Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Suggested by a film by Ingmar Bergman
Directed by Christopher J. Murphy
Musical Direction by Ben Wedler
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 Music is 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 its harmonically advanced score and masterful orchestrations, and contains Sondheim's popular song, the haunting "Send in the Clowns."
"Heady, civilized, sophisticated, and enchanting."
– The New York Times
"Possesses not only style and imagination and an attractive score, but also a somewhat unusual quality that combines humor with a touch of sadness."
– New York Post
"A jeweled music box of a show; lovely to look at, delightful to listen to."
– TIME Magazine
"Aglow with a brilliant and irresistible warmth."
– New York Daily News
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