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Dear World

From 27 member reviews
Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting, Relevant

About the show

Tony and Emmy winner Tyne Daly stars in the York Theatre Company's spare revival of Jerry Herman's 1969 musical about French Countess Aurelia's efforts to fight big business and save her home. More…

When a group of businessmen scheme to drill for oil in Paris, there is only one force in the world that can stop them: Countess Aurelia, the Madwoman of Chaillot. With the help of idealism, love, and poetry—not to mention two other madwomen, a local garbageman, and a pair of young lovers—the Countess fights to save Paris and the world from greed. Part of the York's 'Musicals in Mufti' series spotlighting classic, underappreciated Broadway musicals. 'Mufti' means 'in everyday clothes, without all the trappings of a large production.' Each show is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging.


Member Reviews (27)

MEMBERS SAY:

Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting, Relevant
78
Avg Score

75
Clever, Relevant, Quirky, Engaging, Well performend

See it if you're a Herman fan, esp'ly if you've never seen DW. Bare bones production is fun, thanks to a strong cast. Some good songs, timely content.

Don't see it if you dislike staged readings.Actors on book. Only piano, bass, & accordion.. Show is wacky, but theme of evil rich men echoes in the present.

82
Delightful, Tyne daly!!!!, Great singing, Must see

See it if you like "lost" musicals in a semi-concert staging & you want to see proof that Tyne Daly is still & always an epic musical theater talent.

Don't see it if The book is weak & not all the songs are memorable, but I simply would not have missed this for the (Dear) World. Hurray for Mufti at York!

89
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you love Jerry Herman. This is one of his gems. Great score. And Allison Frasier hits a home run. Tyne Daily is terrific.

Don't see it if you want a polished production.

95
Enchanting, Romantic, Charming

See it if you love Jerry Herman, Tyne Daly, and want to catch a rare performance of an even rarer musical gem from the late 60s.

Don't see it if you need a totally polished production to be happy. They are on book with minimal set and costumes.

Also Jerry Herman fans must be calling the York home these days (at least u... Read more Read less

79
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Charming, A little-known gem

See it if you like classic musicals of the golden age - this one a sort of chamber musical with charming story & evocative score. Great performances!

Don't see it if you want something edgy. This is a chance to see the great Tyne Daly & a strong cast in an intimate theater space in a very sweet musical.

71
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a show that's a bit ridiculous, but still fun.

Don't see it if you need perfection in theater.

Also I can't say everything looked and sounded great in this production, bu... Read more Read less

80
Relevant, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if Tyne Daly, Ann Harada, Alison Fraser,all up-front and personal. Herman confection. Rarely produced musical. Theater history in a sm. house

Don't see it if Uncomfortable with unpolished and lack of poise. Actors with books.

61
Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if you love Tyne Daly, or want to take advantage of a very rare opportunity to see a lesser known work by Jerry Herman

Don't see it if you want a polished production (even going by mufti standards), you hate musicals with mediocre scores and a bad book.

78
Entertaining, Dated, Great singing, Refreshing, Fluffy

See it if Want to see a forgotten Jerry Herman musical. And Tyne Daly! The whole cast is excellent, but did I mention Tyne Daly in a 200 seat hous

Don't see it if Want a big production or deep meaning

76
Dated, Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You don't mind "Encores! Light", people with scripts, no staging, but sparkling performances of a little seen show.

Don't see it if You need a big production, an orchestra, costumes, or want a "current" edgy show. It's definitely a throwback, but pleasant.

75
Great acting, Funny, Great writing

See it if you want to see a talented group of actors at their best

Don't see it if you like a musical with memorable songs

75
Clever, Different

See it if you are interested in seeing a rarely-done Jerry Herman musical with a few great songs and a strong cast.

Don't see it if you can't get over a problematic book. Maybe it's been pared down too much, but it's easy to see why this wouldn't be a hit.

Also Alison Fraser is a national treasure.

85
Entertaining, Funny, Good score, Delightful

See it if you want to see a rarely produced Jerry Herman show with a delightful score.

