Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal will star in an upcoming national tour of LOVE LETTERS, celebrated playwright A.R. Gurney’s enduring romance about first loves and second chances. Following a critically-acclaimed Broadway run, the national tour of Gregory Mosher’s production will launch in Summer 2015, visiting Los Angeles, Detroit, Boston, Dallas, Baltimore and others to be announced. Full list of cities, dates and ticket on-sale information will be announced at a later time.
LOVE LETTERS is the story of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (O’Neal) and Melissa Gardner (MacGraw), two young people from similar backgrounds who take very different paths in life. Despite leading lives which should not intersect, they can’t let go of each other throughout their 50 year friendship, and marriages and families with other people.
“When Ms. MacGraw and Mr. O’Neal take the stage in Love Letters, they’re young again, laughing at their private jokes and playing in the snow. The audience rewards them with big applause.”
– The New York Times
“With their skills, their shared history and their movie-star aura, MacGraw and O’Neal take several thousand attentive people at a time on a simply delivered but emotionally engaging trip through a different era…certain truths about the heart don’t change. And neither do the chemistry and charisma of the Love Story/Love Letters stars.”
– Christine Dolen, Miami Herald
“[MacGraw’s] performance is so adroit, so full of comic nuance and wrenching despair…Under Tony-winning director Gregory Mosher’s deft hand, she does what is probably the finest work of her career.”
– The Hollywood Reporter
“MacGraw never breaks character and always infuses fire in Melissa, always bringing a bit of spice to her line readings and reacting with facial expressions as Andy reads aloud his letters to her. O’Neal mixes that slightly devilish attitude that Andy has with an underlying elegiac regret as if Andy knows what the future holds. By the time O’Neal’s Andy guides the audience into the couple’s final sorrow over what might have been, much of the audience is profoundly touched.”
– Bill Hirschman, Florida Theater On Stage