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Stephen Sondheim wrote lyrics for the "Night Waltz" theme ("Love Takes Time") and wrote an entirely new version of "The Glamorous Life", which has been incorporated into several subsequent productions of the stage musical. Photographs throughout the video are from the London production starring Jean Simmons, Joss Ackland and Hermione Gingold. But when Carl-Magnus and his wife Charlotte (Dame Diana Rigg) appear, too, things begin to get farcical (Send in the Clowns), and the night must smile for the third time before all the lovers are united. Hal Leonard Corporation. Designer Isaac Mizrahi directed and designed the production, with a cast that starred Amy Irving, Siân Phillips and Ron Raines. A Little Night Music is one of my favorite musicals. Written by Madam Armfeldt sits alone with Fredrika. She sends out a personal invitation; its receipt sends Anne into a frenzy, imagining "A Weekend in the Country" with the Armfeldts. [51], In his review of the original 1973 Broadway production, Clive Barnes in The New York Times called the musical "heady, civilized, sophisticated and enchanting." A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the figurehead of a cult. Midway through the second Act she has deviated from her usual script by suggesting to Fredrik the possibility of being together seriously and permanently, and, having been rejected, she falters as a show-person, finds herself bereft of the capacity to improvise and wittily cover. Fredrik Egerman. Liza Minnelli stars in a television concert directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. Ever wonder what A Christmas Story star Peter Billingsley and other adorable kids from holiday movies look like now? And Elizabeth Taylor is far from terrible in her part. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. He accuses the whole company of being amoral, and flees the scene. Anne promises her husband that shortly she will consent to have sex ("Soon"), which leads into all three of them lamenting at once. Tuomas Parkkinen directed and Jussi Vahvaselkä was musical director. I've been listening to the original Broadway cast album for years. Madam Armfeldt's country estate is bathed in the golden glow of perpetual summer sunset at this high latitude ("Night Waltz One and Two"). Dell Publishing. When she persuades him to blurt out the whole story, a twist is revealed—Charlotte's little sister is a schoolfriend of Anne's. [50], The 2009 Broadway revival with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury recorded a cast album on January 4, 2010, which was released on April 6. The cast included Pia Johansson, Dan Ekborg, Yvonne Lombard and Thérese Andersson. Original London cast album of the Sondheim hit, featuring Jean Simmons (a better singer than Broadway's Glynnis Johns), Hermione Gingold (reprising her Broadway performance), and Joss Ackland. Elizabeth Taylor. Majestic Theatre (Sep 17, 1973 - Aug 03, 1974) Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Executive Directors: Irving Goldman, Bernard B. Jacobs, Gerald Schoenfeld) Musical Director: Paul Gemignani. Madam Armfeldt, Desiree's mother, has taken over the care of Desiree's daughter Fredrika. Fredrik finally confesses his love for Desiree, acknowledging that Fredrika is his daughter, and the two promise to start a new life together ("Send in the Clowns" (Reprise)). [15], Originally, Katherine Doherty and Keaton Whittaker played Fredrika in alternating performances, beginning with the November 2009 previews. Desiree is getting tired of her life, and is thinking of settling down, and sets her sights on Fredrick, despite his marriage, and her own married lover Count Carl-Magnus Mittelheim (Laurence Guittard). Desiree is getting tired of her life, and is thinking of settling down, and sets her sights on Fredrick, despite his marriage, and her own married lover Count Carl-Magnus Mittelheim (Laurence Guittard). The cast starred Angela Lansbury as Madame Armfeldt and, in her Broadway debut, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Desiree. Brand new and factory sealed BMG Direct CD of the Broadway cast recording of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC with music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and starring Glynis Johns, Hermione Gingold, Len Cariou, D’Jamin Bartlett, Laurence Guittard, Victoria Mallory, and more.The full list of songs is in the second picture. Yes, some songs have been cut and some themes (most sadly, Mme. Upon learning that Fredrik has gone for eleven months without sex, she agrees to accommodate him as a favor for an old friend. Lee Blakeley directed and Andrew George was