Troubadour

Past productions

A play by and

Story: Set in 12th Century France, this is a tale of Courtly Love, the intricate medieval concept of placing woman on a pedestal as the recipient of deep emotional feeling, even if such sentiment is not returned. The young chauvinist, Lupus, believes woman is totally subservient to man, and should be beaten if she dares disobey. His beating goes too far, and he is imprisoned. The Viscountess Ermengarde, who rules the province of Narbon, decides to tutor him in the rules and code of Courtly Love, and the show charts his progress and conversion to what was the politically correct attitudes of that era.
Notes: The lyricist, Michael Lombardi was an extremely wealthy businessman, and he was backed by the Success Motivation Institute of Japan, so this was the most lavishly designed, costumed and orchestrated show in town. His money kept the show going for 72 performances, but after cancellations due to audiences staying away, and one matinee at the 1,283 seat Cambridge Theatre where 80 people attended, but only five of them had paid, they decided to call it a day.

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