Cast Size: Small (1-10) • Medium (5-21). Vocal Demands: Moderate. Dance Requirements: Some Dancing Required • Minimal. Good For: College/University • Amateur/Community • Professional Theatre.
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“What can be said is that the results are right up there with some of the best scores Rodgers helped turn out - and Sondheim's agile words are also among his most devilishly clever!”— David Finkle, The Huffington Post , May 12, 2016
“Do I Hear a Waltz? beautifully sets the growing archness of Sondheim's lyrics to Rodgers' traditionally romantic and spirited melodies.”— BroadwayWorld.com, May 12, 2016
Well before the first act was over it was evident that “…Mr. Rodgers is still king of the hill…”as Walter Kerr of the New York Herald Tribune put it – while Richard Watts of the New York Post praised Sondheim’s lyrics as being “…deft and intelligent…” The show, with book by Arthur Laurents, bas on his play “The Time of the Cuckoo,” went on to enjoy a run of 220 performances. In addition to its enduring title song, DO I HEAR A WALTZ? contains the beautiful “Take the Moment,” “Moon in My Window” and “Stay.”
Stephen Sondheim (lyricist) won Tony Awards as Best Composer and Lyricist for three consecutive years for Company, Follies and A Little Night Music. All three of these musicals won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, as did his Pacific Overtures. In 1979 Mr. Sondheim received a Tony and Two Drama Desk Awards for his score for Sweeney Todd. His accent to Broadway began with his lyrics for West Side Story, Gypsy, and DO I HEAR A WALTZ? and continued with music and lyrics for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Form and Anyone Can Whistle.
Richard Rodgers (composer) worked with his first collaborator, Lorenz Hart, for twenty-five years, during which time they wrote the songs for 26 Broadway musicals, 3 London musicals, and 9 films. They also collaborated on one night club revue and one non-musical play. Mr. Hart died in 1943 at the age of 48. Mr. Rodgers then entered another extraordinary partnership with a man he had known from their Columbia University days – Oscar Hammerstein 2nd, with whom he worked exclusively until Mr. Hammerstein’s death in 1960. Their partnership produced nine Broadway musicals, including Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music, as well as one film musical Cinderella. Mr. Rodgers continued to entertain Broadway and television audiences with his music until his death in 1979.
Tony AwardsJanuary 01, 1965 — 3 Nominations Including Best Composer and Lyricist
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Written By: Arthur Laurents
An attractive lady has been libeled. For years now she has been called a virgin and worse, and I would like to clear her record. Her name is Leona Samish, the heroine of a play I wrote called 'The Time of the Cuckoo.' She is also the heroine of a movie called 'Summertime.' And now she is the heroine of a musical called DO I HEAR A WALTZ? Why has she constantly been described as a 'spinster school teacher?' She is in her/my words a 'fancy secretary' in advertising -- and always has been. She is not now nor has she ever been a 'spinster school teacher.' Nor the over-age virgin that phrase connotes. What I wrote is the story of a woman who could not give herself emotionally, a woman young enough to have a chance at the future. Leona, the original Leona, has emotion, passion in her which wants to come out. One of the virtues, one of the beauties of the musical form is that passion and emotion can and should come out fully in music. That is a major reason I have always wanted to musicalize 'The Time of the Cuckoo': the real Leona sings.
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- DO I HEAR A WALTZ? - Orchestration Package (19 Books/20 Players)
- 1 – PIANO VOCAL SCORE
- 1 – REED I (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Optional Alto (G) Flute)
- 1 – REED II (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet)
- 1 – REED III (Oboe, Clarinet,Optional English Horn, Optional Flute)
- 1 – REED IV (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Optional Bassoon, Optional Flute)
- 1 – TRUMPET I-II (Trumpet I doubles Flugelhorn)
- 1 – TROMBONE I
- 1 – TROMBONE II
- 1 – TROMBONE III (Bass Trombone)
- 1 – PERCUSSION (see "Materials Notes", under "Production Information")
- 2 – VIOLIN A-B (Divisi)
- 2 – VIOLA (Divisi)
- 2 – CELLO (Divisi)
- 1 – BASS
- 1 – HARP (Doubling Celesta)
- 1 – GUITAR (Doubling Mandolin)
- Perusal Package (1Lib, 1 VB)
- 1 – Libretto
- 1 – Vocal Books
- Rehearsal Set (42 Books)
- 20 – Libretto
- 1 – Logo CD
- 20 – Vocal Books
- 2 – PIANO VOCAL SCORE
- Digital Logo
- DO I HEAR A WALTZ? - PRE-PRODUCTION PACKAGE
- 1 – Libretto
- 1 – PIANO VOCAL SCORE
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