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.
“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." Full Review
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.
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.
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.
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