Courtney Love Is Coming to the A.R.T.

She'll appear in Kansas City Choir Boy at the Oberon.


Photo by Cory Weaver via A.R.T.

Coming soon to the American Repertory Theater: a contemporary opera co-starring Courtney Love.

The former Hole frontwoman, solo artist, and screen star (if you don’t remember her from The People vs. Larry Flynt, you may have caught her cameo on this season of Empire) will perform at the A.R.T.’s intimate second-stage theater, the Oberon, in Harvard Square this October. She’ll co-star in Kansas City Choir Boy alongside the decorated playwright and songwriter Todd Almond.

Love has had a love-hate relationship with Boston through the years. Hole’s Live Through This was recorded in Georgia, but was shaped by two of Boston’s finest alt-rock producers, Sean Slade (full disclosure: husband of Boston magazine executive editor Rachel Slade) and Paul Q. Kolderie. And the lyrics to Love’s song “Doll Parts” were written while she was staying at the Dorchester house of Joyce Linehan, who is now Mayor Marty Walsh’s chief of policy.

Love also notoriously feuded with Boston singer-songwriter Mary Lou Lord, who in the early ’90s dated Love’s future husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. (Further reading here, here, here).

Don’t expect any hits from Live Through This, though—Kansas City Choir Boy has Love and Almond performing his songs. The show, which premiered in New York earlier this year, is described alternately as “a theatricalized concept album about love altered by unexpected fate” and “a love song for the computer age and a product of the 24-hour news cycle.” Read more about the show over at Newsweek. Watch her perform “All I Ever Wanted” from Kansas City Choir Boy here:

Kansas City Choir Boy runs October 1-10 at the Oberon. Learn more at