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Dear World

A modern-day clash of Good and Evil.

A deranged countess and her associates scheme to stop businessmen from drilling for oil under the streets of their Parisian neighborhood.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama

  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre
DEAR WORLD is based on Jean Giraudoux’s play The Madwoman of Chaillot.

A corporation has discovered oil under the streets of Paris, directly under a bistro. The Countess Aurelia (known as The Madwoman of Chaillot) lives in the bistro’s basement, driven mad because of a lost lover and reminiscing about her past. When the corporation decides to blow up the bistro to get the oil, a young executive, Julian, helps to foil the plan because he has fallen in love with Nina, the bistro’s waitress. Aurelia lures the corporation executives to the underground in the sewer system.

Premiere Production: Dear World opened on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, February 6, 1969 and played for 122 performances starring Angela Lansbury in the title role. This revised version of the show opened at the Sundance Theatre in Utah, June 2002 starring Maureen McGovern in the title role.
  • Casting: 8M, 4F, 1M or F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

  • THE COUNTESS AURELIA – the Madwoman of Chaillot
    MME. CONSTANCE – the Madwoman of Passy
    MME. GABRIELLE – the Madwoman of St. Sulpice
    THE SEWERMAN – an elegant slob with superb manners, the authority on underground Paris
    NINA – a waitress at the Café Francis
    JULIAN – a young assistant to the Presidents
    THE SERGEANT – a Police Officer assigned to Chaillot, near the Seine
    THE MUTE – a young street urchin
    PRESIDENT NUMBER ONE – The International Substrate of Paris, Inc.
    PRESIDENT NUMBER TWO – The International Substrate of Paris, Inc.
    PRESIDENT NUMBER THREE – The International Substrate of Paris, Inc.
    THE PROSPECTOR – a Cassius-like cadaver of a man in an oversized raincoat
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Lib-Vocal Book

    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    13 x Prompt Books for Actors
    13 x Vocal Parts
    1 x Prompt Book
    1 x Piano-Conductor's Score

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 Reed (Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet & Bass Clarinet)
    1 Horn
    1 Violin (One Player)
    1 Cello (One Player)
    1 Bass
    1 Keyboard Synthesizer
    1 Percussion
    Piano (Piano-Conductor's Score sent with rehearsal material)

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm