GRAMMY® Award-nominated and international recording artist, Deborah Cox, takes on the role of Eve/Mama in the much-anticipated Children of Eden production, scheduled to open at Chicagoland’s historic Arcada Theatre in the summer of 2021.
Deborah Cox has released six critically-acclaimed albums, including her debut project Deborah Cox, One Wish, The Morning After, Remixed, Destination Moon, and The Promise. Cox has six Top 20 Billboard R&B and Pop singles and an impressive thirteen No. 1 records on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play Chart. Cox is best known for her global mega-hit “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here,” which held the record for the longest running No. 1 single on Billboard’s R&B chart.
Cox has performed with superstars Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, and Cyndi Lauper, among others. The Canadian-born songstress has successfully carved out her place within the worlds of Broadway, television, film, and fashion. As an actress, Cox was last seen as Rachel Marron in the sold-out national tour, THE BODYGUARD: THE MUSICAL. She has continued her work on screen and stage in several key roles, including the voice of Whitney Houston in Lifetime’s biopic Whitney, directed by Angela Bassett. Cox received rave reviews in media outlets, including the New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Newsday, the Boston Globe, ESSENCE, and numerous others. In 2013, she also co-starred as Lucy in Frank Wildhorn and Steve Cuden’s Broadway musical JEKYLL & HYDE. In 2004, Cox made her Broadway debut in the lead role of Elton John’s and Tim Rice’s Broadway musical, AIDA.
Cox has also been recognized for her longstanding commitment to various social issues in the LGBTQ community. She was recognized by The Harvey Milk Foundation for her efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Cox will be joining previously announced cast members, Tony-nominee, Norm Lewis, award-winning gospel artist, David Phelps, and America’s Got Talent finalist, Brian Justin Crum. Children of Eden’s award-winning artistic team includes: Stephen Schwartz (Music and Lyrics); John Caird (Book); Brenda Didier (Director/Choreographer); Christopher Carter (Co-Choreographer); Jermaine Hill (Music Director); Tom Vendafredo (Choral Director); Alexander Ridgers (Lighting); Kevan Loney (Projection Design); and Jeff Kmiec (Scenic Design). The production will be produced through a special arrangement between the Chicagoland Theatre Fund and Onesti Entertainment.
Freely based on the Biblical book of Genesis, Children of Eden, with book and score by John Caird (Les Mis, Nicholas Nickelby) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Disney’s Pocahontas), respectively, provides a unique telling of the story of creation through the epic of Noah and the flood. Scheduled to open August 6, 2021 at the Arcada Theatre- located just 45 minutes from O’Hare Airport- the show will be a theatrical celebration, with a cast of over 50 alumni from Chicago and New York stages.
Single tickets are not yet on sale; group purchases of 10+ can be made through Onesti Entertainment at 630-962-7000 or by email through [email protected]. The musical’s official website is childrenofedenthemusical.com, where ticket buyers can subscribe for show announcements and presale access.