Today Spoleto Festival USA tossed out yet another teaser for their 2020 programming: Romantics Anonymous, a musical from Emma Rice, the director of 2018’s well-loved The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk. The musical will run at Dock Street Theatre, May 22-June 7 — almost the entire duration of the festival.
Rice adapted Romantics Anonymous from the French-Belgian romantic comedy Les Emotifs anonymes and Christopher Dimond and Michael Kooman developed the lyrics and music.
In a press release Spoleto general director Nigel Redden says, “Festival audiences have been continuously delighted by Emma Rice’s productions and Romantics Anonymous will surely elicit the same response.”
[content-4] The plot of Romantics is reminiscent of Flying Lovers, described by the fest as “an unusual but tender love story.” Two chocolatiers, Angelique and Jean-Rene, seek help in their individual businesses and their journeys “melt” (the puns possibilities abound) into a love affair.
Stay tuned for Spoleto’s full program, which will be announced Jan. 5, 2020. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wed. Jan. 15 and a donor pre-sale begins Jan. 6.