This week's Americans
New York City Center's Encores! series presents this incredibly rare collaboration between Richard Rogers and Stephen Sondheim, marking the only time these two legends of musical theatre ever worked together. Featuring some of Roger's most beautiful melodies and the early talents of a burgeoning Sondheim.
Not performed in the city since its 1965 premiere, Do I Hear A Waltz? has long been seen as a transitional work. Rogers was over 30 years older than his upstart colleague and although the show was much anticipated, it never quite found its feet. Now, this bittersweet tale of an American abroad is given new life by Encores! in its 22nd season.
What is the story of Do I Hear A Waltz?
Lovelorn secretary Leona spends all her savings on a trip to Venice where she stays at Pensione Fioria, meeting some other American tourists. Romanced by the swarthy Renato di Rossi, an antique shop owner, Leona feels she may find love in Italy once and for all. But Rossi isn't neccessarily all he seems, especially in the unattached department. As Fioria tries to comfort her it becomes apparent that Leona isn't the only American with love troubles...