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Falling For An Epic Romance

Posted by Kinsley Suer | 20 May 2013

Romance is in the air at Portland Center Stage. Perhaps it has something to do with our production of Somewhere in Time, which opens on the Main Stage later this month. The world premiere, musical adaptation of the epic love story between Richard Collier and Elise McKenna, Somewhere in Time has captivated romance enthusiasts ever since the film was released in 1980.
I am a sucker for a great romance. Or, let’s be honest, any romance. In the seventh grade, when students were choosing whether they would take French or Spanish language classes, I chose French – simply because I had heard people say that French was a “Romance language.” While compiling my class schedule I grew starry eyed as images of beautiful couples canoodling under the Eiffel Tower ran through my head. Oh, and I should mention that, in my seventh grade mind, all beautiful couples looked like this:
Needless to say, it would be years (YEARS!) before I learned that a “Romance language” is actually just a language derived from Latin, the language of the ancient Romans. And that Spanish (and Italian) is just as much a Romance language as French. Oy.
But back to being a sucker for romance. I’ve read more Nicholas Sparks novels than I care to admit, and am usually first in line to see their big screen adaptations. It was recently brought to my attention, through this Internet meme, that all Nicholas Sparks movies have eerily similar movie posters.
Trust me, I’ve spent countless hours trying to convince my coworkers here at PCS that, while the movie images themselves might have a thing or two in common, the the love stories most certainly are not all the same. And come on, who doesn’t love The Notebook? But I digress.
The point is, Somewhere in Time is the first big romance we’ve had on our stage in awhile (I don’t think we’d place Venus in Fur in quite the same category). And I’m excited. Aren’t you?
What’s your favorite love story? Whether it’s Richard and Elise, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, Gatsby and Daisy or Jack and Rose, we want to know which love story, whether on screen or on the page, makes you root for romance every time. Tell us all about it in the comments section below!
A random winner will receive a voucher for two tickets to Somewhere in Time and dinner for two at the very romantic Coppia Restaurant in the Pearl. Entries must be received by Friday, May 31.
Comments (30)

We have chosen a random winner. Congratulations, Lexie Quandt! We will be sending you your prize package in the next few days.

A big “thank you” to everyone who entered our contest! We hope you will all join us this month for Somewhere In Time.

  • Desirae
  • Portland, Oregon
  • 03 Jun 13 05:43

Jack and Rose in Titanic. It has it all!

My all time favorite is Cyrano de Bergerac. Great love cherished by both Cyrano and Roxanne but only shared for a brief moment.

“How obvious it is now—the gift you gave him. All those letters, they were you… All those beautiful powerful words, they were you!.. The voice from the shadows, that was you… You always loved me!” Roxanne
― Edmond Rostand, Cyrano De Bergerac

  • Lawrence Barclay
  • Portland, OR
  • 01 Jun 13 01:07

Anne and Gilbert in the movies, “Anne of Green Gables” and “Anne of Avonlea.” Everything is against them and throughout the whole story I’m pulling for them. When they finally get together, words can’t describe how wonderful it is! smile

  • Tiffany
  • Portland, OR
  • 01 Jun 13 12:49

If that doesn’t reeeaaaally count as a love story, then definitely Dirty Dancing

  • Aaron
  • Newberg, OR
  • 31 May 13 11:31

Brokeback Mountain.

  • Reynolds Potter
  • Portland, Oregon
  • 31 May 13 10:51

Although Moulin Rouge is a close second, if have to say my favorite love story is that of Jaime and Claire in the Outlanders books.  A bit racy, yes, but the story holds true.  Time traveling woman finding love in ancient Scotland.  She is every bit woman and he is so manly with his kilt and sword.  They perfectly compliment each other and fight (literally at times) to keep their relationship strong.

  • Ashley Lucas
  • Beaverton
  • 31 May 13 10:17

An Officer and a Gentleman!!!!!!

  • Kris Martin
  • 31 May 13 08:37

The Philadelphia Story. Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant! The Best

  • Scott
  • Seattle
  • 31 May 13 04:14

The Philadelphia story is one of the most romantic movies ever filmed. A fabulous story and a fantastic cast of actors!

  • Scott Francis
  • Seattle.wa
  • 31 May 13 05:13

I love Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. So much misunderstanding, pride and other people got in the way of their love. You can’t help but root for them to overcome their obstacles and find the love between them that was meant to be.

  • Robin
  • Portland
  • 31 May 13 03:32

Hands down, for me it’s A Room With View—- Lucy Honeychurch and George Emerson!  Swoon!

  • barbara green
  • 31 May 13 01:03

My favorite love story is Mallrats.  Brodie Bruce neglects his girlfriend Rene, loses her, and takes refuge at the local mall. Hilarity ensures and against all odds, he wins her back.

  • Daniel
  • Portland, OR
  • 30 May 13 11:03

Romeo & Juliet.  I like it because it is a classic and has been copied through out time.

  • James
  • Troutdale
  • 29 May 13 04:04

My favorite love story is definitely between Christian and Satine in “Moulin Rouge”. I am moved in so many ways by the passion and danger of their entwining hearts. Against the wishes of a man with money and power, they fall for each other. The most beautiful thing about this romance is that it shows us that love is all we need. “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” No amount of fame or fortune should ever blind us from seeing what our hearts desire most.

As we watch Christian and Satine’s love unfold, it makes us laugh, cry, gasp, and cry some more. It’s so heart wrenching and beautiful! Though it was not given much time to develop (Satine’s death), what they had together was passionately entrancing. I could watch it a thousand times (and I have), and it would still give me chills.

Not to mention, they even have a secret lovers’ song! SO ROMANTIC!

