Composer Jerry Herman, best known for Hello, Dolly! and Mame, adapted Jean Giraudoux's The Madwoman of Chaillot, a quirky, yet elegant parable, into one of his most beautifully melodic and lyrical scores. He has revisited Dear World in recent years, restoring the piece to its original concept as an intimate chamber musical. This production features the 2006 revision of the book by David Thompson (Steel Pier, McCarter Theatre's A Christmas Carol), with brand new songs and orchestrations by Mr. Herman himself. The tale revolves around Countess Aurelia, the enchanting "Madwoman" of Chaillot, who learns that an obsessive prospector, with a group of profit-mongering businessmen, intends to drill for oil in downtown Paris. She enlists her eccentric yet charming friends to concoct a fantastical scheme to rid themselves of their heartless adversaries and save their homes. A tale full of warm humor, witty simplicity, and subtle romance, this innocent satire strikes an extremely relevant chord in today's bottom-line world. Additional Ticket Information: Preview performances will be "Pay What You Can" at the BRT Box Office the night of the show, a half hour prior to show time. These tickets are only available to walk-up patrons on a first come-first served basis. Tickets may also be bought in advance for preview performances at the normal price of $34.00. Opening Night performances include a post-show buffet and reception with the cast, creative team and BRT staff in the lobby at no additional charge.