WST opens its 2011-12 season in Philadelphia Sept. 6-Oct. 23 with the European-set tale based on the novel by David Garnett. Opening night is Sept. 14. Bruce Lumpkin (WST's Miss Saigon, among many others) directs the through-composed London (1989) and Broadway (1990) musical that has music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart.
Wills' Broadway credits include Wonderful Town, The Woman in White and The Phantom of the Opera. Hagerty appeared in WST's Miss Saigon. Schoeffler was Hertz in the original Broadway cast of Rock of Ages, and played Javert in WST's Les Misérables and Lawrence Jameson in WST's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Here's how WST bills the Tony Award-nominated musical: "Aspects of Love is a romantic musical spanning 20 years binding six people and three generations as they come to appreciate that 'love changes everything.' The story is set against the background of 1940s France and Italy. Alex Dillingham, a young student traveling through France, falls in love with the alluring actress Rose Vibert. As the pair embarks on a passionate affair, the unexpected arrival of Alex's uncle changes their lives forever."
The Walnut's "reinterpretation" follows a 2010 revised revival at London's Menier Chocolate Factory. (This is not a smaller-cast production, however.)
The WST troupe also includes Danielle G. Herbert (WST's My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra) as George's Italian lover Giulietta Trapani; Laurent Giroux (Marcel Richard); Jenna Brooke Scannelli (Jenny Dillingham); Denise Whelan (Elizabeth); Denis Lambert (Hugo LeMeunier) and Peter Schmitz (Jerome). Local child actors and Walnut veterans Arin Edelstein and Claire Norden will share the role of Young Jenny. The ensemble includes Michael Brian Dunn, Daniel Lynn Evans, Liz Filios, Marissa K. Hines, Denis Lambert, Shaun Parry, Chad Parsons, Rebecca Robbins, Kerri Rose, Peter Schmitz, Denise Whelan and Dana Winkle. The creative team includes choreographer Michelle Gaudette, musical director Douglass G. Lutz, scenic designer John Farrell, lighting designer Jack Jacobs, sound designer David Temby and costume designer Colleen Grady.
For tickets and more information, visit www.WalnutStreetTheatre.org.