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A Little Night Music, Walter Kerr Theatre, NYC Show Poster
Walter Kerr Theatre

219 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036

3 hrs
1 Intermission
Important Dates
On Sale
Oct 15, 2009
Nov 24, 2009
Dec 13, 2009
Jan 09, 2011
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Based on Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night, A Little Night Music is set in a weekend country house in turn of the century Sweden, bringing together surprising ...


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Set at the turn of the last century, A Little Night Music interweaves a tangled web of former and current lovers among the upper crust elite of Sweden. Esteemed lawyer Fredrik Egerman has recently married a young virgin, Anne, whom his son, Henrik, has also fallen madly in love. Fredrik’s dedication to his blushing bride is tested when he reunites with a former flame, the famed (and fading) actress Desiree Armfeldt. Things grow more complicated when her jealous (and married) lover Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm gets wind of the reunion. The coupling and uncoupling comes to a head when Desirée convinces her mother to host Fredrik and his family for a weekend on her lavish country estate—and the Count, with wife in tow, crashes the party.

Critics’ Reviews

The luminous [Angela] Lansbury is a wonder. The 84-year-old actress does something extraordinary, too: her Madame Armfeldt progressively gets more frail as the evening progresses...the aging process has never been more eloquently put on display.

Review by Michael Kuchwara from The Associated Press

"Bewitching, confident and utterly natural,&nbsp;[Catherine Zeta-Jones]&nbsp;breathes a refreshing earthiness and warm-blooded sensuality into the part [of Desiree]."

Review by David Rooney from Variety

Frequently Asked Questions

What is A Little Night Music Like?
Considered one of composer Stephen Sondheim’s best works, A Little Night Music boasts a sweeping, score. Highly stylized (this is a musical costume drama), the production does slow down in certain scenes—which needn’t be a bad thing, since audiences can take the time to listen for introspective, evocative lyrics about love and relationships that are easy to relate to. Don’t let operatic waltzes or stuffy corsets scare you away, however; the tuner still showcases plenty of laughs and sex appeal.

Is A Little Night Music Good for Kids?
Considering its near-three hour run time and the fact that the show’s largely about relations (coital, post-coital and otherwise), it’s best to leave the little ones at home. However, only one illicit rendezvous occurs onstage (and even that one is pretty chaste) and there’s nary a bad word or violent moment to be found, so if your youngster is able to pay attention to grown-up situations, they will find themselves in safe hands.