Dear World (Revised)


Adapted from Jean Giraudoux’s play The Madwoman of Chaillot, DEAR WORLD is a haunting, delicate and charming musical celebrating life, passion and madness. A Tony award winner for its original leading lady Angela Lansbury, the musical features some of Jerry Herman’s most beloved songs, including “Kiss Her Now,” “Each Tomorrow Morning,” “I’ve Never Said I Love You,” “I Don’t Want To Know” and the title song.

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  • In wartime Paris, the eccentric Countess Aurelia, also known as “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” lives in the cellar of a small bistro, ruing the loss of a long-ago lover and reminiscing about her past. When a heartless corporation decides to blow up the bistro to access the valuable oil beneath it, Aurelia and her band of motley friends conspire to save the café. Meanwhile, the Countess encourages the romance between a young executive named Julian and Nina, the bistro’s waitress.

    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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  • Combo Instrumentation

    1 Reed (Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, & Bass Clarinet)
    1 Horn
    1 Violin (One Player)
    1 Cello (One Player)
    1 Bass
    1 Keyboard Synthesizer
    1 Percussion
    Piano (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material)

  • Rehearsal Materials

    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.

  • Act I

    1. Overture – Orchestra
    2. Opening Scene – Orchestra
    3. “Through The Bottom Of the Glass” – Countess
    4. Reprise: “Through The Bottom Of the Glass” – Countess
    5. Riverbank – Orchestra
    6. “Just A Little Bit More” – President, Prospector, & Lawyer
    7. Reprise: “Just A Little Bit More” – President, Prospector, & Lawyer
    8. More Playoff & Scene Change – Orchestra
    9. Chimes – Concertina Underscore #1 – Orchestra
    10. Drowned Man – Orchestra
    11. Concertina Underscore #2 – Orchestra
    12. “Each Tomorrow Morning” – Countess
    13. First Reprise: “Each Tomorrow Morning” – Countess & Chorus
    14. Concertina Underscore #3 – Orchestra
    15. “I Don’t Want To Know” – Countess
    16. Second Reprise: “Each Tomorrow Morning” – Countess
    17. “I’ve Never Said I Love You” – Nina
    18. Flea Market – Orchestra
    19. Sewerman Scherzo – Orchestra
    20. “Pretty Garbage” – Sewerman, countess, Gabrielle, & Constance
    21. “Ugly Garbage” – Sewerman, Constance, & Gabrielle
    22. Ugly Garbage (Dance) – Sewerman & Company
    23. “One Person” – Countess & Chorus

    Act II

    24. Entr’acte – Orchestra
    25. “The Spring of Next Year” – President, Prospector, & Lawyer
    26. Stoned Music – Orchestra
    27. “Memory” – Constance
    28. “Pearls” – Countess & Gabrielle
    29. “Dickie” – Gabrielle
    30. “Voices” – Constance
    31. “Thoughts” – Countess
    32. “Tea Party Trio” – Countess, Constance & Gabrielle
    33. Ber-ber Underscoring – Orchestra
    34. “And I Was Beautiful” – Countess
    35. Beautiful Playoff – Scene change – Orchestra
    36. “Dear World” – Julian & Company
    37. Descent – Reprise: “Spring of Next Year” – President, Lawyer, Prospector, & Pimps
    38. “Kiss Her Now” – Countess
    39. Finale Ultimo – Countess & Company
    40. Bows – Countess & Full Company
    41. Exit Music – Orchestra


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    Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance
    FreeFall Theatre Company St. Petersburg, FL 04/25/2020 05/24/2020