Do I Hear a Waltz?

AN R&H THEATRICALS TITLE

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  5f, 4m, 1boy(s)

Music by Rodgers, Richard / Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim / Book by Arthur Laurents / Based on the play The Time of the Cuckoo by Arthur Laurents

This musical adaptation of The Time of the Cuckoo, a bitterweet romance set in Venice, was a unique collaboration of three giants of the musical theatre: Richard Rodgers, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim.

Photo: Joan Marcus

License Estimator

Use this tool for cost estimates based on your specific needs.

OVERVIEW

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 4m, 1boy(s)
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Accolades
Accolades
  • NOMINEE: Three 1965 Tony Awards, including Best Composer and Lyricist
Description
Leona, an unmarried American secretary 'of a certain age,' goes on a vacation to Venice where, under the spell of that enchanted city, she falls in love. The gentleman is an attractive, middle-aged shopkeeper, whose attentions give flight to her deepest dreams of romance. Too soon, however, he openly informs her that he is a contented family man, and Leona's hopes are dashed. She can, for a short time, harness romance, yet realizes that such a relationship would have nowhere to go. Still, might it be better than never having loved at all? This timeless story, whichwas also the basis of the movie Summertime starring Katharine Hepburn, remains a bittersweet testament to the complexities of the heart.
History
Do I Hear A Waltz? opened on Broadway on March 18, 1965 at the 46th Street Theatre and closed on September 25, 1965 after 220 performances. It starred Elizabeth Allen and Sergio Franchi; other principal cast members included Carol Bruce, Madeleine Sherwood, Julienne Marie, Stuart Damon, Fleury D'Antonakis, and Jack Manning.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Licence details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Setting:

Do I Hear A Waltz? takes place in Venice.

SPECIFIC LOCATIONS

Venice Pensione Garden
Di Rossi's Shop
Piazza San Marco
Pensione Interior
Pensione Façade

Casting

5f, 4m, 1boy(s)
Cast Attributes
  • Roles for Children
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
PRINCIPALS
4 Women
3 Men

FEATURED
1 Woman
1 Man
1 Boy

ENSEMBLE
Singing-dancing ensemble

CHARACTERS
Mauro
Leona Samish
Fioria
Eddie Yeager
Jennifer Yeager
Mr. McIlhenny
Mrs. McIlhenny
Giovanna
Vito
Renato Di Rossi

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements: Moderate
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large
  • Chorus Size: Medium
1. ''Someone Woke Up'' - Mauro, Leona, Casper
2. ''This Week Americans'' - Mauro, Leona, Fioria, Eddie, Jennifer, Mr. Mcilhenny, Mrs. Mcilhenny, Giovanna
3. ''Plane Song'' - Mauro, Leona, Fioria, Eddie, Jennifer, Mr. Mcilhenny, Mrs. Mcilhenny, Giovanna
4. ''Someone Like You'' - Jennifer, Eddie, Leona, Mauro, Vito, Di Rossi
5. ''Here We Are Again'' - Candida, Joe, Darrell, Jimmy, Leaon, Ensemble, Fioria, Mrs. Mcilhenny, Eddie, Jennifer, Giovanna
6. ''Thinking'' - Giovanna, Leona, Mauro, Di Rossi, Mrs. Mcilhenny, Mr. Mcilhenny, Fioria, Eddie, Jennifer
7. ''No Undersatand'' - Vito, Leona, Fioria, Jennifer, Eddie, Giovanna, Mauro, Di Rossi
8. ''Take The Moment'' - Vito, Leona, Fioria, Jennifer, Eddie, Giovanna, Mauro, Di Rossi
9. ''Moon In My Window'' - Jennifer, Fioria, Eddie,
10. ''We're Gonna Be All Right'' - Alfredo, Mrs. Mcilhenny, Mr. Mcilhenny, Giovanna, Leona, the Man, Mauro, Fioria, Jennifer, Eddie, Di Rossi
11. ''Do I Hear A Waltz?'' - Alfredo, Mrs. Mcilhenny, Mr. Mcilhenny, Giovanna, Leona, the Man, Mauro, Fioria, Jennifer, Eddie, Di Rossi
12. ''Do I Hear A Waltz? (Reprise)'' - Alfredo, Mrs. Mcilhenny, Mr. Mcilhenny, Giovanna, Leona, the Man, Mauro, Fioria, Jennifer, Eddie, Di Rossi
13. ''Stay'' - Alfredo, Mrs. Mcilhenny, Mr. Mcilhenny, Giovanna, Leona, the Man, Mauro, Fioria, Jennifer, Eddie, Di Rossi
14. ''Perfectly Lovely Couple'' - Eddie, Mrs. Mcilhenny, Jennifer, Fioria, Giovanna, Di Rossi, Mr. Mcilhenny
15. ''Everybody Loves Leona'' - Eddie, Mrs. Mcilhenny, Jennifer, Fioria, Giovanna, Di Rossi, Mr. Mcilhenny
16. ''Last Week Americans'' - Eddie, Fioria, Leona, Mrs. Haslam, Giovanna
17. ''Thank You So Much'' - Leona, Di Rossi, Mauro

