Musicals of noble aspiration always were a hard sell on Broadway. In 1948, Kurt Weill's Love Life barely ran out a season. Two years later, his Lost in the Stars, adapted by Maxwell Anderson from a novel of racial strife in South Africa, closed after just a few months. It did not help that the reviews were enthusiastic. Alan Jay Lerner called the score deeply moving and the title song a touching and heartbreaking blend of music and lyrics. The failure of Lost in the Stars literally broke Kurt Weill's heart.