1965 Broadway

JimDo I Hear A Waltz?


1965 Broadway

Book by Arthur Laurents, based on his play The Time of the Cuckoo | Music by Richard Rodgers | Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

After tryouts in New Haven and Boston, Do I Hear A Waltz? opened on Broadway on March 18, 1965 at the 46th Street Theatre. Directed by John Dexter, the production 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. Reviews were mixed, with Walter Kerr of the New York Herald Tribune calling it “an entirely serious and very dry musical” and Richard Watts of the New York Post calling it “an evening of charming and tasteful entertainment. Watts added that “the score is tuneful and thoroughly appealing” and “the lyrics are deft and intelligent.” After 220 performances, the show closed on September 25, 1965.


Released on March 29, 1965, the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Do I Hear a Waltz? featured stars Elizabeth Allen and Sergio Franchi, along with the full cast of the Broadway company. Produced by Goddard Lieberson, the LP was recorded at Columbia’s 30th Street Studio, featuring orchestrations by Ralph Burns and dance arrangements by Richard de Beneditis. The album earned a Grammy nomination for Best Score from an Original Cast Show Album.