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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)


Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting, Relevant

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.

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.

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.

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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