the choreographer. [26] Before the production closed, it recouped its initial investment. Discover releases, reviews, track listings, recommendations, and more about Stephen Sondheim - Jean Simmons, Hermione Gingold, Joss Ackland - A Little Night Music (Original London Cast) at Discogs. Light Opera Works (Evanston, IL) produced the work in August 1983. He commented that the lyrics are "breathtaking". Zeta-Jones received the award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical at the 64th Tony Awards. The third London revival ran at the Menier Chocolate Factory from November 22, 2008 until March 8, 2009. The musical has also become part of the repertoire of a few opera companies. Stephen Sondheim - A Little Night Music [London Studio Cast Recording] Produced by John Yap Arranged and Conducted by John Owen Edwards Recorded on March 1, 2, 10 and 19, 1990 at Abbey Road Studios, London Arrangements based on those for the 1989 London Revival Production. [52], In its review of the 1989 London revival, the reviewer for The Guardian wrote that the "production also strikes me as infinitely superior to Harold Prince's 1975 version at the Adelphi. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for A Little Night Music [1990 Studio Cast] - 1990 Studio Cast on AllMusic - 1996 - The British TER/JAY label has built up a library… It played there until September 15, 1973, then moved to the Majestic Theatre, on September 17, and closed there on August 3, 1974, after 601 performances and 12 previews. William Daniels. Green, Kay. Cast members Nick Davis, right, and Laura N. Guley rehearse a dance scene for the Penn State Centre Stage production of Steven Sondheim's 'A Little Night Music' opening Nov. 5 at Penn State's Playhouse Theatre. Then an old flame, the dreamer Eilert Lovborg (Philip Bond), turns up on the scene with tragic results. But there are still some truly definitive performances and beautifully mounted scenes. The first international production opened at Her Majesty's Theatre in Sydney, Australia in November 1973, with a cast including Taina Elg, Bruce Barry, Jill Perryman, Doris Fitton, Anna Russell and Geraldine Turner. As the two wait for the "third smile... on the old", it occurs: Madam Armfeldt closes her eyes, and dies peacefully with Fredrika beside her. The production was directed by Stuart Maunder, designed by Roger Kirk, and conducted by Andrew Greene. Anne's maidservant Petra, an experienced and forthright girl, slightly older than the teen herself, offers her worldly but crass advice. Also featured were Alexander Hanson as Frederik,[14] Ramona Mallory (the daughter of original Broadway cast members Victoria Mallory and Mark Lambert) as Anne, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as Henrik, Leigh Ann Larkin as Petra, Erin Davie as the Countess, Aaron Lazar as the Count, and Bradley Dean as Frid. [3][4][5][6], A US national tour began on February 26, 1974, at the Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia, and ended on February 13, 1975, at the Shubert Theatre, Boston. Desiree responds sarcastically and boasts of her own adultery, as she has been seeing the married dragoon, Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm. Anne finds Henrik, who is attempting to commit suicide. The cast included Glynis Johns (Desiree Armfeldt), Len Cariou (Fredrik Egerman), Hermione Gingold (Madame Armfeldt), Victoria Mallory (Anne Egerman), Judith Kahan (Fredrika Armfeldt), Mark Lambert (Henrik Egerman), Laurence Guittard (Carl-Magnus Malcolm), Patricia Elliott (Charlotte Malcolm), George Lee Andrews (Frid), and D. Jamin Bartlett (Petra). Set in 1853 Japan, Pacific Overtures follows the Westernization of Japan, mainly through the story of Kayama, a samurai, and Manjiro, a fisherman. A revival opened in the West End on October 6, 1989, at the Piccadilly Theatre, directed by Ian Judge, designed by Mark Thompson, and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. She performs such songs as the title number, "Liza with a 'Z'" and "Son of a Preacher Man". During the run, Angela Baddeley replaced Gingold, and Virginia McKenna replaced Simmons. Charlotte visits Anne and describes Fredrik's tryst with Desiree. She gets her mother to invite the Egermans to her country estate for the weekend. Middle-aged Fredrik Egerman is a successful lawyer. "Broadway Musicals, Show By Show" (1996). Hedda Gabler (Dame Diana Rigg) is a beautiful woman married to the solid and respectable academic George Tesman (Denis Lill). [2] Australian revivals have been presented by the Sydney Theatre Company (featuring Geraldine Turner and a young Toni Collette) in 1990, Melbourne Theatre Company (featuring Helen Morse and John O'May) in 1997, Opera Australia (featuring Sigrid Thornton and Anthony Warlow) in 2009, and Victorian Opera (featuring Ali McGregor, Simon Gleeson and Verity Hunt-Ballard) in 2019. The 2008 Menier Chocolate Factory production opened on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre in previews on November 24, 2009 and officially on December 13, 2009, with the same creative team. Jean Simmons as Desiree Armfeldt, George Lee Andrews as Fredrik Egerman and Margaret Hamilton as Madame Armfeldt headed the cast.