Do I Hear A Waltz?
This musical adaptation of The Time of the Cuckoo, a bittersweet romance set in Venice, was a unique collaboration of three giants of the musical theatre: Richard Rodgers, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim. The only collaboration between Sondheim and Rodgers, the musical premiered on Broadway in the spring of 1965. A modest hit, it played 220 performances and received multiple Tony Award nominations. After its Broadway run, Do I Hear a Waltz? enjoyed numerous regional revivals all over the United States and Europe. In 2016, the show returned to the New York stage in an Encores! production at New York City Center, featuring Melissa Errico, Claybourne Elder and Sarah Stiles.
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?
Renato Di Rossi