‘Choir Boy’ Falls for Love

Todd Almond wrote the music for "Kansas City Choir Boy," in which he stars with Courtney Love.

Todd Almond wrote the music for “Kansas City Choir Boy,” in which he stars with Courtney Love.

Former punk icon Courtney Love stars in composer Todd Almond’s stage musical “Kansas City Choir Boy,” which had its West Coast premiere Oct. 19 at the Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre at the Ahmanson.

Almond wrote the music and lyrics and stars with Love in the story of small-town lovers separated by fate. The story unfolds as Almond, who plays a composer in the play, “imagines” Love — vividly described by The New York Times as “a glamorously tarnished rock goddess” — into the room with him as he composes. The play had a sold-out run in New York before heading to Los Angeles, and the Times says Love, “whose résumé as a rock performer, famous young widow, occasional actress and frequent tabloid fixture I probably don’t need to rehash, has a surprisingly soft-edged and bewitching presence.”

Musical Direction is by David Bloom. The play runs through Nov. 8.

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