Show Credits: Book by Hugh Wheeler Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Sondheim creates a stunning tour de force when he takes Ingmar Bergman's comedy of manners, Smiles of a Summer Night, and turns it into a musical of masterful execution and elegance. Winner of four TONY Awards, this is a musical work that has forever entranced the world of theatre.
Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When the traveling actress performs in Fredrik's town, the estranged lovers' passion rekindles. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desirée, Fredrik, Fredrick's wife, Anne, Desirée's current lover, the Count, and the Count's wife, Charlotte. Both men -- as well as their jealous wives -- agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée's mother's estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.
A Little Night Musicis full of hilariously witty and heartbreakingly moving moments of adoration, regret and desire. This dramatic musical celebration of love is perfect to showcase your highly-trained singers with it's harmonically-advanced score and masterful orchestrations and contains Sondheim's popular song, the haunting "Send in the Clowns."
Accolades/ Awards: Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, winning 5 including Musical, Best Music and Lyrics, and Best Book.<BR><BR>New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical
Insight from the experts Staging Tip: The Broadway set stressed a fluid merging of scenes with no cumbersome set changes. The stage was multi-level and used tracked platforms which moved the larger set pieces on and offstage. Rooms were defined by furniture groupings. The basic frame for the production was screens which moved to mask actors' entrances and exits and to define new scenes. The second act was dominated by the upstage facade of Madame Armfeldt's country chateau which remained throughout the last act.