Sunday, September 11, 2011
CD OF THE WEEK: DEAR WORLD
After turning Angela Lansbury into a Broadway star with MAME, Jerry Herman teamed up with her again for this musical adaptation of "The Madwoman of Chaillot" by Jean Giraudoux. Unfortunately, the audience and the critics didn’t like it and the show closed after a few weeks. Nevertheless, Lansbury won her second Tony with her performance.
For the score, Jerry come up with one of his best and most accomplished works. In fact his score is among the best ever written for a musical. The music is fabulous, but Herman’s lyrics are the best ones he ever wrote. Just listen to the genial “The Tea Party” and you’ll understand; this song is a true masterpiece. He also gave us his most beautiful waltz ever, the haunting “I Don’t Want to Know”. But there’s more, the enchanting “Kiss Her Now”, the sad “And I Was Beautiful”, the funny “Garbage”. In fact, for me there isn’t a minor song here and, although I read the Herman didn’t like it, I really enjoy the title song (I’m a sucker for this kind of numbers).
As for the cast, I can’t imagine anyone else as Countess Aurelia (the Madwoman of Chaillot). Angela Lansbury is perfection and puts her heart and soul in all her numbers, from “Each Tomorrow Morning” to “One Person”, she’s at the top her game. At her side, Jane Connell and Carmen Matthews are pure pleasure; together with Lansbury they bring the “house down” with the already mentioned “The Tea Party”.
This is a cast recording that should be cherished by every musical fan. There aren’t many jewels like this one and I just wish that one day this musical will get the success it deserves.
Like Herman wrote, this “It's the size of a dream!”