Dear World (Revised)


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.

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  • 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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    The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

    is presented by arrangement with
    Tams-Witmark, A Concord Theatricals Company

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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.

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