Ricky: No one described better longing and desire and wanting to hold on to time lost, than Proust.
Reporter: ‘My life with Albertine’ is a musical based on Marcel Proust’s master work ‘Remembrance of Things Past’ inspired by the narrator’s great love, Albertine.
Reporter: Tony Award nominated actress Kelli O’Hara played the show’s title role when it premiered off Broadway in 2003.
This year she met with the musical’s composer Ricky Ian Gordon in his Manhattan Apartment. They perform the show’s final number “If It Is True” commemorating the centennial of Proust’s first work in remembrance cycle.
Kelli: ‘If it is true, if it is so, you love me. If it is true, and I have heard you do.’
Ricky: Everything Proust describes is inherently musical. The thing about “If It Is True” is it’s just a pure and simple proclamation of love, simple, beautiful direct love which could never have happened in the story because their relationship was so fraught and obsessive and upsetting and real.
Kelli: He never found any kind of satisfaction from the relationship and there was such an obsession and then she dies.
Then this song is the gift you give back to Proust. This could be an idea how simple and pure and true her feelings could have been for you, or might have been, had she lived.
Kelli: “Then I am wealthier than a king, with love of you. You’re Albertine.”