Encores!

Love Life

Theater

Mainstage

Mar 18 – 22, 2020

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Overview

Overview

“WEILL HAS NEVER COMPOSED A MORE VERSATILE SCORE, WITH AGREEABLE MUSIC IN SO MANY MOODS—HOT, COMIC, BLUE, SATIRIC, AND ROMANTIC”
The New York Times (1948 Broadway premiere)

Love Life, the only collaboration between Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner, is a journey through 157 years of American history with a family that never grows any older. Susan and Sam—a married couple played by Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow; Hello, Dolly!) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (City Center’s The Band Wagon, Ragtime)—start out on an idyllic, post-revolutionary farm community only to live through the Industrial Revolution, the era of mechanization, the Great Depression, and into a post-World War II America that is all but unrecognizable to them.

Directed by Victoria Clark, this touching story about falling out of love is accentuated with vaudevillian acts and features some of Weill’s most beautiful and liveliest songs, including “Mr. Right” and “Here I’ll Stay,” as well as satiric barbs at the American dream such as “Progress” and “Economics” that in some ways are reminiscent of Weill’s work on The Threepenny Opera. Although Love Life has largely lived in the shadows since its season-long run in 1948, it has had a direct impact on Broadway shows such as Cabaret, Chicago, and Company.

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Point of View

Point of View

  • Kurt Weill has written one of his most flexible and idiomatic scores
    The New York Times (1948 Broadway premiere)

  • Without Encores! I don’t think we would have an opportunity to look at this piece. It’s a really groundbreaking show.
    —Victoria Clark (Love Life Director)

Production Credits

Production Credits

Music and Lyrics by Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner
Book by Alan Jay Lerner
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Choreographed by JoAnn Hunter
Music Director Rob Berman
Directed by Victoria Clark

Starring Kate Baldwin and Brian Stokes Mitchell

Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel
Encores! Music Director Rob Berman

Related Events

Related Events

Love Life is part of the 2020 Encores! season along with Mack & Mabel and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Sponsors

Sponsors

Major support for Encores! is provided by
Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater

Season Sponsors
Roz and Jerry Meyer
The Shubert Foundation
Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!

Additional support is provided by
The Frederick Loewe Foundation
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.
The SHS Foundation
The Ted Snowdon Foundation