DEAR WORLD is based on Jean Giraudoux’s play The Madwoman of Chaillot. A corporation has discovered oil under the streets of Paris, directly under a bistro. The Countess Aurelia (known as The Madwoman of Chaillot) lives in the bistro’s basement, driven mad because of a lost lover and reminiscing about her past. When the corporation decides to blow up the bistro to get the oil, a young executive, Julian, helps to foil the plan because he has fallen in love with Nina, the bistro’s waitress. Aurelia lures the corporation executives to the underground in the sewer system.
In a modern-day clash of Good and Evil, a deranged “countess” and her associates scheme to stop businessmen from drilling for oil under the streets of their Parisian neighborhood.
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by 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
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1 Reed (Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, & Bass Clarinet)
1 Violin (One Player)
1 Cello (One Player)
1 Keyboard Synthesizer
Piano (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material)
2 Piano/Conductor Scores
20 Libretto/Vocal Books
The Countess Aurelia – the Madwoman of Chaillot
Mme. Constance – the Madwoman of Passy
Mme. Gabrielle – the Madwoman of St. Sulpice
The Sewerman – an elegant slob with superb manners, the authority on underground Paris
Nina – a waitress at the Café Francis
Julian – a young assistant to the Presidents
The Sergeant – a Police Officer assigned to Chaillot, near the Seine
The Waiter at the Café Francis
The Mute – a young street urchin
President Number One – The International Substrate of Paris, Inc.
President Number Two – The International Substrate of Paris, Inc.
President Number Three – The International Substrate of Paris, Inc.
The Prospector – a Cassius-like cadaver of a man in an oversized raincoat
DEAR WORLD opened on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, February 6, 1969 and played for 122 performances starring Angela Lansbury in the title role. This revised version of the show opened at the Sundance Theatre in Utah, June 2002 starring Maureen McGovern in the title role.
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