Dear World (with book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, new version by David Thompson and based on an adaptation by Maurice Valency of the play The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux), music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, opened last night at the York Theatre starring Tyne Daly with Alison Fraser, Ann Harada, Lenny Wolpe, Dewey Caddell, J. Bernard Calloway, Ben Cherry, Stephen Mo Hanan, Erika Henningsen, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Peter Land, Gordon Stanley, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden. Director: Michael Montel.
Musical Director: Christopher McGovern. The Artistic Producing Director is James Morgan. Dear World is part of the acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series.
When a group of businessmen scheme to drill for oil in Paris, there is only one force in the world that can stop them: Countess Aurelia, the Madwoman of Chaillot. With the help of idealism, love, and poetry—not to mention two other madwomen, a local sewerman, and a pair of young lovers—the Countess fights to save Paris and the world from greed. With Dear World’s opening on Broadway in 1969, Mr. Herman became the first composer-lyricist to have three productions simultaneously running on Broadway, and for her performance 2015 Oscar Hammerstein Honoree Angela Lansbury received the second of her five Tony® Awards.
Theater Pizzazz’ Mark Ryan (MR) Anderson was on the scene to capture it all.