In the early 1920's, shortly after World War One, "Death" takes human form as a young Russian Prince, Nickolai Sirki and visits a villa in Northern Italy for a three-day weekend, because he finally wants to know why men love life so much, and why they fear him so. Miraculously, nobody dies during that time, and he falls in love with the beautiful Grazia ? an exultant girl standing up in a speeding car at the beginning of the musical, crying out to her new fianc? to drive faster, a lovely young woman so vibrantly imbued with the thrill of life that she is, in her excitement, a moth drawn too close to the fascinating flame of death.
The musical is, in fact, about life ? the dear sweet preciousness of life that is all the more poignant for being so transitory, for having inevitably to end too soon. And being about life it is also largely about the mysterious power of love that sustains us all through the ever-diminishing number of days each of us has left. Old love, young love, unrequited love, ethereal love, romantic love ? the musical is about all of them.
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