The Apple Tree is a three act musical with three different parts: the first being based on Mark Twain's The Diary of Adam and Eve, the second based on Frank R. Stockton's The Lady or the Tiger? and the third based off Passionella by Jules Feiffer. Each has its own story line, but all are tied together by the common theme of the relationship between man and woman, common musical themes, and common references such as "Why Brown?" The musical opened on October 18, 1966, at the Shubert Theatre (in New York), and ran for 463 performances, closing on November 25, 1967. It originally starred Barbara Harris
(who won a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for the role), Alan Alda
, and Larry Blyden
. The Apple Tree also received several other major Tony nominations: Alda for Best Actor in a Musical, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick for Best Composer and Lyricist, Mike Nichols for Best Direction of a Musical, Lee Theodore for Best Choreography, and the show itself for Best Musical. The Roundabout Theatre Company
, one of New York’s largest not-for-profit theatre companies, mounted a revival in December 2006 with Kristin Chenoweth
, Brian D'Arcy James
in Alda's roles and Marc Kudisch
in Blyden's. The reviews commonly say the musical is a bit dated but Chenoweth's performance is a marvel that keeps audiences coming. The revival of the Apple Tree comes to a close March 11,2007.
The Diary of Adam and Eve
Here in Eden
The Apple Tree (Forbidden Fruit)
Beautiful, Beautiful world
It's A Fish
Go to Sleep, Whatever You Are
What Makes Me Love Him?
The Lady or the Tiger?
The Lady or the Tiger Prelude
I'll Tell You a Truth
Forbidden Love (in Gaul)
The Apple Tree reprise
I've Got What You Want
Make Way reprise
I'll Tell You a Truth reprise
Oh, To Be a Movie Star
(Who, Who, Who, Who) Who is She?
You Are Not Real
Kristin Chenoweth played her four roles in the Apple Tree wonderfully.