...a new musical conceived and directed by Martin Charnin (co-creator: Annie) that follows five extraordinary actresses portraying 12 unique women each grappling with the mysteries and complications of love. The musical numbers and monologues highlight a multitude of aspects of that indefinable emotion, from love at first sight with its butterfly beginnings, to keeping love alive, to the dying embers of a love gone wrong.Martin Charnin directs a cast that includes Andrea McArdle, Avery Sommers, Patti Elyer, Laura Hodos, and Shelly Burch.
Hap Erstein reviewed for the Palm Beach Post. Yes, you read that correctly; the POST.
...a terrific cast of five women, both Broadway veterans and Florida mainstays, who do everything they can to elevate the material they have been dealt. While the show is well produced and performed, it is hard to shake the feeling of déjà vu, even if you had never encountered I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change or Menopause: The Musical.
Many of the songs work well enough, for Seattle-based composer Gray has a pleasant facility for a variety of genres and Charnin — Tony-winning lyricist/director of Annie — remains a nimble wordsmith with a wry, unforced way with a rhyme.
...they could hardly have a better quintet of performers. Both Andrea McArdle and Shelly Burch enjoyed early Broadway successes — 1977’s Annie and 1982’s Nine, respectively — which remain their most prominent stage credits. Now older, sleeker and with matured performance presence, they still have vocal power to spare
...Avery Sommers may not have the national reputation that originating a role on Broadway brings, but she is a veteran of the New York stage and she knows her way around a dramatic number like Not Every Child. Orlando-based Laura Hodos and Patti Eyler may not have material as showy as the others do, but they are nevertheless assets to the production.Love is Love plays at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre through October 25.
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