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I sent a letter to my love
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Based on the Bernice Rubens' novel of the same name, I Sent a Letter to My Love is a romantic musical by Grammy winner Melissa Manchester and dramatist Jeffrey Sweet. It is 1955 and a lonely spinster, Amy, places a correspondence ad on a whim. But her hope for romance backfires when her wheelchair-bound brother is her only respondent. A tender story of love and loneliness.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Stephen Bogardus, Meagan Fay, Melissa Manchester, Megan Mullally and Paul Anthony Stewart. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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These conventional, though ever-fresh, themes are explored in a somewhat unconventional plot. We meet Amy (played here by Melissa Manchester) in Maine in 1955. She has never married and has given her life to caring for her brother, Stan (Stephen Bogardus), a man crippled by childhood polio. The familiar and settled ways of their lives are altered one summer after Amy impulsively decides to place a "Lady Seeks Gentleman" correspondence ad to which Stan alone--unaware--replies. This conflict and contest unfolds as the sister and brother rent a cottage they own near their home to Gwen (Megan Mullally), a woman finding herself on her own for the first time and uncertain about her place in the world.
Ms. Manchester, Mr. Bogardus, and Ms. Mullally deliver strong, impassioned, and witty performances, supported here by the equally-impressive work of Megan Fay and Paul Anthony Stewart. The singing in this recording--which was produced by L.A. Theater Works and broadcast on NPR--is spectacular. All of the colors of Ms. Manchester's deservedly-celebrated voice are present amid Mr. Bogardus' soaring tenor and Ms. Mullally's very-satisfying mix. Though not yet a widely produced work, this recording makes it clear that "I Sent A Letter to My Love" deserves a prominent place in the musical theater repertoire.