Dear World (New York City Center)
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Dear World (New York City Center)

Dear World (New York City Center) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(100 Reviews)
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Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Dated, Quirky

A revival of Jerry Herman's classic musical comedy starring Donna Murphy.

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928 Reviews | 933 Followers
Slow, Uninspired lyrics, Nonsensical "story", Moth balls, Dated

See it if Donna Murphy! All the singers are great.

Don't see it if It's what is sung that is useless. There's something to be said about nostalgic, this is rotting.

903 Reviews | 1029 Followers
Boring, Great singing, Dated

See it if You are a fan of Donna Murphy and want to see her in a very dated and mediocre show. She sings beautifully.

Don't see it if You dislike dated shows. Old fashioned is fine but this was probably not great even when it initially premiered.

735 Reviews | 159 Followers
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You’re a fan of Jerry Herman, Donna Murphy or others in the cast, you want to listen to the played by large orch. & great singers

Don't see it if You’re expecting Hello Dolly, Mame or La Cage, you’re a male corporate big shot, don’t like Jerry Herman scores,

746 Reviews | 113 Followers
Great orchestra, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a rare showing of Jerry Herman's show. Encores does a wonderful production of it although some of the story is strange.

Don't see it if you like the more mature shows of Jerry Herman. Read more

664 Reviews | 293 Followers
The great jerry herman is not always great, Charming but oh so slight

See it if features charming triumvirate of eccentrics-force of nature Donna Murphy who dominates stage, kookie A Harada & A Burns; 1st rate orchestra

Don't see it if w/o memorable tunes or a credible plot, no strong reason to revive old fashioned musical like World Read more

652 Reviews | 243 Followers
Fluffy, Confusing, Inane, Stupid, Strange

See it if You want to see one of the strangest, oddest flop musicals that is almost never revived.

Don't see it if Your tolerance for ridiculous stories is low. The book of this show is off-the-wall — in an extremely stupid way.

516 Reviews | 731 Followers
Optimistic, Delightful, Great singing, Resonant, Quirky

See it if you’re looking for a show that can add some optimism to our often cold, greed-ridden world. This is a charming, whimsical gem.

Don't see it if whimsy isn’t your thing or you can’t take on-the-nose commentary on the state of the world.

501 Reviews | 329 Followers
Why this show?, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if you like to see all the Encores! shows (I do, they are usually wonderful). The problem was not the production, there was so much talent.

Don't see it if you want to see a show that will move you...or that will even make sense. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
March 16th, 2023

CRITIC’S PICK: "Considering our current climate of reactive, out-loud politics, the melodramatic straightforwardness of Lawrence and Lee’s story doesn’t seem as far-out as it once did. Now, as then, Herman’s tuneful, yes-we-can score holds a steady beat for all to march to."
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March 16th, 2023

“The flaws of Dear World are pretty apparent. It doesn't quite make sense, nor does it really work as a musical comedy. No, this production does not make a sudden case for ’Dear World ’as a neglected gem, but it does give this cuckoo crazy musical the best possible contemporary production it could want.”
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March 17th, 2023

"Dear World," the not terribly successful 1969 Jerry Herman musical based on Jean Giraudoux’s "The Madwoman of Chaillot" (1945), was basically a vehicle for the brilliant Angela Lansbury. It needs a star to pull off its quirky inconsistency and New York City Center Encores! has a gem, Donna Murphy, who, though under-rehearsed due to a Covid scare and carrying her script, gives a colorful and moving performance as its central character, Countess Aurelia.
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Exeunt Magazine
March 19th, 2023

“This is how it should be done...It has it all: a lush orchestra playing a forgotten score, Broadway luminaries, laughs, romance, social commentary, and some minimal, but captivating design.”
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New York Theater
March 18th, 2023

more than just a vehicle for Donna Murphy…. It’s also a vehicle for other terrific talent, especially two of Broadway’s funniest character actors, Christopher Fitzgerald and Anne Harada, as well as a wonderful dancer named Kody Jauron ….I certainly gave Herman’s songs a dutiful listen, but I think I understand what might have kept audiences half a century ago from fully appreciating them – because I don’t fully appreciate them now either.
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