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Do I Hear a Waltz?

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.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Comedy

  • Target Audience: Adult
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre

  • Accolades:
  • Nominee! 3 Tony Awards including Best Composer and Lyricist (1965)
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?

This timeless story, which is the basis of the movie Summertime starring Katharine Hepburn, remains a bittersweet testament to the complexities of the heart.


"Rodgers has flooded the stage with lilting melody...Sondheim is at his wittiest...everything about the musical is tasteful...quality is stamped on everything and everybody."

Cue Magazine

"It's clear this uncommonly literate work opened far ahead of its time...The hard-edge themes seem closer to what we typically expect of Sondheim than of Rodgers, but their union yielded a beguiling score that beautifully dovetails with the bittersweet text. Sondheim's incisively ironic lyrics foreshadow his later triumphs, and Rodgers' melodies are lush and lovely."

Backstage West

"Deft and intelligent...the score is filled with pleasures...haunting...charming...brightly sardonic."

The New York Post

"Richly entertaining...There's plenty that should be seen."

Los Angeles Times
Premiere Production: In 1965, Do I Hear A Waltz? - a collaboration between Richard Rodgers, Arthur Laurents, and Stephen Sondheim - opened at 46th Street Theater (now the Richard Rodgers Theater) where it ran for 220 performances.
  • Casting: 5M, 5F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Roles for Children
  • Chorus Size: Medium

  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional.

    1 x Libretto
    1 x Vocal Book
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    20 x Libretto
    20 x Vocal Books
    2 x Piano Vocal Scores

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 x Piano Vocal Score
    1 X Reed I (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Optional Alto (G) Flute)
    1 x Reed II (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet)
    1 x Reed III (Oboe, Clarinet, Optional English Horn, Optional Flute)
    1 x Reed IV (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Optional Bassoon, Optional Flute)
    1 x Trumpet I-II (Trumpet I doubles Flugelhorn)
    1 x Trombone I
    1 x Trombone II
    1 x Trombone III (Bass Trombone)
    1 x Percussion (Trap Set, Timpani, Chimes, Wood Block, Ratchet, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Triangle, Bongos, Bells, Sandpaper, Castanets, Cymbal, Toms)
    2 x Violin A-B (Divisi)
    2 x Viola (Divisi)
    2 x Cello (Divisi)
    1 x Bass
    1 x Harp (Doubling Celesta)
    1 x Guitar (Doubling Mandolin)

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm