TRIUMPH OF LOVE opened on Broadway in 1997 with an all- star cast including 2 Tony winners and an Oscar winner: Betty Buckley, F. Murray Abraham, Susan Egan, Christopher Sieber, Roger Bart, Kevin Chamberlin, and Nancy Opel.
The story, based on a 1732 play by Marivaux, is by turns hilarious and heart-breaking. It unfolds in an elaborate topiary garden in Sparta. The great philosopher Hermocrates and his iron-maiden sister Hesione live in rigorous seclusion, armed with one simple rule: love is ruinous! Clutching this credo close to their chilly hearts, they shelter their young nephew, Prince Agis, from all things amorous.
Rational thought holds sway until the brainy and beautiful Princess Leonide arrives, undercover, to quip, trip and zip
the gorgeous prince down the aisle. She is aided by her libidinous and wisecracking maid, Corine, and two willing henchmen, Harlequin the clown and Dimas the gardener.
Princess Leonide assumes several identities, bends her gender, and breaks all the rules to land her prince. Three seductions, four disguises, and a slew of delightful, well- crafted musical numbers unlock every heart, as one and all discover that love just won’t take no for an answer.
With an orchestra of only 11 players, one set, and a modest cast of 7 actors, each with a juicy part to play, TRIUMPH is eminently produceable. It has been translated into German and Japanese. It has proven to be The Little Show That Could, receiving over 100 productions across the country and around the world.
Opening night on Broadway
“Smart, fresh and funny... Jeffrey Stock makes a remarkable Broadway debut!”
THE NEW YORKER
“I was enthralled by Jeffrey Stock’s score... dazzling.”
THE NEW YORK POST
“A stylish sweetheart of a show!”
“A triumph of both heart and head...
Best New Musical of the Year”
Composer and Lyricist