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LOVE LIFE a vaudeville : Book & lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner: Music by Kurt Weill New York 46th Street Theater 7 October 1948 (252 perfs) European première by Opera North - Leeds Grand Theatre 25 January 1996. Love Life spans more than 150 years of American history, from 1790, in the early years of American independence, to 1948, the year of the Broadway première. It visits the Cooper family at roughly 30-year intervals. They do not age. The show tells 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. Part One 1. Scene One - The Magician. It is 1948. Sam and Susan Cooper, chosen by the Magician for his most important tricks, try to remember a time when their marriage was happy. It was in 1790 ...... 2. Scene Two - Mayville, Connecticut, Spring 1790 Sam and Susan and their children Johnny and Elizabeth have arrived in Mayville, where Sam plans to open a furniture store. Sam introduces his family. Who is Samuel Cooper Here I'll stay. 3. Scene Three Vaudeville: Progress 4. Scene Four: Mayville, 1820 The landscape of Mayville has changed. Susan and Sam have received some troubling news but decide to go ahead with their Green-Up party, a celebration of the arrival of spring. I remember it well Green-up time 5. Scene Five Vaudeville: Mother's Getting Nervous 6. Scene Six: The Coopers' bedroom, 1857 Susan and Sam are anxious about Sam's new job working for the railroad. 7. Scene Seven Vaudeville: Economics 8. Scene Eight: The Cooper Home, early 1894 Sam is enjoying a rare evening at home relaxing on his porch, while Susan hosts a meeting inside. My kind of night Women's Club Blues 9. Scene Nine Vaudeville: Love Song 10. Scene Ten: An ocean liner, 1920 Sam is hustling for business and neglects Susan, who looks for consolation elsewhere. I'm Your Man Finale - Part One Part Two 11. Scene Eleven Vaudeville: Modern Madrigal