“Stock’s music is heavenly.”
“Stock, remembered for 1997 success d’estime Triumph of Love, excitingly weaves Forster’s literary themes into melodic ones... Gorgeous.”
“What is surprising is its musical sophistication and emotional resonance. Filled with daring while at the same time lush and romantic, Mr. Stock’s work is a serious one that nevertheless refuses to take itself seriously... If there’s any justice in the world, this one's going to open on Broadway!"
"The lushly orchestral score includes lovely arias and choral pieces, and draws knowingly on Italian opera, popular period music and the oeuvres of Broadway masters Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim."
“The songs by Stock carefully set up the characters while briskly advancing the action.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES
“A beautifully textured, often opera-inspired score.”
SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE
“Jeffrey Stock’s score is generous and ambitious.”
SAN DIEGO ARTS
“A sweeping, funny romance... Stock’s score is a sophisticated, clever and tuneful mix of styles that smartly and succinctly move the plot forward... The score’s chockablock with winners.”
NORTH COUNTY TIMES
PRAISE FOR JEFFREY STOCK'S
MUSIC AND LYRICS AT
THE SAN DIEGO OLD GLOBE &
SEATTLE'S 5TH AVENUE THEATER
A Room with a View
A New Romantic Musical Comedy
Based on the novel by E.M. Forster
Book by Marc Acito
Music & Lyrics by Jeffrey Stock
A Room With a View, the new musical based on E.M. Forster’s beloved novel, is both social satire and wicked comedy -- but above all, it is one of the classic love stories of all time. Amid the golden sunlight and violet-covered hills of Tuscany, sheltered English country girl Lucy Honeychurch encounters freethinking George Emerson and their lives are changed forever.
The year is 1908, and Lucy is on tour in Florence with her prim spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett. Lucy is keen to educate herself about the finer things so as to be a proper wife to Cecil Vyse, her urbane, cultured fiancé from London. But Lucy's restless spirit keeps breaking through the surface – especially when she plays Beethoven sonatas furiously on the piano.
Staying at the same hotel with Lucy and Charlotte is young George, a railroad employee on holiday with his ailing father. In fact, the hotel is full of eccentric Brits, including the stuffy, fatuous Reverend Beeber, the excitable “lady- novelist” Miss Lavish, and George’s father Mr. Emerson, a dyed-in-the-wool socialist and gentle humanist who frets about his moody, pensive son. He sees the connection between George and Lucy even before they do.
A frightening experience shared in a piazza; a stolen kiss on a hillside in the rain... Lucy cannot seem to stop the momentum of this dangerous romance with George. But once back in Surrey, Lucy throws herself with renewed fervor into the preparations for her wedding to Cecil Vyse. Cecil is sophisticated and wealthy. He is also a prig and a snob. Will Lucy yield to Edwardian convention and pursue everything she thought she wanted – or will she follow her true heart and risk losing everything she has ever known?
The delight lies in how the characters arrive at their destinations, and how the words and music bring Forster’s story –its wit and heart – gloriously to life.
Composer and Lyricist