One Bad Apple
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Book & Lyrics by Raphe Beck & Christopher La Puma
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Published by Dramatic Publishing. 

Synopsis

In the beginning, God created man; that was her first mistake. Thus begins One Bad Apple, a musical comedy that turns the Book of Genesis into the first battle of the sexes. In a very corporate world of Creation, two competitive angels pit Adam and Eve against each other to see which prototype will be the more successful model for the human race. When their experiment takes on a life of its own, God kicks the humans out of Eden and considers scrapping the whole thing and starting over. Unless Adam and Eve can prove their worth before the end of the sixth day, they are doomed. And yes, there’s a nervous snake, a resentful devil, and a juicy red piece of fruit.

The play’s tale of creation is spun with joy and attitude. One Bad Apple is a polished, detailed and intelligent treat.” – The Northwest Current

History

One Bad Apple - History
Rocky River High School, North Carolina.

One Bad Apple was originally commissioned and premiered at Stanford University in 1991. Since then it has received numerous productions in California, Michigan, Canada, and the Washington DC Area, including a 1999 Equity benefit for homeless families at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage.

Musical Numbers

ACT I

1. JUST SIX DAYS - God, Chorus
1. JUST SIX DAYS - God, Chorus

2. ADAM'S CREATION - God
2. ADAM'S CREATION - God

3. THE GAME OF THE NAME - Adam

4. EVE'S CREATION - God

5. THE ONLY ONE FOR ME - Adam, Eve

6. POOR ME - Lucifer, Snake
6. POOR ME - Lucifer, Snake

7. TASTE THE SURPRISE - Snake

8. BEFORE THE DAWN - All

ACT II

9. GO, GOLDEN CHERUBS - Angela, Chorus

10. LESS THAN PERFECT - Eve

11. WHAT THE DEVIL - God, Lucifer

12. IN YOUR HEART - Raphael, Chorus
12. IN YOUR HEART - Raphael, Chorus

13. POOR ME (Rep) - Lucifer

14. BEFORE THE DAWN (Rep) - God, Chorus

15. FINALE - All

 

Rocky River High School, North Carolina
Rocky River High School, North Carolina

Listen to the cast album on Spotify.

Production Elements

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Rocky River High School, North Carolina

Cast: 4 Women, 6 Men and Chorus

Female:
GOD – Alto Belt
EVE – Mezzo
GABRIEL – Alto
ANGELA – Alto Belt

Male:
LUCIFER – Baritone
ADAM – Baritone/Tenor
MICHAEL – Baritone
RAPHAEL – Tenor
SNAKE – Tenor
MALICE (Non-singing role)

Music: Gospel/Jazz mixed with traditional Musical Theatre, scored for Piano, Reed (Flute, Alto & Soprano Saxophone), Harp, Acoustic Bass, and Drums. Accompaniment tracks available.
Musical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Requirements: Minimal
Suggested Audience: All ages

Authors

DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA (music) – see her bio page

Purchase

Listen to the cast album on Spotify.

Purchase the CD from Amazon.

Buy the cast album from Bandcamp.

Buy the script from Dramatic Publishing.

 

Vocal Work Out! CD

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