Left: Promotional image from 'Noah, the Musical'
(Branson, MO) Considering the success of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, I suppose that a musical based upon the Biblical story of Noah is not so surprising. Still, there is a part of me that cringes at the commercialization of religion, especially the Christianity to which I adhere.
This is Branson, Missouri, though, and we shouldn't expect any less than an extravanganza. The Sight & Sound Theatre will open in the Spring 2008, and its 339,000 square feet will host a production with a cast of 45 actors, 150 live animals and a like number of animatronic beasts.
Two by two they will march in the facility, which will become the largest piece of Branson real estate, at least in terms of buildings. The theater is being built by Glenn and Shirley Eschelman, whose 2,000-seat Millennium Theatre in Strasburg, PA is the largest faith-based professional theater company in the country.
"I'm so excited about being part of that culture that it really confirmed in me again that it's a fit like a hand in a glove," Eschelman said. "It's a place that God has called us to with people of like faith and the same values that we have."
Hmmm... images of Christ and the moneychangers in the temple keep popping into my head, but admittedly I am a curmudgeon.