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A2Z: Aspects of Love

Good morning and happy first day of April! That means it's the first day of the A TO Z CHALLENGE. If you recall, I am hoping to use this year's challenge to share some of my favourite musicals and plays with y'all. So hopefully you'll stick around for the ride and enjoy! And if you have any suggestions for musicals and plays I need to see/listen to, please share them in the comments below.

For A we'll start of with one of my all time favourite musicals by Andrew Lloyd Webber - Aspects of Love. The character of Jenny was in fact a dream role when I was a teenager but alas... And I definitely had a crush on Michael Ball (Alex). But most of all, I loved the hauntingly beautiful and melodious music. Is it angsty music? Yes. Is the story an over the top soap opera? Yes. Is it some of the most beautiful music Andrew Lloyd Webber has written? YES. I can still play the CDs on repeat all day without tiring of the music one bit. This is Andrew Lloyd Webber at his finest. Perhaps that's why I posted about Aspects of Love as part of my 2017 A to Z Challenge.

Synopsis:
The musical is based on the novella by David Garnett of the same name and is a soap opera of sorts revolving around the romantic entanglements of Alex Dillingham, his uncle George Dillingham, his lover Rose Vibert, George's on/off lover Giulietta Trapani and a young Jenny Dillingham (daughter of George and Rose).

Unfortunately Aspects of Love is rarely performed (I still don't know how it bombed so terribly on Broadway - the music is so lush and the original cast was splendid) so you often will have to settle for a cast recording or (cough cough) bootlegged copy on YouTube to enjoy the beautiful music.

Favourite numbers:
If I can't say ALL, I'd say --
"Seeing is Believing"
"A Memory of a Happy Moment"
"Chanson d'Enfance"
"She'd Be Far Better Off with You"
"Mermaid Song"
"The First Man You Remember"
"Jenny This is Just as Hard for Me"

Honestly I love the entire soundtrack so choosing favourites is not easy.
 
Some Trivia:
The late Sir Roger Moore (James Bond) was originally cast as George but reportedly doubted his talent and withdrew two weeks before opening night.

It is a sad loss for all of us because there is no official recording of his performance but I did find this beautiful recording on YouTube of him singing "Other Pleasures". Man, I would have loved to have seen him as George and/or heard him on an official recording. What a handsome and sexy George he would have made...


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  1. I was not familiar with ASPECTS OF LOVE! Great post.
    Best of luck with a-z challenge.
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  2. Cool idea for a theme! It's been a while since I've been to see a musical, but I always have tremendous fun when I do. In particular, I have very fond memories of when my high school did Little Shop of Horrors.

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  3. Thanks for dropping by my blog! Your topic is fabulous! I adore musicals! I'm actually sitting in the theater for practice right now for Beauty and the Beast! We open in three weeks! Happy A to Z! Looking forward to your posts!

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  4. I have never even heard about this one before. Great start to the challenge, thank you! :) Sometimes I wonder why some plays and musicals become popular while other good ones don't. Mystery...

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  5. Thanks guys for stopping by and leaving comments!! It is so encouraging to know that others have read my posts.

    @Sand Castles and Snow Forts -- good luck with Beauty and the Beast!! Just saw a production here locally with Susan Egan as Belle which was quite a treat. :)

    Joy

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  6. Hi Joy, Interesting post.

    I worked backstage in a West End theatre after I studied Drama at college and saw Andrew Lloyd Webber dashing about the dressing rooms a couple of times. His nickname was 'Arthur'. I worked on a musical called Noel & Gertie, but it only ran for 6 months - about Noel Coward and Gertrud Lawrence, with British actors Simon Cadell and Patricia Hodge. It was fun. He wasn't involved in the production, just visiting.

    Thought you might like that titbit.

    Good luck with the rest of the A-Z!
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  7. I don't think I've heard of Aspects of Love. I am familiar with Andrew Lloyd Webber, if I'm right, my local theater group did Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat years ago. Fun show.

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  8. I found your post very interesting and was very surprised to read of a star pulling out so close to the opening.

    Good luck with your A to Z and thanks for visiting my blog

    regards
    Anne
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  9. The only Andrew Lloyd Weber musical I'm familiar with is Phantom of the Opera, but this sounds like a good one too! Thanks for sharing!

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