Nov 162012

Dear World Playbill 1969 Betty Buckley to star in Jerry Hermans Dear World in the West EndEvery­one who knows and loves the ori­ginal cast record­ing of Jerry Herman’s musical Dear World will be delighted to have the oppor­tun­ity to see it when it comes to the Lon­don stage next year.

It  will receive its Brit­ish première at the Char­ing Cross Theatre with Betty Buckley in the title role — which cre­ated in 1969 — and Paul Nich­olas. It will be dir­ec­ted and cho­reo­graphed by the mira­cu­lous Gil­lian Lynne (Cats, Phantom) who will turn 87 dur­ing the show’s lim­ited run.

Although Dear World won a Tony for Lans­bury as Best Act­ress in a Musical it was not a com­mer­cial suc­cess and ran for only 132 per­form­ances. The Lon­don pro­duc­tion will run from 13 Feb­ru­ary to 30 March 2013.

Dear World is based on Jean Giraudoux’s play The Mad­wo­man of Chail­lot, which gave Lans­bury great scope and the make-up team a lot of fun. Now –win­ner Betty Buckley is to get her teeth into the role which, on paper, should suit her per­fectly. She has already tackled a sim­ilar char­ac­ter when play­ing Norma Des­mond in ’s  in the West End.

Buckley and her co-star Paul Nich­olas have a Cats con­nec­tion as both were in ori­ginal casts, though not in the same city:  Nich­olas cre­ated the role of Rum Tum Tug­ger in Lon­don, while Buckley was the first Griza­bella on Broad­way. There’s even a num­ber in Dear World called ‘Memory’… but not that one.


Photo: Angela Lans­bury on the 1969 Play­bill cover

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