Beautiful love songs, witty lyrics and characters, a boy and a girl who deserve love – and each other – in spite of their families differences, wise-cracking and bawdy sidekicks, all set loose in a hip fairy tale version of 18th century Sparta – these are the elements of the smart and sexy musical Triumph of Love. And to add intrigue to the plot, while She is set on making Him fall in love with Her, He is plotting Her assassination to settle an old family score, something about stealing the family kingdom. And while we all know the folly of second- generation resentments, only a Broadway musical would resolve the issue by having the killer fall in love with the bad guy/gal. But our Princess won’t stop at anything to get her Prince Charming (including disguises and duplicity), and our Prince must journey blindly from rational thought to emotional abandon. Good luck, sweethearts.
Set in the century known as The Age of Enlightenment, the play deals less with higher thoughts than with earthy urges, featuring risqué lyrics and frisky dialogue in the battle between head and heart. The songs – 17 in all! – reveal these characters to be real people, singing of “Serenity,” “The Bond That Can’t Be Broken,” “Teach Me Not To Love You,” and “Love Won’t Take No For An Answer,” plus the beautiful duet “The Tree,” and the comic “Mr. Right.” Mix in a few puns, some vaudeville shtick, universal truths about the power of love, and combine the heat of young love with the poignancy of choices made and roads not taken, and soon anyone can harmonize about the satisfaction of small victories.
DISTINGUISHED PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL – Drama League
OUTSTANDING LYRICS – Drama Desk
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL (Betty Buckley) – Drama Desk
OUTSTSANDING COSTUME DESIGN – Drama Desk
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL (Betty Buckley) – Tony Awards
“THE ADORABLE NEW MUSICAL TRIUMPH OF LOVE – MODEST IN EVERYTHING BUT TALENT AND CHARM – THE SASS TO TAKE IT’S PLACE ALONGSIDE THE SEASON’S BIG BUDGET LIONS” – Variety
“THE BEST CASE SCENARIO WHEN IT COMES TO LOVE – A PERFECT UNION OF THE HEART AND MIND!” - DC Theatre Scene
“ELEVATED WIT AND BELOW-THE-BELT JOKES…SENSITIVE AND SLAPSTICKY…GREAT COMEDY AND MUSIC!” - The Washington Post
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Casting of Carlsbad Playreaders productions usually is done at the discretion of the director. Occasionally the director will hold limited, by-invitation-only auditions. Rarely does Playreaders hold open auditions for any one particular production. Information regarding future auditions will be posted on this website and our Facebook page.
All Carlsbad Playreaders events are held in the Schulman Auditorium at the Carlsbad City Library: 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
From Interstate 5, exit La Costa Avenue, going east for approximately 1 mile. Turn left on El Camino Real and travel north for approximately 1.5 miles. At the light after the light at Alga/Aviara, turn left onto Dove Lane and into the library parking lot. Schulman Auditorium is on the left at the entrance of the library.
There is no set charge for attendance at Carlsbad Playreaders performances.
$5 General Admission
No reservations necessary