Love Life (musical)

Love Life is a musical written by Kurt Weill (music) and Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics). It opened at the 46th Street Theatre on Broadway (now the Richard Rodgers) on October 7, 1948, and closed on May 14, 1949, after having played 252 performances. The original production starred Ray Middleton and Nanette Fabray, was directed by Elia Kazan, and choreographed by Michael Kidd.[1]

Love Life
MusicKurt Weill
LyricsAlan Jay Lerner
BookAlan Jay Lerner
Productions1948 Broadway

The show told the story of a married couple, Sam and Susan Cooper, who never age as they progress from 1791 to 1948, encountering difficulties in their marriage (and thus the very fabric of marriage) as they struggle to cope with changing social mores. One of the earliest examples of the concept musical, the action of Love Life was interspersed with vaudeville-style numbers that commented on the story, in a way very similar to Cabaret (which opened in 1966).

No official cast recording of Love Life has ever been made; a strike at the time of the original production prevented preserving the original cast of this show, as also happened with Where's Charley?, which opened four days later, on Oct. 11, 1948.

The song "I Remember it Well" is the original version of a lyric Lerner revised for use in the 1958 film, Gigi.

Musical Numbers

Act 1

  • "Who Is Samuel Cooper?"
  • "My Name Is Samuel Cooper"
  • "Here I'll Stay"
  • "Progress"
  • "I Remember It Well"
  • "Green Up Time"
  • "I Remember It Well (Reprise)"
  • "Mother's Getting Nervous"
  • "Economics"
  • "My Kind of Night"
  • "Women's Club Blues"
  • "Progress (Soft Shoe Reprise)"
  • "Love Song"
  • "I'm Your Man"
  • "Finale Act 1"

Act 2

  • "Ho, Billy, Oh"
  • "I Remember It Well (Reprise)"
  • "Is it Him or is it Me?"
  • "Punch and Judy Get a Divorce" (Ballet)
  • "This is the Life"
  • Illusion Minstrel Show: "Madame Zuzu"
  • Illusion Minstrel Show: "Takin' No Chances"
  • Illusion Minstrel Show: "Miss Ideal Man"
  • Illusion Minstrel Show: "Mr. Right"
  • Finale

Other numbers

  • "You Understand Me So"
  • Locker Room
  • Susan's Dream


  1. Willard, Charles (June 10, 1990). "A New Life For 1948's Love Life The Kurt Weill-Alan Jay Lerner Musical". Philadelphia Media Network. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
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