Stephen Sondheim’s music and lyrics come alive May 11- 21 at Anvil Centre Theatre in Patrick Street Production’s A Little Night Music. This sophisticated Broadway musical, which includes the hit song “Send In the Clowns,” has won 6 Tony Awards (including Best Musical), a Golden Globe, and a Grammy. With Hugh Wheeler’s wry, witty script, and Sondheim’s luscious score this romantic romp among mismatched couples explores the joys and frustrations of love and sex at all ages and stages. A true celebration of love and desire in three-quarter time. Directed by Peter Jorgensen, this runs Wednesdays through Saturday evenings at 8pm with a matinee May 14, 20, and 21 at 2pm. Opening Night is Saturday May 13. Preview tickets are available May 11 and 12 for a reduced fee ($21.50 + $4 service charge) or seats May 13-21 range from $21.50-$35.50 (+$4 service charge) through TicketsNW or call 604-521-5050.
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Based on the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, A Little Night Music is a tangled series of interwoven love affairs at the turn of the century among the elite that takes place at a weekend country estate. The story begins with the esteemed lawyer Fredrik Egerman, (Warren Kimmel – who some of you might remember recently from Fiddler on the Roof and “It’s Tradition!”) who has recently married an 18-year-old virgin, Anne. The couple lives in the same house with Fredrik’s young son Henrik, (Caleb Di Pomponio) who has also fallen madly in love with Anne. Fredrik’s dedication to his blushing bride is tested when he reunites with former flame and aging actress, Desiree Armfeldt (Katey Wright in a role played by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dame Judi Dench among others) It all gets more complicated when Desiree’s jealous, married lover Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm (Nick Fontaine) gets wind of the reunion. All of these trysts and twists come to a head when Desiree convinces her mother to host Fredrik and his family for a weekend on her lavish estate – where the Count, with his wife Charlotte (Lindsay Warnock), crash the party.
“Night Music gives us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the work of two geniuses,” says director, Peter Jorgensen. “The first, Ingmar Bergman, one of the most influential filmmakers of all time, and the second, Stephen Sondheim, who managed to deepen and enrich Bergman’s story with his glorious score and incredible lyrics.”
Since its original 1973 Broadway production, this musical has enjoyed professional productions around the world including in London’s West End, by major opera companies, by the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, and in a 2009 Broadway revival. It was adapted for film in 1977, with Harold Prince directing, and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Len Cariou, Lesley-Anne Down and Diana Rigg.
Patrick Street Productions is a dynamic exciting musical theatre company creating quality productions of contemporary musicals that thrill, excite, provoke and above all, entertain. A Little Night Music is the epitome of a Patrick Street production – sophisticated music, complex characters, and a story written with intelligence and heart.
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