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A Little Night Music

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by HUGH WHEELER
Suggested by a film by Ingmar Bergman

Plot Synopsis

Sondheim's musical in three-quarter time is a sophisticated romantic comedy with a bit of a saucy edge and full of wit. The story is set in Sweden at the turn of the century and concerns a middle-aged lawyer, Fredrik Egerman, who is engaged to Anne, the 18-year-old daughter of a friend. Fredrik marries Anne under the delusion that he is regaining part of his lost youth, but the bride is still a child and a virgin after eleven months of marriage. Anne is attracted instead to Egerman's son, Henrik, and he to her.

At the centre of the story is the actress, Desiree. Disillusioned with her touring life, she decides to recapture Fredrik, a former lover and the father of her illegitimate teenaged daughter, Fredrika. Desiree, however, is involved with another married man, Carl-Magnus, and when his all-too-knowing wife conspires with Anne to teach all involved in the tryst a lesson, they must all face the folly of their betrayals and no longer deny their true loyalties. The love triangles become even more complex when various members of the scullery are added into the mix of lusty passions.

 

Songs from the Show

Overture and Night Waltz  
Now/Later/Soon  
The Glamorous Life  
Remember?  
You Must Meet My Wife  
Liaisons  
In Praise of Women  
Every Day a Little Death  
A Weekend in the Country  
The Sun Won't Set  
It Would Have Been Wonderful  
Perpetual Anticipation  
Send in the Clowns  
The Miller's Son  
Finale (Reprise: Send in the Clowns and Night Waltz)  

 

1999-2000 Production

Presented March 3-11, 2000 at Centrepointe Theatre, Ottawa

Reviews: Ottawa Citizen; CBC Radio One

 

Cast

The Liebeslieders  
Mr. Lindquist Patrick Donahue
Mrs. Nordstrom Jessica Cody
Mrs. Anderssen Jane Gale
Mr. Erlanson Terry Duncan
Mrs. Segstrom Joyce Landry
The Armfeldt Household  
Madame Leonora Armfeldt Caryl McKay
Desiree Armfeldt, her daughter Lesley Osborn
Fredrika Armfeldt, her grand-daughter Jennifer Schinzel
Frid, her butler Kris Lizuck
Osa, her maid Holly Merritt
Malla, Desiree's maid Heidi Schmidt
The Egerman Household  
Fredrik Egerman Tony Keenleyside
Anne Egerman, his wife Shawna McSheffrey
Henrik Egerman, his son Michael Torontow
Petra, their maid Cindy Beaton
The Malcolm Household  
Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm Bob Lackey
Countess Charlotte Malcolm Carolyn Henderson
The Staff  
Sven Walt Conrad
Bertrand Andrew Burkett
Bjorn Jonathan Wilson
Anders Sheldon Butler

 

Orchestra

TBD

 

Production Team

Artistic Director Michael Gareau
Choreographer/Assistant Director Val Keenleyside
Musical Director John McGovern
Executive Producer/Production Coordinator Elaine McCausland
Production Assistant Cathy McKechnie
Apprentice Musical Director/Accompanist Wendy Berkelaar
Stage Manager Don Lambton
Assistant Stage Managers Anne McGuire, Mark Yakabuski
Technical Director Carol Chamberlain
Set Designer/Scenic Artist Nancy Solman
Costume Designer Jill Thompson
Properties Penny Koch
Sound Designer Wayne Chomik
Lighting Designer John Solman
Make-up and Hair Designer Sue Dacey
Wardrobe Mistress Hélène Rivest
Milliner Allison Hamilton
Purveyor of Parasols Marylin Day
Cello Instructor Steve Smith
Master Carpenter Tom Mordasewicz

 

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