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Do I Hear a Waltz?

From 42 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Dated, Entertaining, Disappointing, Romantic

About the show

Encores! revives the sole musical collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim, about a lonely American woman who journeys to Italy. More…

Adapted from Arthur Laurents' 'The Time of the Cuckoo,' 'Do I Hear a Waltz?' tells the romantic tale of Leona Samish (Tony-nominated Melissa Errico), a middle-class American woman who uses her meager savings for a long-dreamed-of trip to Venice. There she finds love, life, and her truest self. This 1965 musical has not enjoyed a major NYC revival since its original Broadway run.


Member Reviews (42)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Dated, Entertaining, Disappointing, Romantic
71
Avg Score

65
Absorbing, Entertaining, Uneven, Well acted, Disappointing

See it if it's on your bucket list. Whole is less than sum of its parts (music, lyrics, book work against ea other) but worthwhile. Errico is terrific

Don't see it if you need an intelligent plot, well-integrated songs, consistent characters. Still, a rare op for musical theater fans to see Rodg/Sond work.

80
Thought-provoking, Great singing, Old fashioned, Great music, Entertaining

See it if Beautiful old fashion music. Great voices and talent. Some eternal, some surprising themes and blunt psychological treatment.

Don't see it if You don't like concert productions, prefer your endings tied neatly & would rather avoid controversial themes. It ends like real life would.

82
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great music, Charming

See it if You like classic musicals with a beautiful score & great story. Performances are excellent, realistic story, one of my fav shows @ Encores!

Don't see it if You don't like old fashioned musicals or need a fairytale ending. I enjoyed the very realistic approach to the story.

65
Pleasant, Boring, Unclear, Complicated, Great singing

See it if you're a theater historian.

Don't see it if you like for a show to really grab you.

73
Musical about single american woman trying to find love in venice is old-fashioned but well-done

See it if /for sensuous dancing evoking romance of Venice, tuneful Rogers score, Sondheim's brilliant lyrics, hilarious sarah stiles steals show

Don't see it if want to see an edgy musical with high production values; still, play is surprisingly grown up in portrayal of European sex outside marriage

79
Minor rodgers -- minor sondheim

See it if Not great Rodgers -- not great Sondheim. But this is what Encores does and I'm grateful for it. The Laurents book reminded me of him - nasty

Don't see it if The orchestra sounded great. Clay Elder is always a delight. The operatic tenor Troxell was powerful. The dancer Devin Roberts is a fave.

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated, Great singing

See it if You enjoy great voices, nice score and Sondheim lyrics. Bravo Richard Troxell

Don't see it if hate a story about ugly Americans invading another country with their "values" Characters not at all likeable

92
Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Original, Great singing

See it if You love Sondheim if you love Melissa Erico if you want to sees rarely produced show if you want perfection

Don't see it if You want a happy feel good musical. This has a dark side.

83
Wonderful music, Surprisingly sad

See it if You like music of Richard Rogers and Stephen Sondheim, 1960's musicals, Melissa Erico, liked the film Summertime.

Don't see it if You like full scale productions. You like modern rock musicals. You waqnt all the bells and whistles.

30
Banal, Cliched, Indulgent, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if You're a completionist of Rodgers/Sondheim's oeuvre, or think that "finding love" is a perfectly acceptable reason to take a trip to Venice.

Don't see it if You can't stomach a contemptible heroine whose sole purpose is finding love, or a lead couple with zero chemistry.

79
Entertaining, Romantic, Intelligent, Clever, Great singing

See it if If you want to experience a great take on bittersweet love and romance by an early Sondheim

Don't see it if are bothered by adultery and less than happy endings

79
Ambitious, Resonant, Dated, Downer, Realistic

See it if Fantastic casting, thoughtful staging, luminous Melissa Errico; Rogers/Sondheim completists

Don't see it if Lack of thrills, Adequate to very good songs without a true memorable song, realism may be a turn-off for escapists

77
Dated, Great singing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a piece by two masters - Sondheim and Rodgers - that is a rare miss. Some lovely songs, but troubling book. Doesn't quite

Don't see it if you are easily annoyed by a book that doesn't quite work, or by a lead female character that has faults and is not always likeable

68
Delightful, Dated, Cliched

See it if you've never had a chance to experience this musical. The acting, singing, orchestra are all great, the story is just ok.

