A Little Night Music
Madame Armfeldt, the elderly, plain-spoken mother of actress Desiree Armfeldt and loving grandmother and guardian of Fredrika.
Lansbury is the queen of Broadway, with Tonys for Mame, Dear World, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd and last year’s saucy turn as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. After a long and successful run as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote, the great star is happily back on Broadway.
Other Honors for This Role
—Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite Featured Actress in a Broadway Musical
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance Award
1966: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Mame
1969: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Dear World
1975: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Gypsy
1979: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Sweeney Todd
2007: Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play, Deuce
2009: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Blithe Spirit
With her fifth Tony win last year for Blithe Spirit, Lansbury tied a record held by Julie Harris. If she wins this year, she’ll have her very own spot in the Tony record book.
“I hadn’t thought about [the show] in all these many years, but as there was going to be this extraordinary, first-class new production of A Little Night Music and I had reached an age when it was natural for me to play Madame Armfeldt, I said, why not? It was wonderful way for me to get back into a musical, which is really my favorite form of drama in the theater.” —Lansbury in an opening night interview with Broadway.com, 12/09