Falling For Eve

On Thursday, July 22, 2010, I saw the new Off-Broadway musical "Falling For Eve" at the York Theatre. Written by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro with music by David Howard and lyrics by Bret Simmons, this brand new musical was entertaining, fun, and thought-provoking. Starring fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participants Adam Kantor and Jose Llana (posting coming soon) along with Krystal Joy Brown, Jennifer Blood, Nehal Joshi, and Sasha Sloan, "Falling For Eve" is a re-telling of Adam & Eve....what happens when Eve bites the apple and Adam doesn't? How will the human race be created? Those questions and so many more are answered in the 90 minutes.

Adam Kantor and Sasha Sloan star as "God," Jose Llana as "Adam," Krystal Joy Brown as "Eve," Jennifer Blood as "Sarah," and Nehal Joshi as "Michael." Overall the cast works well together. Jose and Krystal have great chemistry, stage presence, and dynamite powerhouse vocals. When they are singing, the audience is listening. Adam and Sasha also work well together, playing the same part (a very interesting idea). Both had great comedic timing. Jennifer and Nehal played well off of each other as the Angels assisting God while wanting to bring "Adam" & "Eve" together. All the characters contemplated right from wrong according to what worked best for them.  "Eve," desperate to find out what life was like outside of Eden, took the risk and bit the apple, resulting in her being banished from the Garden of Eden. "Adam," struggled with wanting to obey God, but also longing to be with "Eve" and knowing the only way to get there is to bite the apple, but he kept resisting. "Michael" and "Sarah" waived back and forth wanting to obey God, but also wanting to explore the romantic feelings for each other. With all this drama, the show played it out well, making one think, is it better to take the risk and get hurt, but grow stronger, or play it safe and remain inside the security of what you know?

The musical numbers had their strong points. "I Like You," when "Adam" and "Eve" realized they were falling for each other, a beautiful love song. "Where Will I Sleep Tonight" where "Eve" doesn't know where she is going now that she is gone from Eden. I could tell Krystal had the vocals in the earlier songs, but this was the song where she really let loose and blew the audience away! This song made me think of the many times I felt lost, but knew I'd find my footing. "Now What?" had "Michael," "God," "Sarah", and "Adam" wondering what will happen now that "Eve" is gone, though it made met think of several scenarios in my life where I wondered "Now What?" is coming. "There's A Space Next To Me" was a beautiful song about "Adam," "Eve," "Sarah," and "Michael" sending the message out that they all long for each other. "Eve" sung by "Adam" has him missing "Eve" and wondering if she's alright. Both "There's A Space Next To Me" and "Eve" made me think of the many friends and family I long to be near again. "Once A Life Ago" has "God," "Eve," and "Adam" singing about the life they used to have and their life gone by which made me think of my past and life gone by. "Something Just Happened To Me" is where "Adam" realizes he has to take the step forward and bite to apple if he's ever going to get to "Eve." There were several songs where Jose's voice shined, but this was the one that took the gold! The song made me think of all the steps and risks I've taken in my life to get to where I am. I'm happier I took the risks rather than sat on the sidelines, for if I didn't take the risk, this blog and joy I get from it would not be.

If you're looking for a show that is thought-provking, yet fun and enjoyable, check out "Falling For Eve" at the York Theatre (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC) through August 8. Showtimes are Tues at 7pm, Wed-Saturday at 8pm, Sat at 2:30pm, Sun at 2:30pm. Click here for tickets!

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