Don't see it if you are looking for something modern.

70
Dated, Great acting

See it if you want to see a little-performed Sondheim show, regardless of how unpolished it is.

Don't see it if you prefer shows with strong books, or you don't like the Encores set up.

59
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You like Venice and if liking Venice is enough for you.

Don't see it if You expect a non-cliched show with fully fleshed out characters and an interesting storyline that hasn't been done a thousand times.

78
Clever, Entertaining, Romantic, Disappointing, Dated

See it if It's gone now, but I was happy to see the show after liking the score all these years from the recording. The book and the score don't mesh.

Don't see it if The songs are often forced into the story and formulaic, but there are some beauties: Take the Moment, Do I Hear a Waltz, We're Gonna Be All

55
Dated, Disappointing, Predictable, Great singing

See it if you want to experience the partnership of Sondheim & Rogers.

Don't see it if you want likable characters & don't like dated stereotypes about Italians & sex. Also, don't expect any waltzing.

70
Confusing, Great singing

See it if you've even been curious about the show. It's great to hear the score. Not sure why it is a musical at all, though.

Don't see it if you insist on things being great from top to bottom. This isn't a homerun at all - but fascinating for musical theatre fans.

70
Great acting, Dated, Fluffy, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you love Sondheim and must see everything he has done

Don't see it if if you are not driven by the Sondheim factor - it feels dated and irrelevant

75
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are curious about this rarely staged Rodgers/Sondheim musical. Delightful, strong performances, another Encores! triumph.

Don't see it if you are looking for the best work from either of these musical theater greats. Charming though not substantial; a rare musical delight.

75
Fantastic music, Tonally muddled, Dated, Worthwhile, Charming

See it if The music. So many gems. Cute costumes. Charming and funny if lacking depth and understanding of material. Worthwhile for theatre buffs.

Don't see it if you want a perfect show. This production also struggles with tone and direction. The performances are just OK. Weak choreography.

79
Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy old-fashioned musicals, with clever lyrics

Don't see it if You dislike musicals

55
Banal, Indulgent, Weird, Disjointed

See it if you want to see the odd (and rare, for good reasons) combo of Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim, you want beautifully simple choreography

Don't see it if you want amazing musical moments, you want to fall in love with characters

70
Overrated, Dated, Great singing

See it if You're a true fan of Richard Rodgers and of Stephen Dondheim

Don't see it if You are bored by dated material


May 12th, 2016
“Comes across as a show about the pursuit of passion that has little passionate urgency itself...I can’t say that this ‘Waltz’ ever thrilled me. But I was fascinated by every second of it...The tone of ‘Waltz’ wobbles between sentimentality and cynicism. The same tension is felt in the songs...Ro...
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May 12th, 2016
"Many shows that look on paper like they shouldn’t work have nevertheless been brought to glory by terrific stagings. 'Do I Hear a Waltz?' is not one of those; it’s the opposite. The conflicts and compromises that leave their marks on its material are subtractive, not additive, making it very dif...
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May 12th, 2016
“None of it registers as among Rodgers or Sondheim's best work, but even their second-tier material is superior to almost everyone else's. Still, the piece is most effective in the book portions, which don’t successfully mesh with the musical sequences...Errico delivers a haunting performance. Th...
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May 12th, 2016
“The show spawned no standards and hasn’t been revived since its 1965 premiere. Yet a new semistaged Encores! production is lovely: Turns out ‘Waltz’ is loaded with gorgeous Rodgers melodies and terrific, biting Sondheim lyrics...Led by Melissa Errico, Karen Ziemba and lyric tenor Richard Troxell...
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