Aspects of Love Expected at London's Menier; Season Details Emerge

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Tony and Olivier Award-winning director Trevor Nunn will revisit Aspects of Love, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical which he originally staged in London and on Broadway, for the Menier Chocolate Factory this summer.

Variety reports that Nunn will direct the first major London revival of the romantic musical; it will play July 3-Sept. 11 at the Menier. Casting hast not been announced.

Composer Lloyd Webber adapted the musical from the 1955 David Garnett novella of the same title. Aspects of Love has lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart. The musical explores interconnected love affairs that cross generations and family lines.

The original London Aspects premiered in 1989 at the Prince of Wales Theatre and ran for 1,325 performances. The Broadway transfer, which was not a critical favorite, opened at the Broadhurst Theatre in 1990 and lasted 377 performances. Nunn earned a Tony nomination for his direction.

Additional Menier season details include complete casting for the world-premiere musical Paradise Found, a new collaboration between Tony-winning theatre veterans Harold Prince and Susan Stroman, which will star Tony Award-winning actor Mandy Patinkin.

American actors reported for the show are Kate Baldwin, John Cullum, Shuler Hensley and Judy Kaye. Based on the Joseph Roth novel "The Tale of the 1002nd Night," Paradise Found will have music by Johann Strauss Jr. adapted by Jonathan Tunick, with a book by Richard Nelson and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh. Performances run May 19-June 26. The Menier will also offer repertory productions of Willy Russell's Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, which will begin March 26. Rita will feature Larry Lamb and Laura Dos Santos under the direction of Jeremy Sams, while Shirley is set to star Meera Syal with Glen Walford directing.

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