The Ark

Michael McLean

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The Ark Review

by Dacia A. Blodgett-Williams

Longtime LDS songwriter Michael McLean joined forces with musical librettist Kevin Kelly for this delightful look at the Biblical Noah and his days on the ark. This album features the songs from the musical, but is not a soundtrack of the original production of the musical. McLean's trademark humor pops up all over the musical, and Kelly does a terrific job of giving each character a turn upstage, even some of the animals! Several of the pieces are quite hilarious, particularly the tune "Dinner" in which all the young humans start envisioning the ark's precious cargo as their next meal. However, the duo never loses sight of the underlying message of Noah's story, which is one of obedience, faith and courage. The first act effectively communicates the basic concerns of each character, with focus on son Ham's (role performed by tenor David Barrus) struggle with the gospel. In the second act, one by one, each character is reminded and accepting of the principles of following God, the Word and the Holy Spirit's counsel. They join forces and sing a triumphant ode to their little "Ship Without an Ocean."

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