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Aspects of Love

Aspects of Love
Original West End Logo
Music Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics Don Black
Charles Hart
Book Andrew Lloyd Webber
Basis Aspects of Love by David Garnett
Productions 1989 West End
1990 Broadway
1991 Edmonton chamber version
2007 UK Tour
2010 London revival
2012-2013 Dutch Tour

Aspects of Love is a musical with a book and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart. It is famous for the song "Love Changes Everything."

Based on the same-sex attraction (Giulietta and Rose).

Lloyd Webber was introduced to Aspects of Love in 1979, when he and Tim Rice were approached to write a few songs for a proposed film version. When nothing came of it, he suggested to Trevor Nunn that they collaborate on a stage adaptation. In 1983, they presented a cabaret of numbers they had written, but it was not until five years later that they tackled the project in earnest.[1] For the finished project, Lloyd Webber used at least five of the tunes he had written for the 1986 one-act musical Cricket, which he had written with Tim Rice.[2]


  • Productions 1
  • Plot 2
    • Act One 2.1
    • Act Two 2.2
  • Song list 3
  • Recording 4
  • Awards and nominations 5
    • Original Broadway production 5.1
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • Further reading 8
  • External links 9



Preceded by
Cuts Both Ways by Gloria Estefan
UK number one album
September 16, 1989 – September 22, 1989
Succeeded by
We Too Are One by Eurythmics

External links

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber – Snelson, John (2004), Yale University Press, New Haven CT. ISBN 0-300-10459-6
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber: His Life and Works – Walsh, Michael (1989, revised and expanded, 1997), Abrams: New York

Further reading

  • 'Aspects of Love' listing, "Really Useful" Official site
  • Anything But Lonely - Aspects of Love


  1. ^ 'Aspects of Love' background, retrieved 16 January 2010
  2. ^ Citron, Stephen. Sondheim and Lloyd-Webber: The New Musical. Oxford University Press, 2001. p. 355.
  3. ^ Roger Moore
  4. ^ Rich, Frank. ReviewThe New York Times, April 9, 1990
  5. ^ Bernstein, Richard."'Aspects,' the Musical That Had Everything, And Lost Everything",The New York Times", March 7, 1991
  6. ^ Lathan, Peter."Review"'Aspects of Love', 2007, retrieved 16 January 2010
  7. ^ South Africa listing, January 28, 2009
  8. ^ Bosanquet, Theo.Nunn Revives Aspects of Love at Menier, 15 Jul, 18 February 2010
  9. ^ Dutch Production
  10. ^ "Michael Ball | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 


Year Award Ceremony Category Nominee Result
1990 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical Nominated
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Danielle DuClos Nominated
Outstanding Orchestrations David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber Nominated
Outstanding Music Andrew Lloyd Webber Nominated
Outstanding Lighting Design Andrew Bridge Nominated
Theatre World Award Kathleen Rowe McAllen Won
Tony Award Best Musical Nominated
Best Book of a Musical David Garnett Nominated
Best Original Score Andrew Lloyd Webber Nominated
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Kevin Colson Nominated
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Kathleen Rowe McAllen Nominated
Best Direction of a Musical Trevor Nunn Nominated

Original Broadway production

Awards and nominations

The first single released from the musical was "Love Changes Everything", also sung by Ball. It was a success, peaking at #2 and staying in the UK singles chart for 14 weeks, and has since become his signature song.[10]

When the musical opened, the song "The First Man You Remember" was often performed on TV, the impression being that it was between a couple of romantic lovers. However, in the show itself it is actually a father and daughter duet between George and Jenny. It was sung by Michael Ball and Diana Morrison in the CD single version.

The two-disc original cast recording of the London production preserved the bulk of the score with some edits made for reasons of length. A 2005 remastered edition restored all the material cut from the original release.


Note: Although most of the musical is sung, not all the parts that are sung are titled songs; some are simply sung-through scenes with minor amounts of dialogue.

Song list

At the train station at Pau, as Alex and Giulietta wait for the train, Giulietta wonders what will happen in a few years, when Jenny becomes a woman. Alex, unable to reply, reflects once more on how love changes everything.

At George's wake, Giulietta gives a eulogy celebrating George's unconventionality and his belief in living life to the fullest. Giulietta and Alex join in the dancing and are attracted to each other. Jenny spies on them, while Marcel tries to comfort the grieving Rose. Giulietta and Alex awaken in a hayloft, and Alex wonders how to end his relationship kindly with Jenny. Later, Alex tries to explain to Jenny that their relationship was unnatural. She reminds him that he was only seventeen when he met Rose, and that she is no younger than Shakespeare's Juliet. Rose bids Alex farewell, but then she breaks down and begs Alex not to leave her. Alex, unsure of how to reply, leaves.

George plans his wake, insisting that there should be dancing and fun. Rose tells him that he's bound to outlive them all. At a circus in Paris, George, Rose, Alex, and Jenny are celebrating Jenny's fifteenth birthday. George becomes agitated as he watches Jenny talking with Alex. Later, Alex puts Jenny to bed. Jenny tries to convince him that she's really in love with him, but Alex insists that they're just cousins. Jenny falls asleep, and Alex reflects that he knows he must not love her, but cannot help loving her. George overhears Alex and is enraged, suspecting the worst. He collapses, and Alex comes out of Jenny's room to find him dead.

