The Manhattan Psychoanalytical Institute for the Romantically Challenged is open -- and business is booming! This “musical revue with a twist” celebrates the insanity of love and life in the City, as patients, doctors and staff sing of love in all its maddening majesty, mystery and misery, as diagnosed by the Great Broadway Songwriters, then and now, including Rodgers and Hart, the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Marc Blitzstein, Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Weill, Jerry Herman, Frank Wildhorn, Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Sondheim and so many others. Hearts will soar and pulses race with half-remembered feelings awakened by half-forgotten tunes. Audiences will also find unfamiliar gems that explore with insight, literacy, wit and warmth humankind’s most elusive emotion.
We consider ourselves fortunate to have secured The Studio Theatre, one of six prestigious off- and off-off-B’way theatres in the Theatre Row complex on 42nd Street, NYC for our first presentation of the year, Falling in Love with Love.
No FM Lite soppy ballads here. These are songs of passion and despair, tenderness and humor -- even silliness ‑- but above all, drama. As every musical theatre aficionado knows, characters burst into song when emotion spills over and can no longer be constrained by dialogue (okay, sometimes producers want a shticky number to distract from those “second act problems,” but still). Those of us who treasure genuine musical theatre (not to be confused with the current onslaught of “jukebox musicals,” whatever their merits) understand that while the style of music changes over the decades, something supremely theatrical is built into these songs that have stood the test of time. That’s right, “theatrical” -- they were born in a trunk and only truly come to life on a stage, in front of a live audience. The 16 performers in our show (some familiar to IOS audiences, some new discoveries), besides having terrific voices, bring a real actor’s perspective to each and every song, helping to make this a truly unique musical revue.