The Story
The Apple Tree



Additional Material
This is a series of three musical playlets. Each act has its own storyline, but all three are tied together by a common theme (someone who believes that they want something, but once they get what they wanted they realize that it wasn't what they wanted) and common references, such as references to the color brown. The first act is based on Mark Twain's "The Diary of Adam and Eve", the second act is based on Frank R. Stockton's "The Lady or the Tiger?", and the third act is based on Jules Feiffer's "Passionella".

2005 Broadway Revival
Artworks/ Posters

Kristin Chenoweth and company in a few excerpts from the 2005 Broadway revival in this promotional video.

Barbara Harris
Original Broadway Cast Recording


ACT ONE: The Diary of Adam and Eve

In the first story, Adam is awoken to find that he is required to name all of the animals. He names them simply: flyers, swimmers and crawlers. He enjoys being the "sole and single man" on Earth. Then, he meets Eve the "long haired creature" in the garden. Eve greatly enjoys her time "Here in Eden", and begins to name everything with more detailed names: cows, ducks, horses, etc. Adam becomes annoyed with Eve and she hurts his feelings by thinking that she is superior to him. Eve doesn't think that Adam appreciates her and he makes her feel put out, but she begins to have some "Feelings" for him. Adam builds a shelter for himself, but when he sees Eve sitting in the rain he invites her in, where she immediately begins redecorating -- including adding flowers, which Adam hates. Although Adam is annoyed, he too begins to have feelings for "Eve". Adam and Eve get into another argument, this time about cutting the grass around their house. After the fight, Adam storms away and Eve decides to go to a pond, where she thinks that her reflection is someone just like her and that they are best "Friends". Soon, a snake appears. The snake appears to know everything, and tells Eve that she can know everything, too, as long as she eats the apples from the tree over the hill -- the tree that Adam told her was forbidden. The snake tells her that Adam is wrong and that the apples are not "Forbidden Fruit". She eats an apple, but suddenly Adam realizes that something has happened to his "Beautiful, Beautiful World". Once the couple is out of Eden, they become closer. They now need each other more and have come to tolerate each other's weaknesses. Soon, Eve has their first child, Cain, but Adam thinks that "It's a Fish". Eve sings the baby a "Lullaby", and soon they have another son, Abel. After the boys grow up, Cain kills Abel and Eve reflects on her life, including her feelings for Adam. She tells Adam that she wants the two of them to die together, or at least have her die first because she needs him more than he needs her (to which he protests). She then reflects on "What Makes Me Love Him". Eve dies and Adam, who always hated flowers, begins to water her garden, because she loved the flowers so much.

ACT TWO: The Lady or the Tiger?

The second story takes place in a somewhat barbaric kingdom. The story is told by a balladeer, who says "I'll Tell You a Truth" about love and jealousy. He introduces us to King Arik and his daughter Princess Barbara, who enter a great banquet ("Make Way") that is being held. They show a traditional trial: the prisoner is put into a large arena with two doors. Behind one door is a beautiful woman -if the prisoner chooses that door, he is innocent and is required to marry the woman. Behind the other door is a ravenous tiger. If the prisoner chooses that door, he is deemed guilty and the tiger will kill him. After the trial, the King's Captain Sanjar enters, after returning from a long battle that they have won. The captain collapses, but the King and his court leave him there and decide to celebrate. A slave, Nadjira, stays behind to comfort him, but Princess Barbara comes back and orders that she leave. We then discover that Barbara and Sanjar are in love, but that because of class no one can know. They discuss their "Forbidden Love" and consider running away to Gaul. They realize that their place is here, and while they are stealing a kiss, King Arik walks in and catches them. King Arik sentences Sanjar to a trial, much to Barbara's dismay. She decides to find out which door the tiger is behind so that Sanjar is not slaughtered. She asks the Royal Tiger Keeper (who is also the balladeer) to tell her which door hides the tiger. He tells her, but first warns her about having the information. She sings to herself, "I've Got What You Want", until she sees Nadjira being led to the arena to hide behind the other door. Barbara had forgotten about this door, but she now realizes that he will have to marry Nadjira if he doesn't chose the door with the "Tiger, Tiger". King Arik, Princess Barbara and their court entourage enter the arena ("Make Way (reprise)") and the court contemplates "Which Door" Sanjar will choose. Sanjar begs Barbara to tell him which door to choose, and hesitating, she points to a door. The balladeer reenters and in the "I'll Tell You a Truth (reprise)", he sings about the pains of jealousy. We never learn which door Barbara chose for Sanjar.

