Do I Hear a Waltz?, the Stephen Sondheim-Richard Rodgers-Arthur Laurents musical based on Laurents' Time of the Cuckoo, will get a revival at Pasadena Playhouse July 6-Aug. 19, 2001.
The bittersweet romance follows the adventures of Midwestern schoolteacher Leona Samish as she spends her life savings in Venice, searching for love. When she finds it in the person of antique dealer Renato di Rossi, their burgeoning feelings are threatened by Samish's own romantic ideals. Songs in the Rogers-Sondheim score include "Do I Hear A Waltz?," "Here We Are Again," "Moon In My Window," "Perfectly Lovely Couple," "Someone Like You," "This Week Americans" and "We're Gonna Be All Right."
Do I Hear a Waltz was staged in a revised version at New Jersey's George Street Plyahouse in Oct.-Nov., 1999. Revisions included work on the book by Laurents, some added and "retailored" lyrics by Sondheim, and a restored song - "Everybody Loves Leona."
The world premiere of Now You See It by suspense and horror writer Richard Matheson takes its first bows at the Playhouse Sept. 7-Oct. 21. Matheson, author of "Hell House," "What Dreams May Come" and "Somewhere in Time," has crafted a mystery based in magic, as stage magician Maximillian Delacorte sets up an afternoon of plot and counterplot, pitting himself against his beautiful young wife, his agent and the local sheriff.
The final production of the season will be a holiday piece, but whether it will be a Christmas Carol, a Nativity, a Grinch or something totally new has not been decided. Already in the Pasadena Playhouse season are Alan Ayckbourn's How the Other Half Loves (Jan. 5-Feb. 18, 2001), Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses (March 9-April 22) and Warren Leight's Side Man (May 4-June 17).
The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue. For reservations, call (800) 233-3123. The Pasadena Playhouse is on the web at http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org.
— By Christine Ehren