Its heart is in the right place, but script leaves VLT’s ‘Dear World’ sweetly bland | Arts

We live in a dear world, and we’d better do what we can to protect it from greedy business moguls who want to exploit it at any cost.

That’s the message of “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” the 1940s comic drama by Jean Giradoux that inspired “Dear World,” 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, you’d think a musical set in Paris would be a more exciting show. “Dear World” 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, VLT’s 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…

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