Two years later, Alex suggests that Jenny needs a Paris education, which upsets Rose, who suspects that her daughter has developed an unhealthy crush on Alex. That evening Jenny appears wearing the gown of George's first wife, and George happily dances with his daughter. Jenny tries to draw Alex into the dance, but Alex politely refuses. Later, Jenny and Alex are left alone, and Jenny finally convinces Alex to give her the last dance. Rose catches Jenny clasping Alex in a very adult fashion, and Alex leaves. Jenny tells her mother that Alex is the first to make her feel like a woman. Rose confronts Alex, who admits to having feelings for Jenny, but insists that he would never harm her. Later, Jenny tells Alex that she loves him. She begs him to be honest, then kisses him.

Twelve years later at a theatre in Paris, Rose has risen to stardom and has a young lover, Hugo. Marcel and the rest of the cast celebrate the latest hit, but Rose insists that she must return to the villa at Pau and to her husband George and their 12-year-old daughter, Jenny. Marcel reintroduces her to the 32-year-old Alex. Rose is delighted and insists that he come with her to Pau. At the villa, Jenny is excited by the prospect of her mother's return. George is happy to see Alex, returning with Rose, and Jenny, who has heard much about him, meets him for the first time. Rose and George insist that Alex should stay with them. Meanwhile, in Venice, George's former mistress, Giulietta, ponders the meaning of stable, long-lasting love versus romantic infatuation.

Act Two

In Venice, Giulietta and Rose bond while discussing George's foibles. They both express surprise that the other woman is not at all what they'd imagined. George returns and says that he has lost most of his money. Rose then asks George to marry her and he agrees. At the wedding, Giulietta shocks everyone by claiming her best man's rights and kissing Rose on the mouth. George, however, is delighted.

The next morning, an agitated Rose tells Alex to leave before George returns. Alex, enraged, pulls out his gun. Rose throws a candlestick at Alex, and the gun goes off, shooting Rose in the arm, and she faints. After George arrives, he and Alex each try to convince the other that he is the right man for Rose. George wins the debate, insisting that Alex should begin a new life with Rose, and Alex finally agrees. George then heads to Venice to see his former mistress, Giulietta. However, Rose orders Alex to leave, having chosen to stay with George. Alex leaves, and Rose and Marcel follow George to Venice. Rose intends to confront Giulietta and reclaim George.

Two years later, Alex, now a soldier, visits his uncle in Paris, and is shocked to find that Rose is now George's mistress. He accuses her of chasing his uncle's money, but Rose protests that she really loves George. She admits that she did love Alex once, and the two, drawn to each other again, fall into bed.

He advises Alex that all good things have to end, and that his interlude with Rose will be a memory. Alex insists that his relationship with Rose is real love. George leaves, and Rose leaves to rejoin Marcel. Alex realizes that Rose had never taken him seriously.

Flashing to 1947, Rose Vibert, a 25-year-old actress, complains that their show is a flop. The producer, Marcel, tries to placate Rose by introducing her to a fan, 17-year-old Alex. Alex and Rose have a brief tryst at his uncle George's villa in Pau. George Dillingham, in Paris with his mistress, Giulietta Trapani, an Italian sculptor, returns to his villa see for himself what Alex and Rose are doing. Rose is attracted to George, who is overcome when he sees Rose dressed in a gown belonging to his beloved late wife, Delia, also an actress, and remarks how much Rose resembles Delia.

At a train station in Pau, France in 1964, 34-year-old Alex Dillingham reflects on his love life over the past 17 years. A woman (Giulietta Trapani) replies to him that "it's all in the past."

Act One


The new Definitive script was staged at The Playhouse, Whitley Bay during February to March 2014. Produced by Tynemouth Operatic Society, it was the first non professional staging in the UK with the new script and full orchestra. It was also the first staging in the world of the Definitive version worked on by Lord Lloyd Webber who has pulled together all the aspects of productions and tours over the years and created the show as he wishes to see it staged.

In 2012, a Dutch production toured the Netherlands, produced by Stage Entertainment.[9]

A London revival ran at the Rosalie Craig as Giulietta, Katherine Kingsley as Rose, and Michael Arden as Alex. [8]

Following the UK tour, the musical played a limited engagement at The Joburg Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa from May 22 to June 28, 2009. The touring production was re-directed by Nikolai Foster and starred Samantha Peo, Robert Finlayson, Angela Kilian and Keith Smith.[7]

A new UK tour began on 31 August 2007, the first production in 15 years. Starring Matt Rawle, Shona Lindsay and Poppy Tierney. The production was directed by Nikolai Foster, and musically directed by Andrew J.Smith. The tour opened at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, and toured for 36 weeks through 8 December 2007. Rawle was later replaced by Tim Rogers. [6]

In 1991, a "chamber" version of the show with Keith Michell was mounted in Canada. It subsequently toured in America and a similar production was staged in Australia. Aspects of Love was produced in Japan, the Philippines, Hungary, Finland, and Denmark as well.

The Broadway production, with the same creative team and many of the original London cast, opened on April 8, 1990 at the Broadhurst Theatre and closed on March 2, 1991 after 377 performances and 22 previews. Brightman and John Cullum joined the cast later in the run. The reviews were lackluster and New York Times critic Frank Rich wrote in a negative review "Whether Aspects of Love is a musical for people is another matter."[4] When the musical closed, the entire $8 million investment was lost, which, according to the New York Times, made it "perhaps the greatest flop in Broadway history."[5]


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