Do I Hear A Waltz? musical (1965)
Do I Hear A Waltz? Description
Release date: 1965.
Type: Broadway musical.
About Do I Hear A Waltz?
When the death of Oscar Hammerstein II left him without a collaborator, composer Richard Rodgers enlisted the help of Hammerstein?s protege, Stephen Sondheim, to write the lyrics for his new show, Do I Hear A Waltz?, based on the Katharine Hepburn film, Summertime. The relationship was not what he had anticipated - Sondheim was not Hammerstein and his ideas for lyrics were sometimes judged objectionable for a ?Richard Rodgers musical.? Though the show was bathed in Rodgers? gorgeous melodies, the controlled words Sondheim created for this story of an American spinster who finds love and romance on a holiday to Venice didn?t have the sharp edge that was needed to keep a mature audience interested, nor did the furtive book written by Arthur Laurents. It opened on March 18, 1965 at the 46th Street Theatre and closed after a run of 220 performances.