I Sent a Letter to My Love

by  Jeffrey Sweet, Bernice Rubens, Melissa Manchester

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  2m, 3f

"An inspiring fable ... [with] a richly romantic score." - New York Times
"Possesses a charm and literacy and attention to character all too rare in modern musicals.... Manchester's aching melodies, tinged with autumnal fire, are matched by rich, poetic lyrics." - Chicago Sun Times

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    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This soul stirring journey of renewal begins on a Maine summer night in 1955. Gwen appears to rent a cottage from Amy and her wheelchair bound brother Stan. She is venturing into a new life following the death of her mother, whom she nursed. On a whim, Amy places a "Wanted to Correspond" ad, but her notions of romance backfire when only Stan responds. Just when things get out of hand, longing, love and loyalty conspire to open new doors for all in this seamless blend of well developed characters and memorable songs by the noted pop artist.
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Reviews

"An inspiring fable ... [with] a richly romantic score." - New York Times

"Possesses a charm and literacy and attention to character all too rare in modern musicals.... Manchester's aching melodies, tinged with autumnal fire, are matched by rich, poetic lyrics." - Chicago Sun Times

"Moving and tuneful.... An altogether delightful charmer." - New York Post

"Almost "Letter' perfect." - North Shore Sunday

"Engrossing "Letter' delivers." - Boston Globe

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Setting: Maine, summer 1955

Music

  • Orchestra Size: Medium

Song Samples

How Do You Fly?
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Across the Lake
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God Never Closed a Door
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Lady Seeks Gentleman
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Grass Between My Toes
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Very Truly Yours
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Rosy Red
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Pants, Angela
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Perfect Timing
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The Chance of You
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I Never Knew
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The Day I Met My Friend
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Last Night
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Lady Seeks Gentleman [Reprise]
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Change in the Air
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Casting

2m, 3f
JIMMY
AMY
STAN
GWEN
MISS MORGAN
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Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

6 Full Conductor Scores

Reed 1 (Flute, Clarinet, Piccolo)
Reed 2 (Clarinet)
Harp
Piano
Cello
Bass

Demo available on request

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Authors

Jeffrey Sweet

Jeffrey Sweet. Though produced on stages around the world, Jeffrey Sweet is most closely associated with Chicago theater. He has premiered plays at the Victory Gardens Theatre since the late seventies and is a member of its Playwrights Ensemble. Among his plays are

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Bernice Rubens

Bernice Rubens

Melissa Manchester

Melissa Manchester

I Sent a Letter to My Love premiered in New York City at Primary Stages in 1995. It was directed by Pat Birch.

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