Don't see it if you dislike Tyne Daly or Jerry Herman.

60
Relevant, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you're a musical theater fan who wants to see this rarely-produced work or if you are a Tyne Daly fan.

Don't see it if you are hoping for a realistic, deep story. It's pretty fluffy and the book leaves a lot to be desired.

71
Should see, Rarity, Quirky, Well meaning

See it if you are a lover of Musical Theatre and never seen this lesser known Jerry Herman shoulda been classic.

Don't see it if you don't want to deal with a bare bones production of a lush score with an extremely whittled down book.

70
Great acting, Entertaining, Bizarre, Ridiculous

See it if love traditional classic American broadway musicals

Don't see it if barely staged productions, crazy plot

79
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if you love hearing good voices sing lovely songs and if you want to be reminded about the evils of oil exploration and the greed of some.

Don't see it if you want the singers to know the words to songs and lines without having to look at a script. Do not see it if you want a full orchestra.

Also There are some funny lines, and Alison Fraser and Ann Harada are just ... Read more Read less

77
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want to enjoy some wonderful performances--Alison Fraser was a hoot

Don't see it if You need a full-length script or want to see the original version

Also Since it's famously a show that doesn't entirely work, this rewritten ... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if you adore Tyne Daley and the Jerry Herman score, and generally like the concert version style of Musicals at Mufti

Don't see it if you' re unfamiliar with the piece and don't have the best hearing. There are no mikes, and Daley & Fraser's accents are difficult at times.

86
Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Relevant

See it if You enjoy the chance to see a rarely performed musical with a first rate cast.

Don't see it if You are impatient with flawed shows or resistant to whimsy.

Also The script is surprisingly relevant to current politics. But it is obv... Read more Read less

85
Enchanting, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you want to experience a not-so-known musical by Jerry Herman and want to be charmed by Tyne Daly.

Don't see it if you are looking for a full-blown production with a "Hello, Dolly!" plot and well-known songs.

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You love Jerry Herman musicals or spectacular performances

Don't see it if You require elaborately staged musicals for enjoyment (this is part of York's Musicals in Mufti, or streetclothes, series),

Also Dear World was a notorious failure on Broadway many years ago. I knew ... Read more Read less

75
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You like great performances and a beautiful score

Don't see it if Not a Jerry Herman fan

75
Refreshing, Romantic, Funny, Nostalgic, Loose

See it if you're a Jerry Herman fan, curious about infrequently revived musicals, or a lover of strong musical theatre casting.

Don't see it if you expect pitch- & letter-perfect performances; in Musicals in Mufti, the cast is on book, and there often can be missed cues and misfires.

85
Delightful, Relevant, Delicious confection, Great opportunity, Unappreciated score

See it if you like tuneful songs, strong cast, musicals that aren't revived often, (usually with good reason), supporting small theater efforts.

Don't see it if you want glitzy production values or hate "not fully produced" performances. Actors are on book, and there are only two musicians.

Also My 85 here is in perspective for the staging and venue...not in contra... Read more Read less


February 27th, 2017
"As with so many failed musicals, the problem lies with the book, which is far too slight and precious to be involving...While the score is not one of Herman’s finest, it does display his gift for gorgeous melodies...Daly delivers a deliciously appealing comic performance that single-handedly jus...
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February 28th, 2017
"The juicy characters and the divine music and lyrics are a good enough reason to enjoy the York Theatre's concert mounting…Daly certainly charged into her role with moxie, but she didn't seem comfortable with her songs, frequently speaking the lyrics, and there was little realization of the poet...
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March 1st, 2017
"Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly makes a triumphant return to golden age musicals as the Countess Aurelia in The York Theatre Company's charming semi-staged concert version of Jerry Herman's much maligned 'Dear World.' The excellent Musicals in Mufti staging by Michael Montel with a top-flig...
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February 28th, 2017
“A mediocre score and a story line that devolves into parable…We must forgive Ms. Daly her French accent that waivers across international borders…There is no other actor as good at displaying wordless despair, and her quiet moments of remembering her old love are touching…Ms. Fraser is hilarious...
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