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Dear World coming to America?
Posted by Joviedamian 2013-01-22 04:06:41


Per BWW interview:

Gillian Lynne-

"We're running for eight weeks, but we hope to be picked up during that time. There is colossal interest, from America too."

Read more: http://westend.broadwayworld.com/article/BWW-Interviews-Gillian-Lynne-About-DEAR-WORLD-And-CATS-20130121-page2#ixzz2Ih45iXXg

Dear World coming to America?
Posted by goldenboy 2013-01-22 09:38:25


I would love for them to bring it here so I don't have schlep back to London in the
Spring.

Dear World coming to America?
Posted by emilyfaye48 2013-01-22 10:11:06


yes please

Dear World coming to America?
Posted by After Eight 2013-01-22 10:14:38


"There is colossal interest, from America too"

I wonder why there would be "colossal" interest ftom America in presenting Dear World when there has been practically none here in the 44 years after its premiere.

Does everything have to have a London imprimatur to accord it value? And does anything with said imprimatur immediately have it?

But by all means, let's hope it comes.

Because, dear world, do we ever need Dear World now.


Dear World coming to America?
Posted by Wynbish 2013-01-22 10:32:56


Could Betty's involvement be the catalyst for why it's "colossal" now?

Dear World coming to America?
Posted by After Eight 2013-01-22 10:47:40


^

Maybe.

But she didn't seem to generate much interest --- or box office -- in White Lies a few years ago.

Dear World coming to America?
Posted by Reginald Tresilian 2013-01-22 11:12:32


That's true. On the other hand, she didn't sing in that.

I think the combination of Buckley back in a musical, and a seldom-seen but often-discussed show might just work.

Dear World coming to America?
Posted by castlestreet 2013-01-22 11:29:59


Small theater, would be Buckley's first go on a Broadway stage since I believe Triumph of Love- might sell. Especially if word of mouth is strong our of London.

Dear World coming to America?
Posted by PalJoey 2013-01-22 11:47:42


I would go see Betty Buckley sing this score, especially "I Don't Want to Know." In a heartbeat.

Dear World coming to America?
Posted by Mr Roxy 2013-01-22 15:43:28


Angela L could not sell it so why will Betty be able to?

Dear World coming to America?
Posted by Matt Rogers 2013-01-22 19:55:01


Wasn't this some big flop when it originally opened? It played on Broadway a couple of months in the late 60's and then closed. Unless this is some sort of revealatory reinvention , WHY BOTHER?

Dear World coming to America?
Posted by hushpuppy 2013-01-22 20:22:56


Why bother? Because, IMHO, the show has a wonderful score by one of America's great musical composer/lyricists. Yes, it was a major flop in 1969, but if you refer to Jerry Herman's autobiography, he describes how the original production was mis-conceived as a 'big' musical, booked into a huge house (the Mark Hellinger), where it is really a small show that should have been staged more intimately. Plus, audiences were expecting to see the glamorous Angela Lansbury from MAME, not a dotty old hag. Listen to the score, it's marvelous. Besides, if we don't revive and re-examine flops, we're doomed to endless revivals of OKLAHOMA! and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

Dear World coming to America?
Posted by Matt Rogers 2013-01-22 20:46:14


Well, I don't say this often, but, point taken! Do we think Miss B will behave herself?

Dear World coming to America?
Posted by Dollypop 2013-01-22 21:04:09


What's wrong with THE SOUND OF MUSIC?

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Posted by Mr Roxy 2013-01-22 21:34:17


Dolly. Nothing wrong with TSOM

I saw the original and agree the score is a gem. I still see no reason for a revival

Dear World coming to America?
Posted by frontrowcentre2 2013-01-22 22:04:27


Having recently seen a scaled down local production, the musical doesn't really work because the writing is too heavy-handed. Also it is not really a show for a big lady star. Yes, the countess is central to the story, but the role might be more effective when played by a performer with less high wattage presence.

The score - as has been noted - is wonderful but it is not the right score for such a delicate piece. It plays big and brassy when what the source material requires is more of a chamber opera approach. (Something more along the lines of PIAZZA.) Trouble is, people who know the songs from the OBCR want to hear the songs in that style, but what works on a record doesn't always work in the theatre.

Dear World coming to America?
Posted by After Eight 2013-01-22 22:24:07


"Also it is not really a show for a big lady star. "

The Giraudoux play was performed by Marguerite Moreno, Edwige Feuillère, Martita Hunt, and the movie by Katharine Hepburn. Big lady stars, high wattage presence.


The score works in the theatre and on record. The last thing Dear World, or any show needs, is an etiolated, ugly chamber score à la Piazza.

Dear World coming to America?
Posted by jayinchelsea 2013-01-22 22:26:24


Saw the original show, and while Angela was excellent and there are some really good songs, the book was a mess and the evening overall was a bore. Is there a Broadway producer out there who has millions of dollars to invest in a show that doesn't work? And can Betty Buckley sell a bad show? It wasn't the production that was a problem, it's the show.