ROMANCE AND “NIGHT MUSIC” WALTZ AT PLAYHOUSE
Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010 8:02 pm
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, featuring perhaps the most beautiful of Stephen Sondheim’s scores, opens at the Cumberland County Playhouse on July 22. It originally opened on Broadway in 1973, receiving 12 Tony Award nominations and winning 6, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The show has been revived many times since its debut, most recently returning to Broadway in 2009, where it starred Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Ms. Zeta-Jones won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical earlier this year. The show’s signature song, “Send in the Clowns,” was a smash hit, recorded by many singers including Judy Collins, whose rendition won the 1975 Grammy Award as “Song of the Year.” Set at the dawn of the 20th century during Sweden’s magical midsummer, this award-winning musical is based upon renowned filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s only comedy, “Smiles of a Summer Night.” NIGHT MUSIC is the Playhouse’s second Sondheim musical, following 2005’s INTO THE WOODS.
Weslie Webster sings “Send in the Clowns” as glamorous actress Desirée Armfeldt, and Jason Ross portrays distinguished lawyer Fredrik Egerman, Desirée’s former lover. The third corner of this romantic triangle is Britt Hancock (seen earlier this year in the National Tour of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE), who returns to play the dashing Count Carl-Magnus, a dragoon who is Desirée’s current paramour and resents Fredrik’s history with her. Adding to the flirtation, romance and risqué events of the story are Nicole Begué as Anne, Fredrik’s 18-year-old trophy wife and tenor Gregory Pendzick as Fredrik’s 19-year-old son Henrik, a passionate but troubled young man who is of surprising interest to his new stepmother. Lauren Marshall is Carl-Magnus’s stoic and long-suffering wife Charlotte and veteran actress Carol Irvin portrays the wise grandmother (and former demimonde) Madame Armfeldt.
At the heart of the show is a quintet of singers (Daniel Black, Quinn Cason, Leila Nelson, Lindy Pendzick and guest artist Brenda Frye) who lead us on a waltz of flirtation and romance…and offer some wry observations about life. Rounding out this talented cast is Nicole Bowles as the earthy and flirtatious maid Petra, Michael Ruff as Mme. Armfeldt’s butler, and Tori Cannon and Makayla Moore as Desirée’s precocious daughter.
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC features music direction by Ron Murphy, and is co-directed by Michele Colvin and John Fionte, who last teamed up for CCP’s 2009 production of CAMELOT. Scenic design is by Mr. Fionte and choreography by Ms. Colvin.
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is rated PG-13 for mature themes, situations and language. Currently at the Playhouse the dazzling comedy DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL! rated PG-13 and sponsored by Stonehaus Winery, thru July 30; one of Broadways biggest musicals, HELLO, DOLLY! rated G and sponsored by Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn Express & Hampton Inn, playing thru August 22; and the “Musical Comedy Cavalcade” of Tennessee history, TENNESSEE, USA!, sponsored by Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, thru August 28. Tickets for all shows range between $13 and $26. For more information, visit us at www.ccplayhouse.com or call 931.484.5000 to reserve your tickets today.