Full Orchestration

Piano
Reed I (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Optional Alto (G) Flute)
Reed II (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet)
Reed III (Oboe, Clarinet,Optional English Horn, Optional Flute)
Reed IV (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Optional Bassoon, Optional Flute)
Trumpet I&II (Trumpet I doubles Flugelhorn)
Trombone I
Trombone II
Trombone III (Bass Trombone)
Violin A&B (Divisi)
Viola (Divisi)
Cello (Divisi)
Bass
Harp (Doubling Celesta)
Guitar (Doubling Mandolin)
Percussion
Trap Set
Timpani
Chimes
Wood Block
Ratchet
Vibraphone
Glockenspiel
Triangle
Bongos
Bells
Sandpaper
Castanets
Cymbals
Toms

Materials

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package:
22 Libretto
22 Vocal
1 Piano Vocal
1 Reed I
1 Reed II
1 Reed III
1 Reed IV
1 Trumpet I&II
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
1 Trombone III
1 Percussion
1 Violin A&B
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Harp
1 Guitar
1 Logo Pack

Piano Only:

22 Libretto
22 Vocal
1 Piano Vocal
1 Logo Pack

Additional Resources And Services Available

Media

Press

Do I Hear A Waltz? beautifully sets the growing archness of Sondheim’s lyrics to Rodgers’ traditionally romantic and spirited melodies.” — BroadwayWorld.com

“Deft and intelligent... the score is filled with pleasures... haunting... charming... brightly sardonic.” — The New York Post

“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

“Richly entertaining...There’s plenty that should be seen.”— Los Angeles Times

“It’s clear this uncommonly literate work opened far ahead of its time... The hard-edge themes seem closer to what we typically expect of Sondheim than of Rodgers, but their union yielded a beguiling score that beautifully dovetails with the bittersweet text. Sondheim’s incisively ironic lyrics foreshadow his later triumphs, and Rodgers’ melodies are lush and lovely.” — Backstage West

“Rodgers has flooded the stage with lilting melody... Sondheim is at his wittiest... everything about the musical is tasteful... quality is stamped on everything and everybody.” — Cue Magazine

Music Samples

More

Authors

Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers' contribution to the musical theatre of his day was extraordinary, and his influence on the musical theatre of today and tomorrow is legendary. His career spanned more than six decades, his hits ranging from the silver screens of Hollywood to the bright lights of Broadway, London and beyond. He was ...

View full profile

Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night (1954), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures< ...

View full profile

Arthur Laurents

Arthur Laurents (1917-2011) was the author of musical plays such as West Side Story, Gypsy, Anyone Can Whistle, Do I Hear A Waltz?, Hallelujah Baby! (1967 Tony Award For Best Musical) and Nick & Nora; and the screenplays The Snake Pit, Rope, Caught, Anastasia, Bonjour Tristesse, The Way We ...

View full profile

Now Playing

Community Experiences