Do I Hear a Waltz?
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Do I Hear a Waltz?
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Do I Hear a Waltz? NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(43 Reviews)
Positive
65%
Mixed
33%
Negative
2%
Members say
Great singing, Entertaining, Dated, Romantic, Disappointing

About the Show

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

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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.

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
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...Rodgers’s score mostly seems to float up a lazy canal...Every so often, though, a whiff of the ‘wonderful mystical magical miracle’ stirs the air.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 difficult to pull off...The staging, by Evan Cabnet, was frequently awkward and generally monotonous. It was, of course, sung well."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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. The rest of the ensemble is equally fine...It's easy to see why ‘Waltz’ failed originally. But one must be grateful to Encores! for providing the opportunity to reassess this flawed gem.”
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New York Post
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, the cast is in fine voice and honors the songs — even as the hilarious Sarah Stiles steals the show in a monosyllabic role.”
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New York Daily News
May 12th, 2016

“Although the Encores! semistaged production doesn’t hide shaky spots and is a bit dry and underwhelming, the show is a fascinating, seldom-seen curio. There are some terrific songs...Rodgers’ melodies have typical sweep and bounce. Sondheim’s lyrics boast signature wit and acid...Leona is by turns nice and neurotic. She’s also a mean drunk. Errico traces those curves with gusto and her voice shines.”
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AM New York
May 12th, 2016

“The score is extremely uneven. Half of the songs show signs of the acerbic wit that Sondheim would employ to great effect five years later in ‘Company’ while the rest are uninspired, hollow ballads. Laurents’ book contains an interesting protagonist...but the storytelling is often static and sleep-inducing. As directed by Evan Cabnet, this is an elegant production of a work that is better off left in the drawer, as a footnote to Sondheim’s unparalleled career.”
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Theatermania
May 12th, 2016

“Often enjoyable, even when one can recognize that it is not a particularly great musical...The pieces never quite fit together in a way that engages our hearts, rather than just our brains...Under Cabnet's imaginative direction, it's the supporting players who make the strongest impression...Unfortunately, most of our time is devoted to the 'wash and wear Americans' at the center of the plot...The stakes couldn't be much lower.”
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BroadwayWorld
May 12th, 2016

“Well cast and skillfully handled as a knowing chamber piece...Melissa Errico is a chipper bundle of buoyancy...Opera star Richard Troxell makes an impressive musical theatre debut...Encores!'s ‘Waltz’ makes a strong case for the musical not being fully appreciated fifty-one years ago. True, there are plenty who do not go to musicals for lessons in shrugging off failed romances, but those seeking a mature and sober look at the perils of coupling will be singing its praises.”
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TheaterScene.net
May 14th, 2016

"Errico, Ziemba, and a lively cast do all their best in this excellent Encores! concert revival of Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim’s lackluster 1965 flop musical...It’s all mildly entertaining but not very compelling and overall dull...Cabnet has expertly staged the show with flair and visual precision...But as Sondheim describes it, 'Discussing the song 'Bargaining'…I said it was pleasant but no showstopper. Unfortunately, that describes the whole show'."
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Theater Pizzazz
May 12th, 2016

“It’s simply not a must-see musical for the majority of theatergoers. Still, one should grab a ticket to these few performances even if you’re only mildly interested in the material. Frankly, any ticket is worth the price just to see and hear Melissa Errico...Indeed, the entire cast hits every mark it can...I may not need to see ‘Waltz’ again, but I sure wouldn’t mind being able to hear this production on CD.”
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Broadway Blog
May 14th, 2016

"Occasionally clashing lyrics and melodies, though each finds its moments to shine throughout the score, but doesn’t explain Arthur Laurents’ odd book...With limited rehearsal, the cast approaches the material with zeal...Supporting cast members deliver light-hearted comic relief but the material never truly lifts off the page, leaving one to wonder if hearing this particular waltz after all these years was worth the wait."
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DC Theatre Scene
May 12th, 2016

“The Encores production brings out the charm of this modest musical...The cast, mostly first-rate New York theater pros, each gets at least one number worthy of their talents...Richard Troxell, who recently made his Met opera debut, shows off his luscious lyric tenor...No, Rodgers and Sondheim is not Rodgers and Hammerstein, but after the show, I heard more than one theatergoing whistling a happy tune on Seventh Avenue.”
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The Huffington Post
May 12th, 2016

"Right up there with some of the best scores Rodgers helped turn out—and Sondheim’s agile words are also among his most devilishly clever...Though singing as well as she always does, Errico hasn’t found the key to making Leona sympathetic, appealing despite her spite...A large part of the score is how Rodgers and Sondheim spread their goodies around. All the supporting players benefit...Do I hear a waltz? You bet I do. I can’t get it out of my head, nor do I want to."
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Newsday
May 13th, 2016

"It is almost too easy to see the first act, the hopeful one that promises romance to Leona, as the Rodgers’ show. After intermission, it feels as if Sondheim could no longer contain his sophisticated cynicism...The characters are caught in the middle—first loving, then fighting, perhaps settling for an uneasy compromise about middle-class morality...Director Evan Cabnet’s lovely production breezes through as if everything were not just historically interesting but stylistically sane."
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M
May 15th, 2016

"When it comes to storytelling, the production has its missteps, but hearing the under-appreciated score achieve glorious dimension makes this revival eminently worthwhile…Unfortunately, the conflict in this production, under the direction of Evan Cabnet, seems more schematic than emotionally-driven, and a large part of that may simply be miscasting…Also detracting from the reality of the piece is a broadness in the playing of some of the subsidiary characters."
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Epoch Times
May 15th, 2016

"Both satirical and surprisingly poignant…Though 'Do I Hear a Waltz?' is rather lightweight, it really didn’t feel dated that much. Many parts of the show felt quite relevant…Both Rodgers and Sondheim had noted their collaboration was not a happy one. Indeed, their musical styles seemed at odds with each other, and with the story itself at times…Yet the score still hit the mark more than it missed."
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Z
May 15th, 2016

“What do you get when you team the greatest composer of Broadway’s Golden Age with the man who would essentially create the modern American musical? Unfortunately, you get the pallid, static mishmash that is ‘Waltz’...The resulting show is thoroughly professional in its craft, but devoid of inspiration…The songs in ‘Waltz’ are always professional, sometimes inspired, but rarely transportive.”
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Z
May 16th, 2016

"There is just something lacking here...It’s hard to finger point it since the script and musical numbers are all well-written and well-placed, but they lack the density of other shows the two artists created...Though the story is not particularly strong, the cast and ensemble truly give it all they have. As a whole, they bring life to the otherwise slightly dull plot...This Encores! performance was still a night well spent at the theatre.”
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