DC ... Ford's Theatre
"I loved it! ...
a play for the turn of the century ...
people to understand and appreciate. There's so much there. I can't
wait for you to get into the Ford's Theatre to see this. It's just wonderful!"
Rehm, WAMU, National Public Radio
perfect musical ...
- An American Love Story is satisfying as theater in itself. With lovely
music, beautiful voices, engaging performances, this musical taps into
the spirit that is truly American. Each song and plot episode is intricately
intertwined so that the story progresses quickly with a sense of sustained
Meersman, The Journal
"Wonderfully tuneful, excitingly dramatic... definitely
a big hit and has something for all ages! The book by Jonathan Bolt is
precise and very emotionally moving with adequate witticisms to keep it
joyful. And the music by Thomas Tierney and lyrics by John Forster keep
the story moving along at a brisk pace. What a wonderful show... ELEANOR
should pack them in until June."
Anthony, World Wide Web
"'Love Story' rings, sings true ...
ELEANOR book, written by Jonathan Bolt, is a beautifully realized dramatic
piece that explores the hidden heart and soul of the young Eleanor. The
author has an eye for psychological detail and a poet's command of dialogue.
John Forster's lyrics have a silvery, shimmering beauty, like the haunting
melodies that composer Thomas Tierney has woven into this dramatic tale.
One knows the show is home free when the audience begins to applaud dramatic
scenes as well as the musical numbers."
Morrison, The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
"A story for us all.
A tale well-suited to the requirements of the American musical. A kinder,
gentler Eleanor than the one we associate with the Roosevelt presidency,
making her revelation of the steel all the more gripping. ELEANOR -- An
American Love Story provides a valuable look at a woman who found that
the only way to face life was to face it with courage. ELEANOR's 'Love
Rauschart, The Washington Times
"An inspiring new musical
about love, betrayal, and courage. ELEANOR -- An American Love Story is
both heartwarming and heart-breaking ... a beautiful and important production.
It's not only a story of love, tragedy, and renewal, but now, at the end
of the century, it brings alive two of its most important people, who
changed the face of America. The book and lyrics are witty and solid,
the music holds and moves you, all the way to the end. A great show for
the whole family."
Levine, Channel 21
"Professional, sharply staged and buoyant...
bracing. A snappy throwback to the era when Broadway musicals knew both
what they were about and how to entertain. In a world of aggressively
overproduced megamusicals, this show seems perfectly content to be pleasantly
involving with score and characters doing most of the heavy lifting. A
Mondello, Washington City Paper
"A thoroughly lovable and heartwarming show.. The
songs form the majority of the script, moving the action along briskly. The ballads
are lovely and well sung, and there is fresh, clever humor in numbers such as
'First You Serve Your Husband,' and 'Practical Politics'. Dance numbers like
'The New Century Walk' enhance the show ... ELEANOR is definitely worth seeing
... it brings to life these colorful historical characters in a very believable,
most entertaining way."
Graboyes, The Review
"Moving, funny and well-crafted. Jonathan
Bolt's book effectively takes the audience through the early life of Eleanor
Roosevelt ... a pleasant evening of music performed quite well by an extraordinary
cast. One of the most memorable musical moments comes when Howe and FDR sing
the exuberant tune 'Practical Politics.' An enjoyable evening and I would highly
recommend it to."
Swanick, Talkin' Broadway!
"Really worth seeing and hearing.
a sweet, musical love story going on currently at Ford's Theatre about
the early days of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt ... a touching, interesting
portrayal of this couple. The music and lyrics are wonderful as are the
two lead stars, Anne Kanengeiser and Anthony Cummings."
Massabny, Channel 33