ACT THREE: Passionella

In the final story we are introduced to a chimney sweep, Ella. This story is told by a Narrator. Ella sings about the perils of being a chimney sweep and how great it would be to be famous ("Oh, to be a Movie Star"). One day, Ella comes home to find that her television is not working. Suddenly her Friendly Neighborhood Godmother (also the narrator) appears and grants her "her most cherished wish." Suddenly, Ella becomes "Gorgeous", however she can only be Passionella from the seven o'clock news until the end of the late late show (7 P.M. until 4 A.M.). She then leaves her house, where the people wonder "Who is She?" A producer signs her to a lifetime contract, and she instantly becomes a star. Men love her and women wish to be exactly like her, and she knows exactly how they feel ("I Know"). Ella is still sad, though. She has fame, beauty and "Wealth", but she wants love. She meets Flip, a famous singer who is also is hippie, and falls in love with him, but he rejects her, telling her "You Are Not Real". Because of this, Passionella goes to her producer and tells him that she will retire unless she can play a chimney sweep in her next movie. He agrees, and Passionella wins the Academy Award for her role. Flip presents the award to her, and he realizes that he loves her -- he then proposes. The couple goes home and make love in front of the television, but they lose track of time, and suddenly it is 4 A.M. Passionella is now Ella, but Flip is no longer Flip, either - he is George L. Brown. They get to know each other's true self and live happily ever after.


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Orchestrations JONATHAN TUNICK
Lighting Design DONALD HOLDER
Eve, Princess Barbara, Ella, Passionella KRISTIN CHENOWETH
Adam, Flip, Prince Charming BRIAN D'ARCY JAMES
Snake, Balladeer, Narrator MARK KUDISCH
Musical Staging LEE THEODORE
Orchestrations EDDIE SAUTER
Scenic Design TONY WALTON
Costume Design TONY WALTON
Lighting Design NAME
Eve, Princess Barbara, Ella, Passionella BARBARA HARRIS
Adam, Flip, Prince Charming ALAN ALDA
Snake, Balladeer, Narrator LARRY BLYDEN

Eden PreludeThe Orchestra
Here in EdenEve
The Apple Tree (Forbidden Fruit)Snake
Beautiful, Beautiful WorldAdam
It's A FishAdam
Go To Sleep Whatever You AreEve
What Makes Me Love HimEve


The Lady or the Tiger PreludeThe Orchestra
I'll Tell You A TruthBalladeer
Make WayKing Arik and King Arik's Court
Forbidden Love (In Gaul)Princess Barbara and Captain Sanjar
The Apple Tree (Reprise)Balladeer
I've Got What You WantPrincess Barbara
Tiger, TigerPrincess Barbara
Make Way (Reprise)King Arik's Court
Which Door?Captain Sanjar, Princess Barbara, King Arik and King Arik's Court
I'll Tell You A Truth (Reprise)Balladeer


Passionella Mini-OvertureThe Orchestra
Oh, To Be a Movie StarElla
(Who, Who, Who, Who) Who Is She?The Company
You Are Not RealFlip, the Prince, Charming and The Company
George LElla and George

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2005 Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

Kristin Chenoweth and company in a few excerpts from the 2005 Broadway revival in this promotional video.

Wealth Barbara Harris Original Broadway Cast Recording

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