“Come What May”
“Never knew I could feel like this
Like I’ve never seen the sky before
Want to vanish inside your kiss
Everyday I love you more and more
Listen to my heart can you hear it sings
Telling me to give you everything
Seasons may change winter to spring
But I love you until the end of time
Come what may. Come what may
I will love you until my dying day

Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place
Suddenly it moves with such a perfect grace
Suddenly my life doesn’t seem such a waste
It all revolves around you
And there’s no mountain too high no river too wide
Sing out this song and I’ll be there by your side
Storm clouds may gather and stars may collide
But I love you I love you until the end of time
Come what may come what may
I will love you until my dying day”

  • Lexie Quandt
  • Portland, OR
  • 27 May 13 10:33

My favorite love story is Hope Floats. I adore Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr. They’re so talented, they play such beautiful and nuanced characters. This story renews my faith in finding true love, even after tragedy. The story gives me hope, in the possibility of change.

  • Fabian Dorgan
  • Beaverton
  • 24 May 13 09:21

The love story that’s my favorite is Sleeping Beauty. I grew up idolizing the beauty, strength and grace of Princess Aurora and wishing I had fairy godmothers!  The music, colors and characters swept me up in the story. I still like watching it! It’s a passionate, emotional movie. I think that’s a major reason it’s stuck with me all these years. I am not waiting around for a Prince Charming to come into my life though! I’m responsible for my own happiness. I’m working on that.

  • Darcey Priss
  • 24 May 13 02:21

My youth was spent watching The Princess Bride on repeat- daycare, school, and home… I couldn’t get enough of the Dread Pirate Roberts and his quest to find his dear Buttercup.  The best romance always involves a fight with a fire swamp rat!! Or anything formatted to be a musical :D

  • Mariah
  • Portland, OR
  • 23 May 13 06:53

No Norse gods, ancient Grecian royalty or Elizabethan teenagers for me.  I identify more with Willy and Linda Loman, two ordinary people who have traveled life together and supporting one another even when times are bad.  In the end, both are worn down and numb, yet there is a link between them that never quite dissolves.  Linda’s final speech that attention must be paid underscores her continuing devotion to her life partner.  This is the fabric that so many long lasting marriages are made of.

  • David Wardell
  • Portland, Oregon
  • 23 May 13 05:34

I watched Somewhere in Time on The Movie Channel when I was 14 years old, a few years after it came out. I bawled and bawled, and it has been my favorite movie since. My heartstrings are still tugged whenever I hear Rachmaninoff.  Star-crossed lovers meets time travel, it couldn’t get any better unless…you make it a musical!  A child of the 80’s, I am also fond of the coming of age love stories like “16 candles” and “Say Anything”.

  • Eva B.
  • Portland, OR
  • 23 May 13 05:36

My all time favorite has to be The Christmas Box. I have loved that story every time I read it or see the movie.

  • D
  • Tigard
  • 23 May 13 04:06

“Casablanca’” of course.  Two good people thrown together by fate, then ripped apart.  They meet again by chance, and are faced with a choice: cling to their love, while betraying a great cause; or give each other up for the greater good.  It doesn’t get more powerful than that!

  • Paul Mendenhall
  • Longview, WA
  • 23 May 13 01:27

I absolutely LOVE Somewhere in Time.  My husband and I have been married 26 years and it was one of those amazing stories we watched while we were going out.  Makes me cry every time!!


  • Nancy
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • 23 May 13 12:10

My favorite love story is from the animated movie “Up”. The first 8 minutes of the movie are quiet, yet the incredible love story of Carl and Elie shines through like no other. Tears me up every time.

Somewhere In Time is a movie I have owned on DVD for years - it is my favorite live romantic love story. I can’t wait to see this musical!

  • Kerri
  • 22 May 13 09:09

I like to think I am like Elizabeth Bennett.  I like romances were the lovers initially can’t stand each other, like Elizabeth & Fitzwilliam Darcy, Beatrice & Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and Katherine & Prtruchio in Taming of the Shrew.

  • Mary Rice
  • 22 May 13 09:08

Disguised as a movie about boxing, “Rocky” is actually one of the greatest love stories of all time. It’s the American dream… a down on his luck immigrant gets a shot at the prize fight. He simultaneously falls head over heels for the timid bookworm. She eventually blossoms into the strong woman whose love makes all things possible, against all odds.

  • 1
  • Portland
  • 22 May 13 09:34

“Somewhere in Time” is definitely a heart wrenching love story that always gets to me and I must admit I have a weakness for Jane Austin’s “Pride and Prejudice”, preferably the the BBC version if we are talking film.  However, my favorite love story is a bit unconventional but it’s one that I love. “When Harry Met Sally” Yes, yes some may say its not a tragic, roller-coaster ride of emotional grab the tissue box love story but it always gets me when Harry runs in and tells Sally “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

Somewhere in Time is my favorite love story.  I make everyone watch the movie with me and I always cry.  That’s is why I will be coming to see your production.  grin

  • Christina Mays
  • Battle Ground
  • 22 May 13 08:34

Of course “Somewhere…” so captured the imagination combining, not only Love that crosses time but also some fantasy, adventure and thought-provoking ‘what-ifs’ !
Also the Shogun series had epic romance through 3 large books!

  • Richard (yes my real name) Pero
  • Paradise, CA
  • 21 May 13 06:26

I am still a sucker for Gone with the Wind. That spunky, stubborn Scarlett and the ultimate loveable rogue, Rhett Butler, are my favorite on-screen romance. I fell in love with the film as a teenager and still love those two today.

  • natalie
  • 20 May 13 11:15

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