[7]. Anne is shocked and saddened, but Charlotte explains that such is the lot of a wife, and love brings pain ("Every Day a Little Death"). Elaine Stritch. Michigan Opera Theatre was the first major American opera company to present the work in 1983, and again in November 2009. "[43] Steve Swayne comments that the "contrapuntal episodes in the extended ensembles ... stand as testament to his interest in Counterpoint. The film marked Broadway director Hal Prince's second time as a motion picture director. 13 for strings in G major, K. 525. A Little Night Music is getting a new Los Angeles production with an eye-catching cast, including Tony Award winner, Daisy Eagan, as Petra and NBC's Hairspray Live! Hal Leonard Corporation. This page was last edited on 29 October 2020, at 13:47. SHIPPING CHARGES: $3.25 for the first CD or DVD. Gradually, their vocalizing becomes an overture blending fragments of "Remember", "Soon" and "The Glamorous Life", leading into the first "Night Waltz". Fredrika tells Anne of Henrik's secret love, and the two dash off searching for him. A Little Night Music Cast & Creative. Frederick Egerman (Len Cariou) is very happy in his marriage to a seventeen-year-old virgin, Anne (Lesley-Anne Down). A Little Night Music is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. This use of counterpoint maintains coherence even as it extends the notion of a round, familiar in songs such as the traditional "Frère Jacques", into something more complex. The clumsy boy cannot complete the task, and Anne tells him that she loves him, too. A Little Night Music (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Tracklist. (1977). Joe plans on winning five thousand dollars and leaving Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2010 the musical was scheduled to return to Stockholm and the Stockholm Stadsteater. [citation needed], The Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris production ran from February 15, 2010 through February 20, 2010. No need to waste time endlessly browsing—here's the entire lineup of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this month. Song: Send in the ClownsPerformed By: Glynis JohnsI made this video a while ago and decided to redo it after I found some better pictures on the internet. Charlotte is quite aware of her husband's infidelity, but Carl-Magnus is too absorbed in his suspicions of Desiree to talk to her ("In Praise of Women"). Len Cariou. Comedy. [16][17] The official show album, which was recorded in January 2010, features both Doherty and Whittaker as Fredrika (on different songs). The musical is … Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.fm. It ran for 406 performances. Victorious, Carl-Magnus begins to romance Charlotte, granting her wish at last. A soundtrack recording was released on LP, and a DVD release was issued in June 2007. A well-to-do London businesswoman gives up her comfortable life, including the man who loves her, to become a cloistered Benedictine nun. ... A Little Night Music makes much use of the number three as a motif in the music and storyline. Billington, Michael. Fredrika misses her mother, but Desiree continually delays going to see her, preferring, somewhat ironically, "The Glamorous Life". Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film “Smiles of a Summer Night,” the show follows the romantic lives of several European couples. Charlotte confesses her plan to Fredrik, and both watch as Henrik and Anne, happy together, run away to start their new life. Madam Armfeldt offers advice to young Fredrika. Fredrika thinks about this, and decides that love, for all of its frustrations, "must be worth it". I love this Sondheim masterpiece and having seen what Sondheim considers the finest staging ever (New York City Opera) live and on video many times over, the movie still has significant virtues. It's a lovely example of the past reaching out to the present..."[55], Steven Suskin, reviewing the new Broadway cast for Variety, wrote "What a difference a diva makes. She has doubts of her femininity, her belief in love, and faith in herself. 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