We live in a dear world, and weâd better do what we can to protect it from greedy business moguls who want to exploit it at any cost.
Thatâs the message of âThe Madwoman of Chaillot,â the 1940s comic drama by Jean Giradoux that inspired âDear World,â the 1969 musical now playing at Very Little Theatre.
With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, youâd think a musical set in Paris would be a more exciting show. âDear Worldâ is sweetly bland, with a simple plot, but its heart is in the right place. It could have been written about world conditions today.
Unfortunately, with the exception of the Madwoman, Countess Aurelia (Michelle Sellers), the superficial characters lack nuance. This is more the fault of the script than the director/choreographer (Michael Watkins) or the actors.
Indeed, the show was extensively rewritten before reaching Broadway, where it ran just a few months. It allowed Angela Lansbury, however, to garner a best actress Tony award.
Leading a cast of 13, VLTâs Madwoman is the center of attention as she fights to overcome the forces of evil represented by three company presidents (Will Vanderbilt, Claude Offenbacher and Rob Roberts) and a prospector (opera singer…