'A Little Night Music'
December 13, 2009
A tangled web of lovers, led by famous yet fading actress Desiree and her newly married former love Fredrik, congregate on a lavish country estate.
Ingmar Bergman’s 1955 Swedish film comedy Smiles of a Summer Night
A Little Night Music premiered at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre on February 25, 1973, where it went on to win six Tony Awards including Best Musical and run for 601 performances. Although the show wouldn’t return to Broadway for 36 years, notable London revivals occurred in 1989, 1995 (with Judi Dench as Desiree) and in 2008 at the Menier Chocolate Factory, the basis of this new Broadway revival.
Book by Hugh Wheeler; music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Thomas Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, The Menier Chocolate Factory, Roger Berlind, David Babani, Sonia Friedman Productions, Andrew Fell, Daryl Roth/Jane Bergere, Harvey Weinstein/Raise the Roof 3, Beverly Bartner/Dancap Productions, Nica Burns/Max Weitzenhoffer, Eric Falkenstein/Anna Czekaj, Jerry Frankel/Ronald Frankel and James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer
—Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite Broadway Musical Revival
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Revival of a Musical
—Olivier Award nomination for Best Musical Revival
Tony winner Glenn Close was rumored to play Desiree in a 1990s revival of the show, which never materialized. She did, however, sing Desiree’s famous “Send in the Clowns” at 1996’s Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall.