Coming to an arena near you (one of 14 from Portsmouth to Aberdeen) a musical spectacular with original script by God based on his best seller the Book of Genesis. It’s a story of creation, of Original Sin, of waterfalls, of real flowers, of serpents, of apples and, of course, naked ambition. As well as song and dance and special effects on a biblical scale there’s going to be flying. Real flying. Flying on stage with no strings attached – we are promised.
“It’s magic“, says director Racky Plews: so the show combines magic with creationism.
Heaven On Earth is the brain child of creator (ahem) Sarah Jeffs who came up with the concept, wrote the book, composed the music and is lyricist to boot. Now living in Nottingham she originally hails from Connecticut and got the idea when reading bedtime stories to her young children. The music deploys the lush orchestrations that we have become so familiar with though shows such as Game of Thrones – via Arranger Geoff Alexander – and the songs will be afforded all the melodious panache of those seasoned musical performers Kerry Ellis (known as the Leading Lady of Musicals she originated the role of Meat in We Will Rock You, played Elphaba in Wicked, West End and Broadway, as well as many other starring roles) and Hugh Maynard (whose many leading roles include Sweeney Todd, The Lion King, and Miss Saigon). When asked to give a sneak preview of the kind of costumes that Adam and Eve might wear Ellis trolled us with a body-suit teaser. The show follows the Adam and Eve journey – born into paradise, tempted to sin, punished by God and… sorry, no spoilers here.
And so to God: for the Almighty you need an almighty voice and who better to supply the requisite musical thunder than The Voice himself: take a bow, Russell Watson. Known for his extensive opera work Watson also has much experience in musical theatre – including the arena show of Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds: it has been said that he “sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Sinatra”. Watson doesn’t appear on stage but sings from the gods, so to speak, and far from damning with faint praise we can be assured that Watson’s celestial vocal chords will be condemning with omnipotent resonance.
With the ever growing popularity of arena shows like the aforementioned War of the Worlds it’s certain that Heaven On Earth is going to be a seismic, emotion-stirring, not-to-be-missed event: and we’ll all be waiting with rapt anticipation to discover exactly what the Deus Ex Machina will be.
By Peter Yates
Telling the story of Adam and Eve, Heaven on Earth will be touring arenas across the UK from December 2017 through to May 2018.
This spectacular new musical is brought to audiences by Eden International Productions and journeys back to the very beginning of time.
Heaven on Earth is a classic re-telling of the story of Adam and Eve, and their fall from Paradise. It is an exhilarating story of love, loss, and redemption, and an exploration of the universal search for the meaning of life.
A huge production is planned which will see the Garden of Eden created in all its magnificent glory and a whole host of special effects including fire, water and animatronics.
Writer Sara Jeffs is the creator behind the script, music and lyrics. She said: “It is so very exciting to see my script coming to life in Heaven on Earth. “This brand new musical, and its original emotive songs, will resonate with people of all ages and backgrounds, and stay with the audience long after they view this thrilling and visual treat of a production.”
“The story of Adam and Eve is the oldest and greatest story ever told and whether you are someone with faith or someone who just enjoys the theatre and a great show this will appeal to you.”
The creative team behind Heaven on Earth includes director and choreographer Racky Plews – American Idiot (West End and Tour), Footloose (West End and Tour), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tour), set designer Jacqueline Pyle – Robbie Williams (Take The Crown Tour), Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremony (UK), Take That (Progress Live Tour), and arranger Geoff Alexander – Harry Potter, Notting Hill, Conductor for Gravity.
Heaven on Earth Tour Dates
Birmingham Barclaycard Arena 4 – 7 December 2017
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena 15 – 18 Jan 2018
Nottingham Motorpoint Arena 27 -30 Jan 2018
Leeds First Direct Arena 9th – 12 Feb 2018
Manchester Arena 22 – 25 Feb 2018
Sheffield Arena 7 – 10 March 2018
Edinburgh Royal Highland Centre 14 – 17 March 2018
Liverpool Echo Arena Liverpool 22 – 25 March 2018
Aberdeen AECC Arena 28 – 31 March 2018
Portsmouth Guildhall 4 – 7 April 2018
Newcastle Radio Metro Arena 11 – 14 April 2018
Glasgow Clyde Auditorium 18 – 21 April 2018
Exeter Westpoint Arena 26 – 29 April 2018
London Wembley 9 – 12 May 2018
UPDATE FRIDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 2017
According to cast members, the UK tour of new musical Heaven on Earth has been cancelled.
Directed and choreographed by Racky Plews (American Idiot), the new musical – a retelling of the Bible story of Adam and Eve – was due to open at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham in December, starring Kerry Ellis, Hugh Maynard and Russell Watson, before touring the UK.
Cast member Michael Colbourne tweeted earlier today saying: “Devastated we won’t get to show the world all our hard work on #Heavenonearth! It was going to be amazing!“