150 Animals to Star in Massive 'Ark' Musical

Where? Where but Branson, Missouri?
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2008 8:48 AM CDT
Director Earl Grove works discusses a scene with cast members of the new stage show "Noah - The Musical" at the Sight & Sound Theater in Branson, Mo., Friday, April 25, 2008.   (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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(Newser) – Hold on to your camels, folks: A full-blown Biblical gala is opening tonight in Branson, Mo., in the form of Noah—the Musical. The show will feature more than 40 actors and 150 animals, half live, half animatronic, the Economist reports.

Featuring a four-story ark, the show will play on a wraparound stage in the nation's largest Christian theater. Besides a 339,000 square foot ceiling, the facility has its own zoo and trainers—who have taught some animals to appear by walking right up the theater's aisles.