A to Z Challenge: Aspects of Love is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Most Beautiful Musical

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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 favorite 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 WebberAspects 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 of Aspects of Love

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.

Favorite Musical 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 favorites is not easy.

Sir Roger Moore

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. M.C.V. EGAN

    April 1, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    I was not familiar with ASPECTS OF LOVE! Great post.
    Best of luck with a-z challenge.
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  2. J.S. Pally

    April 2, 2019 at 12:15 am

    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. Sand Castles and Snow Forts

    April 2, 2019 at 1:09 am

    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!

  4. A Tarkabarka Hölgy

    April 2, 2019 at 6:41 am

    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…

    The Multicolored Diary

  5. THE JOYOUS LIVING

    April 2, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    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

  6. Miranda Kate

    April 2, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    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!
    Miranda Kate
    purplequeennl.blogspot.com

  7. Laura Mattingly

    April 3, 2019 at 12:02 am

    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.

  8. Anne Young

    April 3, 2019 at 2:26 am

    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

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  9. Angie

    April 4, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    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!

  10. littlemisadvencha

    March 30, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    I haven’t heard about this musical. But, you did great with your A-Z challenge. I will also be starting my 30-day blog challenge tomorrow, but it’s covering a variety of topics. I can really say that you are a fan of musicals. great post! <3

  11. paolo

    June 16, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Wow A to Z challenge sounds like a lot of fun. Will check out Aspects of love

  12. Brianne

    June 17, 2020 at 3:37 am

    This sounds like a really good play. It sounds like the kind of play that really gives you the feels, actually. Who can say why some plays bomb? I have seen some plays that I thought were amazing, but everyone else hated them for some reason that couldn’t understand.

  13. Marie Phillips

    June 17, 2020 at 6:02 am

    I have never heard of this musical. I am very intrigued and want to look more into it. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Hayley

    June 17, 2020 at 10:47 am

    I haven’t heard of this musical before but it sounds great!

  15. GiGi Eats

    June 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    OMFG! I DID NOT KNOW THAT ROGER MOORE DIED. I LOVEDDDDDD him as James Bond. How the heck did I not know this?! Have I been living under a friggin’ rock?!

  16. Ave

    June 17, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Andrew Lloyd Webber has so many great musicals but I haven’t had a chance to see Aspects of Love yet. The Phantom of the Opera is one of my favorites.

  17. Melanie williams

    June 17, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    I love Andrew Lloyd webber and his musicals are amazing and so much fun to watch for sure. Not seen Aspects of Love x

  18. Lyanna Soria

    June 17, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    I’m not familiar with musicals or Aspects of Love but that sounds quite interesting. A friend of mine likes this kind of stuff so I’m sure she’ll take interest in this.

  19. Shannon Gurnee

    June 17, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    I’ve never seen Aspects of Love before, but it sounds good! I would love to check it out sometime. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Emmanuel Damian

    June 17, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    I have never heard or seen Aspects of Love. It seems like a great musical. I hope to search more about it.

  21. Steven Morrissette

    June 18, 2020 at 5:49 am

    I never heard of that musical it sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing this great Post with us.

  22. Meki (Redefining Us)

    July 31, 2020 at 2:12 am

    Hi Joy!
    I love musicals a lot and I think this Aspect of Love is really a great one to watch! Thank you so much for this post!

  23. katrina Kroeplin

    July 31, 2020 at 3:36 am

    Andrew Lloyed, it doesn’t get much better than him back in the day. This was a great musical. great synopsis

  24. Ronnie

    July 31, 2020 at 3:58 am

    I can’t believe that an Android Lloyd Webber musical bombed! The little girl in the video sings so beautifully – what a talent.

  25. Nkem

    July 31, 2020 at 3:59 am

    Thanks for sharing the details about this musical. It sounds like you’re very passionate about these performances.

  26. Ntensibe Edgar Michael

    July 31, 2020 at 4:20 am

    Well, I don’t have a favorite….and this is because, this is the very first musical I have known of him

  27. Heather

    July 31, 2020 at 7:27 am

    I actually haven’t heard of this musical. My oldest is a huge musicals fan so she may have.

  28. GiGi Eats

    July 31, 2020 at 9:58 am

    I am sure when I listen to these videos I will know exactly what Andrew Lloyd Webber is known for. Otherwise, I am just so bad with names! My husband is writing a musical right now actually!! You might find it interesting!

  29. Kuntala Bhattacharya

    July 31, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Need to hear the musical and I am sure it will be refreshing which I really need at this hour. I am crazy for music at any hour of the day.

  30. Shannon

    July 31, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    I love the A-Z challenge! I have never heard of this musical, but it looks like a really good one. Love the clip of Roger Moore.

  31. Chei

    July 31, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Wow! This is very interesting! I will check out this aspects of love. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Emman Damian

    July 31, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    I haven’t heard of Aspects of Love. I hope to watch it soon. Thanks for introducing another great one!

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