Neglected Musicals in association with Hayes Theatre Co Presents
Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Based on “The Madwoman of Chaillot’ by Jean Giraudoux
As adapted by Maurice Valency
New Version by David Thompson
Broadway production produced by Alexander H. Cohen
Directed for the Broadway stage by Joe Layton
Presented by Neglected Musicals Pty Ltd By Arrangement with Tams – Witmark Music Library Inc
Directed by Nicholas Hammond
Musical Director Max Lambert
Producer Michelle Guthrie
Monday 3 August at 2pm & 8pm
Co Starring Genevieve Lemon, Simon Burke and Amanda Bishop
Directed by Nicholas Hammond, the 1969 Broadway Musical, DEAR WORLD is a clash of good and evil where the forces of idealism, love and poetry win over those of greed, materialism and science.
“Jerry Herman’s masterpiece, DEAR WORLD is a brilliant musical adaptation of The Madwoman of Chaillot combining magical realism, romance, and the triumph of good people over greed and venality” said Nicholas Hammond. “Its themes are timeless, and the music and lyrics Herman at the peak of his craft. Sometimes you need to feign madness in order to restore sanity to this world.”
Neglected Musicals presents musicals that have rarely or never been seen in Australia via a reading presentation with scripts in hand, the musical numbers sung through, after only one day’s rehearsal.
The original production of DEAR WORLD played at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on February 6, 1969, and played for 132 performances. It starred Angela Lansbury as Countess Aurelia. The musical received a Tony award for Best Actress in a Musical (Angela Lansbury), and a nomination for Best Scenic Design. In recent years a revised version of the musical has become available having been presented in Canada and the West End.
“This is a musical that I have always wanted to present for Neglected Musicals,” said producer Michelle Guthrie. “The cast we are assembling including Genevieve Lemon, Simon Burke and Amanda Bishop, is quite remarkable, it’s a wonderful show for such great talent.”
Countesses Aurelia, Constance and Gabrielle are faced with the prospect of being uprooted from their home when ruthless businessmen make plans to drill for oil in their Parisian neighbourhood of Chaillot. In order to overcome this threat, they must scheme and sabotage the evil Chairman of the Board’s operation. But will the help of a local waitress, a defecting businessman and a sewer man be enough to save the Countesses neighbourhood home? Or will the determination of greedy men triumph? Songs include; ‘I Don’t Want to Know’, ‘Kiss Her Now’, ‘Dear World’ and ‘I’ve Never Said I Love You’.
Neglected Musicals is not for profit, where the participants are volunteers. All proceeds from ticket sales fund the next Neglected Musical. More cast to be announced soon, cast subject to change without notice.
Monday 3 August at 2pm & 8pm Hayes Theatre Co – Potts Point
(Image from overseas production.)