Bradley Dean will step into the role of Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in Broadway’s A Little Night Music, beginning performances on August 31 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Dean, a cast member with the production since its opening in 2009, takes over for Aaron Lazar, who plays his final performance on August 29. Also exiting the show is ensemble member Sara Jean Ford (who is heading to The Phantom of the Opera), who will be replaced by show alum Jessica Grove.
In addition to A Little Night Music, Dean's Broadway credits include Spamalot, Company, The Story of My Life, Man of La Mancha and Jane Eyre. His off-Broadway credits include The Fantasticks and Walmartopia.
A Little Night Music, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, stars Bernadette Peters as Desirée Armfeldt, Elaine Stritch as Madame Armfeldt, Alexander Hanson as Fredrik Egerman, Erin Davie as Countess Charlotte Malcolm, Leigh Ann Larkin as Petra, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as Henrik Egerman and Ramona Mallory as Anne Egerman. Also featured are Katherine McNamara, Betsy Morgan, Jayne Paterson, Kevin David Thomas, Keaton Whittaker, Karen Murphy, Erin Stewart and Kevin Vortmann.
Based on Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night, A Little Night Music is set in a weekend country house in late 19th century Sweden, bringing together surprising liaisons, long simmering passions, and a taste of love's endless possibilities. The story centers on the elegant actress Desirée Armfeldt and the spider's web of sensuality, intrigue, and desire that surrounds her. The score features one of the composer's best-known songs, "Send in the Clowns," as well as "Every Day a Little Death," "The Miller's Son," and "A Weekend in the Country."