Dear World
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Dear World

Dear World NYC Reviews and Tickets

(30 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, 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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (30)

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360 Reviews | 76 Followers
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. Read more

581 Reviews | 89 Followers
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.

135 Reviews | 36 Followers
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. Read more

83 Reviews | 25 Followers
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), Read more

88 Reviews | 19 Followers
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.

192 Reviews | 24 Followers
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.

291 Reviews | 716 Followers
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!

55 Reviews | 12 Followers
Relevant, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if If you're a Jerry Herman and Tyne Daly fan. The rest of the cast is pretty darn good too. For a musical from 1969, it's scarily relevant.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy musicals on book, or a performance without an orchestra or big staging.

Critic Reviews (10)

The Hollywood Reporter
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 justifies this incarnation...Considering the circumstances, director Michael Montel gives the musical an extremely polished staging."
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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 poetic eccentricity written into the script...On the other hand, Alison Fraser...fully embodies the tone of the show...Likewise, Ann a daffy treat."
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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-flight cast also includes such Broadway veterans as Alison Fraser, Ann Harada, Gordon Stanley, Stephen Mo Hanan, Lenny Wolpe, Peter Land and J. Bernard Calloway."
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Front Row Center
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 as the elderly and quite dizzy Constance…Ms. Henningsen gets a ballad that comes out of nowhere, and we are all the better for it...Her lovely voice elevates the entire production."
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Times Square Chronicles
February 26th, 2017

"The York Theatre Company’s 'Dear World' is perfectly cast. Daly chooses her own reality and breaks our hearts...Fraiser all but steals the show with her wide-eyed insanity and perfect timing. Wolpe gets the most out of his role with his clear vocals and stamp on reality...The direction by Michael Montel is simple, yet effective...David Thompson’s adaptation is relevant to today."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
February 28th, 2017

"Ms. Daly was a bit tentative at first but soon moved solidly into the role...'Dear World'...has always been problematical for its mix of reality and flights of fancy in the imaginative plot and bizarre characterizations. Its best quality is charm, and the cast in the Mufti production handily conveys that aspect of the work as it progresses...Alison Fraser is a hoot as Madame Constance, the Madwoman of the Market, and Ann Harada is amusing as the Madwoman of Montmarte."
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March 4th, 2017

"Tyne Daly is dotty, tender, stubborn, and, in context, believable. She’s chosen to deliver her lines in short, nervous, blinking phrases adding to personality. Moments of deep recollection are emphatically touching. Daly’s voice is open-throated and fine...Director Michael Montel might have a little more fun with his characters. McGovern and Tucci provide splendid arrangements and musicianship...Not one of Jerry Herman’s best efforts, but still rather charming in its entirety."
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Show Showdown
March 5th, 2017

"This production was a total delight. Tyne Daly took the lead role of Countess Aurelia, and she was nothing short of magical...It is full of romance and humor and some excellent songs from Jerry Herman...The trio sung by the three madwomen is as much fun as anything you'll see on a stage, and Daly, Alison Fraser, and Ann Harada nailed it. The rest of the cast was also excellent, with some gorgeous, gorgeous voices."
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