The Songs of the Fall

musicals and operas · ben boquist · Ages 13+ · United States of America

world premiere
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MIRIAM PRELL certified reviewer June 07, 2015
Really enjoyed this musical. The talented cast, engaging story (retelling of the creation story with twists and turns woven into an unexpected plot) and catchy musical numbers left us interpreting the meaning and comparing and contrasting the characters and events with what we learned in Sunday school. Entertaining. Everyone should watch it at least once.... full review
KHAD YOUNG certified reviewer June 08, 2015
What can I say? This show is phenomenal. I didn't even realize how invested I had become in the characters until the end where I discovered I had really been hooked. So emotional! And the music gets stuck in your head. I want the soundtrack. And I want to see this ten more times! A great story of love, betrayal, and redemption told through a modern lens in a completely timeless way. I only wish my review was half as good as the show. It deals with stories you have heard (and probably lived) your whole life in a fresh and thoughtful way. You'll be talking about it for weeks and humming the songs for at least as long.... full review
ALAN HIRSCH certified reviewer June 08, 2015
Loved Songs of the Fall. The script is funny, the themes deep, the concepts quirky, and the music catchy. What's not to like? ... full review
JONATHAN WICKREMASINGHE-KUHN certified reviewer June 23, 2015
They did a great job with the set design, particularly utilizing the characters to change it between scenes. However, this was the only element that stood out to me. Most of the songs sounded similar. For anyone familiar with the story of Adam & Eve, a lot of the story is retreading ground that's been covered lots of times before, and it doesn't mix it up or provide a unique spin on it. The parts of the story set in modern day felt very pat, none of it was that gripping or engaging. I think it could be helped a lot by embracing the humor. There were a few good laughs, but most of the story was played straight. If it were funnier, it would likely be a lot more enjoyable. ... full review
KEVIN RAMON certified reviewer June 17, 2015
I saw this for first time as a staged reading and it was good then. The re-imagining of the oldest story in the book offers new insight into the Fall and re-imagines the roles of Lucifer/Satan and how we experience sin. The acting was good. The production values are great with the exception of the sound at times. It is a deeply moving story on many levels. Lucifer, Adam and Eve are definitely the stars. Go see for yourself! You will love and may find yourself re-imagining the oldest story as well. ... full review
KATIE BICKERSTAFF certified reviewer June 23, 2015
Wonderful show! The writing was clever and inspiring. The music was catchy and the acting was great. Loved it! Very well done!... full review
TRAVIS MICHAEL HOLDER certified reviewer June 17, 2015
Attending one of the many entries presented each June as part of Fringe is something of a roll of the dice, especially when the production is an original musical mounted utilizing only the limited bells and whistles available in a small black box space in the Complex. There were many red flags surrounding the premiere of Ben Boquist’s SONGS OF THE FALL, not the least of which is that it was touted as a “pop/rock musical with a fresh and controversial take on the Adam and Eve myth,” promising to explore themes of race, gender, addiction, and even reincarnation by asking “what really happened in the Garden of Eden.” Sounds like something that might make some of us who consider ourselves challenged by sappy musical theater offerings, not to me... full review
GARY BOOHER certified reviewer June 21, 2015
Overhyped and disappointing, and better named "Songs for the Faithful", this religious tract has a vapid script and songs with insipid lyrics and rinky-tink music, sung mostly by non-singing inexperienced actors. It is simply bad storytelling and is NOT musical! (It often hurt my ears!) An unadvertised warning sign of another vanity production is having the composer and writer also as the lead actor. Go to church for better theater, entertainment and storytelling. Amen....... full review