Love Story Blossoms in Musical Form at Walnut Street Sept. 4; Alexandra Silber, Will Reynolds Are Star-Crossed
By Kenneth Jones
The American premiere of Love Story, the musical, based on the best-selling Erich Segal novel, starring Alexandra Silber (Broadway's Master Class) as Jenny Cavilleri and Will Reynolds (Mamma Mia! on tour) as Oliver Barrett IV, begins Sept. 4 at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.
Direction and musical staging are by Annabel Bolton, who worked on the original English production. Previews lead to a Sept. 12 opening. The run plays to Oct. 21 on the WST Mainstage.
The show — which premiered at Chichester's Minerva Theatre in June 2010 before moving to London's West End in December 2012 — features music by Howard Goodall, book by Stephen Clark and lyrics by Clark and Goodall.
"Inspired by Erich Segal's best-selling iconic novel of the same name, and one of the most romantic films of all time, this life-affirming musical will have audiences remembering the first time they fell in love," according to WST notes. "When Oliver Barrett IV wanders into a library in search of a book, he discovers Jenny Cavilleri. They came from different worlds. He was a Harvard man, she was Radcliffe. He was rich, she was poor. But they fell in love. This is their story."
Musical and vocal direction are by Douglass G. Lutz. The creative team also includes set designer Peter McKintosh, lighting designer Shon Causer, costume designer Colleen Grady and sound designer Will Pickens.
The cast includes Charles Pistone as Phil Cavilleri, Jane Labanz as Alison, Paul L. Nolan as Oliver Barrett III, plus Pierce Cravens, Lisa Marie Gargione, Sarah Gliko, Charles Hagerty, Danielle Herbert, John Jarboe and Scott Langdon.
For tickets and information, call (215) 574-3550 or (800) 982-2787. Tickets are also available by visiting WalnutStreetTheatre.org or Ticketmaster.com.
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