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Do I Hear a Waltz? archiveDo I Hear A Waltz? is the only collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim. Apparently a dying Oscar Hammerstein made Rodgers promise he would do a musical with Sondheim, who was Oscar s protégé. This musical was that promise fulfilled. In spite of their inherent dislike of each other the show came out as worthy Broadway fare, its score richly varied with samba, tango, waltz and searing love songs. It is a charming, bittersweet story set in Venice, about the holiday romance between Leona, a thirty something American, and Renato, a somewhat older Venetian shopkeeper. Under the spell of that enchanted city they fall in love, his attentions giving flight to her deepest dreams of romance. Around Leona and Renato revolve two American couples, the owner of the pensione and her maid. Do I Hear A Waltz? is about love and what it means, about the clash of cultures and about growth and change. Leona can for a short time harness romance, yet realizes that such a relationship would have nowhere to go - Still, might it be better than never having loved at all? Featuring Sondheim s incisive lyrical wit and Rodgers' last great romantic and sprightly score, this timeless story remains a bitter sweet testament to the complexities of the heart.

Music Richard Rodgers. Music Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents.

Archive listings for Do I Hear a Waltz?

Work type: Musical.


Running time: 2hrs 5mins (inclu. a 15 min interval)Company Charles Court Productions. Director John Savournin. Musical Director David Eaton. Design Louie Whitemore. Lighting Nic Holdridge. Performer Philip Lee (Renato Di Rossi). Performer Rosie Strobel (Fioria). Performer Matthew Kellett (Eddie). Performer Rebecca Moon (Jennifer). Performer Caroline Gregory (Giovanna). Performer Bruce Graham (Mr McIlhenny). Performer Victoria Ward (Mrs Mcilhenny).
5 Mar 14 to 30 Mar 14Park Theatre, Inner London :: V691990888
listing details L0337464075


Producer Pasadena Playhouse. Director Robert McWhir. Director David Randall (music). Choreographer David Lucas. Design Tony Common. Lighting Richard Lambert. Costume Seema Iqbal. Performer Sanna Stolli (Leona Samish). Performer Daniel Gillingwater (Renato Di Rossi). Performer Gabriella Santinelli (Jennifer Yeager). Performer Alexander Evans (Eddie Yeager). Performer Zoe Ann Bown (Mrs McIlhenny). Performer Ian Dring (Mr McIlhenny). Performer Susan Raasay (Fioria). Performer Julia Riley (Giovanna). Performer Paul Russell (Vito). Performer Connall McCoy (Mauro).
7 Sep 05 to 1 Oct 05Landor Theatre, Inner London :: V254
listing details L1663312941


This is the first London professiional staged production of this work - a fancinating original from what was ultimately an unhappy collaboration.Company Mabs Factory Theatre Company. Director Myles Stinton. Director Danny Whitby. Design Mike Lees. Lighting Eljay Cook. Performer Kate Copstick. Performer Rebecca Little. Performer Ras Johansen. Performer Leahn Sharman. Performer Susan Scott. Performer Daisy Moon. Performer Tom Murphy. Performer Cameron Kendrick.
24 Jun 99 to 17 Jul 99Landor Theatre, Inner London :: V254
listing details L01764493764

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