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Dear World [Original Broadway Cast]
     

Dear World [Original Broadway Cast]

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by Original Broadway Cast
 
Dear World, a 1969 musical adaptation of Jean Giraudoux's play The Madwoman of Chaillot (which had been a Broadway hit in the late '40s as translated by Maurice Valency), brought together many of the principals from the 1966 hit Mame, including composer Jerry Herman, book writers Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, and star Angela Lansbury. But all

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Dear World, a 1969 musical adaptation of Jean Giraudoux's play The Madwoman of Chaillot (which had been a Broadway hit in the late '40s as translated by Maurice Valency), brought together many of the principals from the 1966 hit Mame, including composer Jerry Herman, book writers Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, and star Angela Lansbury. But all of them seem to have been going for something off-beat, rather than another big commercial success. The anti-establishment theme, with its questioning of whether those thought to be insane aren't really saner than the rest of us, must have seemed timely. (The play was also adapted into a movie in the same year as the show.) And Lansbury, for one, had actually addressed something similar five years earlier with Stephen Sondheim's flop Anyone Can Whistle. But Sondheim might have made a better choice for songwriter than Herman, who was able to get into the material only to the extent of lamenting for an earlier time when life was glamorous, unlike the late '60s, when the clash between counterculture dissidents and the corporate establishment seemed to represent a choice between two evils. Herman gamely used plenty of French-sounding accordion music and wrote a title song that was clearly intended to have the same pop appeal as "Hello, Dolly!" and "Mame," as well as one of his trademark march songs, "One Person." He also came up with the seven-minute "The Tea Party," a colloquy among crazy women that was far from his usual style. But he was most at home, and most successful, with the sentimental ballad "And I Was Beautiful" and the defiant waltz "I Don't Want to Know," in which the madwoman rejects reality because, well, it just isn't fabulous enough. Dear World was a bad mix of talented creators and good source material that just weren't suited to each other.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/1992
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644822021
catalogNumber:
48220

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist
Milo O'Shea   cast
Pam Hall   cast
Don Pippin   Conductor
Bruce Becker   cast
Richard Dodd   cast
Tony Juliano   cast
Angela Lansbury   Vocals,cast
Gene Kelton   cast
Zale Kessler   cast
Carolyn Kirsch   cast
Carmen Mathews   cast
Patsy Sabline   cast
John Taliaferro   cast
Mary Zahn   cast
Gene Varrone   cast
Jane Connell   Vocals,cast
Clifford Fearl   cast
Charles Karel   cast
Jane Coleman   cast
William Larsen   Vocals,cast
Ted Agress   cast
Urylee Leonardos   cast
Kurt Peterson   Vocals,cast
Nicole Barth   cast
Jack Davison   cast
Ruth Ramsey   cast
Jacque Dean   cast
Larry Merritt   cast
Joe Masiell   cast
Charles Welch   cast

Technical Credits

Stan Freberg   Composer
Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Geoffrey Burgon   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Miklós Rózsa   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Trevor Rabin   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Harold Rome   Composer
Jerry Herman   Composer,Lyricist
John Kander   Composer
Don Pippin   Vocal Arrangements,Musical Director
Jerry Ross   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Philip J. Lang   Orchestration
Mark Mancina   Composer
David Shire   Composer
Oliver Smith   Scenic Design
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer,Reissue Producer,Remixing,Reissue Remixing
Charles Burr   Liner Notes
Marc Kirkeby   Liner Notes
Dorothea Freitag   Arranger
Joe Layton   Choreographer,Production Director
Wolfgang Steuhl   translation,Liner Note Translation
Genevieve Haines   translation,Liner Note Translation
Anna Saxon-Forti   translation
Fay Gage   Artwork
Jean Giraudoux   Story
Maurice Valency   Story Adaptation
Stephen Schwartz   Composer
Michael Davis   Contributor
Jerome Lawrence   Author,Book
Robert E. Lee   Book
Francis Pierce   Reissue Remixing
Janet Gari   Composer

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