DetailsDo 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 protÃ©gÃ©. 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. Running time: 2hrs 5mins (inclu. a 15 min interval)Performers Philip Lee (Renato Di Rossi), Rosie Strobel (Fioria), Matthew Kellett (Eddie), Rebecca Moon (Jennifer), Caroline Gregory (Giovanna), Bruce Graham (Mr McIlhenny), Victoria Ward (Mrs Mcilhenny).
Music Richard Rodgers. Music Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. Company Charles Court Productions. Director John Savournin. Musical Director David Eaton. Design Louie Whitemore. Lighting Nic Holdridge.