|Thu Oct 30, 2003|
Hi Everyone -
I'm playing and conducting Monday night for a staged reading of Dear World with The Musical Theatre Guild at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. This is a new version featuring a new orchestration by Christopher Jahnke (a disciple of William Brohn), and I have had the privilege of working directly with composer Jerry Herman and director Glenn Casale in preparing for this performance. The cast and musicians are world-class, and it promises to be a memorable evening.
I'd be delighted if you attend.
John Sawoski musical directs Jerry Herman's Dear World in Concert Monday Nov. 3 (One Performance Only)
7:30 pm, Monday, November 3, 2003
at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203
Book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee
Music & Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT by Jean Giraudoux
While overshadowed by "Hello Dolly!" and "Mame", DEAR WORLD arguably provides us with Jerry Hermanís most lyrical score. And, with its infectious title song, the vital "I Donít Want to Know" (now a cabaret standard) and a triple counter-point mad tea party scene that would even make Puccini jealous, it is certainly his most thrilling. DEAR WORLD is based on the classic, yet still timely, "The Madwoman of Chaillot" which tells the tale of a wise old woman who saves the earth from greedy oil barons, all the while sheltering a pair of young lovers. It won the 1969 Tony Award for its original star, Angela Lansbury.
Reserved Seat Tickets
Adults - $35.00 / Children - $27.00
Purchase tickets online
or call the Alex Theatre box office at 818-243-ALEX (2539).
- Countess - Mary Van Arsdel
- Constance - Betty Vaughan
- Gabrielle - Susan Watson
- Prospector - Chuck Bergman
- Presidents - Helen Geller, S. Marc Jordan, and Glenn Shiroma
- Sewerman - Michael G. Hawkins
- Nina - Kim Huber
- Julian - Scott Bridges
- Waiter - Richard Israel
Orchestra (by special arrangement with Local 47, AFM):
Reed - Michael Mike Vaccaro
Horn - Steven L. Durnin
Accordion - Frank Marocco
Synth - Tom Griep
Percussion - Terry Schonig
Piano/Conductor - John Sawoski
Violinist - Julie Metz
Cello - Waldemar de Almeida, Jr.
Bass - Rick Shaw
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