying to see this sexy and talented multicultural cast onstage, reflecting what the world really looks like.
Based on David Howard’s play Adam Alone, Falling for Eve offers a second look at the world’s first love story. Creation is going perfectly. Eve, curious about what lies beyond the Garden of Eden, and obsessed with the notion that something is forbidden, bites the infamous apple. Then Adam doesn’t. How exactly they’ll get together to create the human race is anybody’s guess.
The production has music direction by Kim Steiner, musical staging by Lee Martino, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Bobby Pearce and lighting by Herrick Goldman.
Performances for Falling for Eve through August 8, are Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm. Tickets are $67.50 and are available online at www.yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the York’s box office (Enter on 54th Street, just East of Lexington).
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