|'Aspects of Love': The opening scene of Act 2.|
(production photos: Mark Garvin)
Years later George and Rose have a daughter named Jenny (Jenna Brooke Scannelli). Alex returns from his service and sees a performance by the now famous actress Rose. She invites him to see his uncle at the country villa. It is there that Alex and Jenny begin a caring relationship that alarms George and Rose.
The opening number and the show’s most famous song “Love Changes Everything” is no longer a solo for Alex that opens play. Instead it becomes a duet and then an ensemble number. It may serve as a pre-cursor to highlight the main players in the musical but it robs Alex of his only solo song in the musical.
|Charles Hagerty and Jennifer Hope Wills|
|Danielle G. Herbert and Paul Schoeffler|
The supporting players bring in their unique talents to the musical. Laurent Giroux is quite sly as Rose’s manager Marcel. Two actresses portray George and Rose’s daughter: a beguiling Scannelli as the fifteen-year-old Jenny and a poised Claire Norden as young version of the character (note: Norden and Arin Edelstein alternate in the role).
|Charles Hagerty and Jenna Brooke Scannelli|
The music remains lush and full under the musical direction of Douglass G. Lutz even if some of the numbers such as “Seeing Is Believing” and “Love Changes Everything” and its many reprises appear to have the final notes cut short. Director Bruce Lumpkin reigns in the sprawling material that keeps the show moving at a fluid pace.
Although this version of ‘Aspects of Love’ is short of being flawless, at least this rarely performed show as produced at the Walnut for their season opener is lovely to see and hear on its stage. It contains some of Lloyd Webber’s most beautiful music and for that reason this show is a must see. No doubt this story of tangled romantic relationships will definitely give the audience something to talk about.
'Aspects of Love' is presented on the main stage of the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Performances run September 6, 2011 to October 23, 2011; 8pm Tues-Sat, 7pm Sun; 2pm Wed & Sat. Tickets: $10-$95; Limited premium seats available which include a $65 donation. Visit walnutstreettheatre.org for more information and to purchase tickets online. Click HERE for premium seats.
|Charles Hagerty, Paul Schoeffler and Jennifer Hope Wills|
|"Hand Me The Wine and the Dice": The ensemble|