Dear World [Original Broadway Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.) ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/1992
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644822021
  • Catalog Number: 48220
  • Sales rank: 45,915

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture
  2. 2 The Spring Of Next Year - Charles Welch
  3. 3 Each Tomorrow Morning - Angela Lansbury
  4. 4 I Don't Want To Know - Angela Lansbury
  5. 5 I've Never Said I Love You - Pamela Melanie Hall
  6. 6 Garbage - Jane Connell
  7. 7 Dear World - Angela Lansbury
  8. 8 Ballet
  9. 9 Kiss Her Now - Angela Lansbury
  10. 10 The Tea Party - Jane Connell
  11. 11 And I Was Beautiful - Angela Lansbury
  12. 12 Each Tomorrow Morning (Reprise) - Kurt Peterson
  13. 13 One Person - Angela Lansbury
  14. 14 Finale
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original Broadway Cast Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
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
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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