Great love stories work well in any medium. Take, for example, the tragic tale of Tristan and Iseult. That ill-fated couple from medieval times was brought to life on stage by Richard Wagner in one of the most moving and influential operas ever written. (The movie version featuring James Franco, however, won't exactly make the history books.)

Great love stories work well in any medium. Take, for example, the tragic tale of Tristan and Iseult. That ill-fated couple from medieval times was brought to life on stage by Richard Wagner in one of the most moving and influential operas ever written. (The movie version featuring James Franco, however, won't exactly make the history books.)

Now the love story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet - less tragic but just as timeless - has been turned into a musical in a collaboration between the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department and Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation.

It's an all-local production: The 40-member cast will perform the script adapted from the Jane Austen novel by director John Heisel and assistant director Laura Jewell, with original music by local theater maven Julie DuSablon. The recreation departments hope this will be the first in a series of Austen novels turned plays.