Do I Hear A Waltz? - Lost Treasures Collection musical on Lakewood's Side Door Stage October 23 & 24, 2015

October 23 & 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM & Sat. October 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Directed by Ron Daum.

Superman-web.jpgThe Lost Treasures Collection, a series of rarely performed musical gems presented in concert/cabaret version on Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door stage, presents the first offering in its sixth season, the musical Do I Hear A Waltz?.

Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.

The production, with stage direction by Ron Daum and musical direction by Bill Wells, will be performed for three performances on two dates only: Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7:00 PM and one Saturday matinee, Oct. 24 at 2:00 PM. The show is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging. No sets, no props (free from the usual trappings of a fully staged production). This year's theme: PASSPORT TO ROMANCE. Our series sponsor for all three shows is Jaye W. Taylor, Rob Le Chevallier and Buckley Law P.C.

Do I Hear A Waltz?

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Arthur Laurents
Based on the play Time of the Cuckoo by Arthur Laurents

The Story: Leona (Susannah Mars), 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 (Matthew Hayward) is an attractive, middle-aged shopkeeper, whose attentions give flight to her deepest dreams of romance. He informs her, however, that he is a contented family man, and Leona's hopes are dashed. She could, for a short time, entertain a brief 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.
Others in the cast include Lisamarie Harrison, Stephanie Rose, Chrisse Roccaro, Del Lewis, Dennis Corwin, McKenzie Brock, Max Young and Matt Sepeda.
Ticket prices are $20 for all seats. Contact the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or Click here to Purchase Single Tickets securely online.

Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door Stage is an intimate 90-seat cabaret-style venue with general admission seating in the Community Meeting Room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages are available to purchase before and during the show. In 2013 Lakewood's Lost Treasure Collection series received a PAMTA "Outstanding Contribution to Theatre" award.

History of the Play:
Do I Hear A Waltz? opened in New York City at the 46th Street Theatre on March 18th, 1965, it was greeted with special interest because it was the first time Richard Rodgers had collaborated with another lyricist since the death of Oscar Hammerstein II. True, he had written his own lyrics for No Strings in 1962 but here, with the brilliant, young Stephen Sondheim he was working with a brand new partner.
Well before the first act was over it was evident that “…Mr. Rodgers is still king of the hill…” as Walter Kerr of the New York Herald Tribune put it – while Richard Watts of the New York Post praised Sondheim’s lyrics as being “…deft and intelligent…” The show, with book by Arthur Laurents, based on his play The Time of the Cuckoo, went on to enjoy a run of 220 performances. In addition to its enduring title song, “Do I Hear A Waltz?” the show also features the beautiful “Take the Moment,” “Moon in My Window” and “Stay.”
Stephen Sondheim (lyricist) won Tony Awards as Best Composer and Lyricist for three consecutive years for Company, Follies and A Little Night Music. All three of these musicals won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, as did his Pacific Overtures. In 1979 Mr. Sondheim received a Tony and Two Drama Desk Awards for his score for Sweeney Todd. His ascent to Broadway began with his lyrics for West Side Story, Gypsy, and Do I Hear A Waltz? and continued with music and lyrics for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Anyone Can Whistle.
Richard Rodgers (composer) worked with his first collaborator, Lorenz Hart, for twenty-five years, during which time they wrote the songs for 26 Broadway musicals, 3 London musicals, and 9 films. They also collaborated on one nightclub revue and one non-musical play. Mr. Hart died in 1943 at the age of 48. Mr. Rodgers then entered another extraordinary partnership with a man he had known from their Columbia University days – Oscar Hammerstein II, with whom he worked exclusively until Mr. Hammerstein’s death in 1960. Their partnership produced nine Broadway musicals, including Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music, as well as one film musical Cinderella. Mr. Rodgers continued to entertain Broadway and television audiences with his music until his death in 1979.

Ticket Information

Lakewood's 90-seat Side Door Stage theatre is located in the Community Meeting Room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Tickets are $20 and are available through the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901.

Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.

  Ron Daum - Lakewood Theatre Company

  Ron Daum, Curator/Director


Bill Wells, Music Director

Susannah Mars in Do I Hear A Waltz at Lakewood Theatre Company, Oct 23-24, 2015

Susannah Mars as Leona Samish

 Matthew Hayward in Do I Hear A Waltz? at Lakewood Theatre Company, Oct 23-24, 2015

Matthew Hayward as Renato Di Rossi