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Harvard Love, Savoy Grill, Dionne Warwick Sings: London Weekend

Emma Williams as Jenny and Michael Xavier as Oliver in
Emma Williams as Jenny and Michael Xavier as Oliver in "Love Story" at the Duchess Theatre in London. The new musical, based on the book and film script by Erich Segal, has music by Howard Goodall and book and lyrics by Stephen Clark. Photographer: Manuel Harlan/Premier PR via Bloomberg

Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- One Harvard University student woos another on campus -- and they get no help from Facebook.

“Love Story” plots the story of a rich jock who weds a poor music student against formidable odds. Adapted from the 1970 tearjerker starring Ryan O’Neal, the musical has the same sad storyline, plus some good songs.

“Love Story” is at the Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, London WC2B 5LA. Information: http://www.nimaxtheatres.co.uk or +44-844-412-4659.

The Savoy Grill on the Strand is a short walk from the Duchess. This just-refurbished Art Deco restaurant is a treat to eat in, with pretheater tables from 5:30 p.m. daily. Past diners include Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. Information: http://www.gordonramsay.com/thesavoygrill/

Saturday

The onetime cover artist of the Saturday Evening Post has a big show in London.

Norman Rockwell offers consistently cheery visions of America -- a world of ruddy cheeks, roast turkey, and dutiful housewives. You’d never guess the man was a lifelong depressive.

“Norman Rockwell’s America” is at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, through March 27.

Information: http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/ or call +44-20-8693-5254.

Saturday Night

The Cirque du Soleil takes you right back to your roots with “Totem,” its latest spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall.

Tracking human evolution from its amphibian beginnings, the troupe performs its signature somersaults, leaps and juggles wearing primitive animal skins and reptilian bodysuits.

The show ends Feb. 17 at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP. Information: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com or +44-845-401-5045.

Cassis, a new bistro strong on Provence food and wine, is nearby. Head chef David Escobar comes from the three-Michelin-star Lameloise, near Dijon, and dishes may include a choice of homemade pates, fig chutney and country bread (8 pounds, $12.47). Owner Marlon Abela’s businesses include A Voce in New York, and Morton’s club, the Greenhouse and Umu in London.

Cassis is at 232-236 Brompton Road. Information: +44-20-7581-1101 or http://www.cassisbistro.co.uk/

Sunday

Dionne Warwick brings her greatest hits to London for the World Hunger Day Gala. The United Nations ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization has a huge repertoire including Burt Bacharach-Hal David songs such as “Walk on By” and “I Say a Little Prayer.”

The event also includes Natalie Cole, Elaine Paige, Mica Paris and opera singer Simon Keenlyside.

Apollo Victoria, 17 Wilton Road, SW1V 1LL. Information: http://www.thehungerproject.co.uk/getinvolved/worldhungerday/, http://www.officialtheatre.com/apollo-victoria-theatre/ or http://www.apollovictoriatheatre.org.

(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the writer on the story: Farah Nayeri in London at farahn@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Beech at mbeech@bloomberg.net.

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