A Little Night Music will star Catherine Zeta-Jones & Angela Lansbury
Academy Awardï¿½winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, five-time Tony Awardï¿½winner Angela Lansbury and Olivier Awardï¿½nominee Alexander Hanson will star in the first Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheelerï¿½s Tony Awardï¿½winning masterpiece A Little Night Music, directed by Tony Award-winner Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Lynne Page.
The production opens at the Walter Kerr Theatre on 13 Dec 2009, following previews from 24 Nov. Tickets go on sale to the general public on 17 Oct 2009.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, in her Broadway debut, will play the role of 'Desirï¿½e Armfeldt.' Angela Lansbury will play 'Madame Armfeldt.' Alexander Hanson will play 'Fredrik Egerman,' a role he created in the recent Trevor Nunn-directed production of A Little Night Music at Londonï¿½s Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End.
Catherine Zeta-Jones won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for portraying 'Velma Kelly' in the 2002 film adaptation of 'Chicago.'
Zeta-Jones starred in the 1984 West End production of '42nd Street' - originally a chorus member, she temporaily stepped into the role of 'Peggy Sawyer' when both the actress and understudy for the role fell ill. Her performance was so powerful that she assumed the role shortly afterwards.
The star became an househod name in Britain when she played 'Mariette' in the TV comedy-drama series 'The Darling Buds of May.' In the 90's Zeta-Jones also released a number of pop singles, one of which, 'True Love Ways' reached No3 in the UK Pop Charts.
This will be Angela Lansbury's third outing on the Great White Way since she returned to Broadway after a 24 year break. She appeared in 'Deuce' in 2007 starring alongside Marian Seldes, then earlier this year she played eccentric medium Madame Arcati in 'Blithe Spirit.'
In her 60-plus year career on stage, film and television, Lansbury has received five Tony Awards for her starring roles in 'Mame' - sharing the stage with the recently departed Bea Arthur - 'Dear World,' 'Gypsy,' 'Sweeney Todd' and 'Blithe Spirit, three Academy Award nominations for 'Gaslight' (her screen debut), 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' and 'The Manchurian Candidate,' and 18 Emmy Award nominations, including 12 for her long-running television series, 'Murder, She Wrote.'
The cast also features Aaron Lazar (Les Misï¿½rables) as 'Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm,' Erin Davie (Grey Gardens) as 'Countess Charlotte Malcolm,' Leigh Ann Larkin (Gypsy) as 'Petra,' Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as 'Henrik Egerman,' and Ramona Mallory (The Fantasticks) as 'Anne Egerman.'
The cast also includes Bradley Dean, Marissa McGowan, Betsy Morgan, Karen Murphy, Jayne Paterson and Kevin David Thomas. Additional casting, including the role of 'Fredrika Armfeldt,' will be announced at a later date.
ï¿½Iï¿½m honored that Trevor Nunn and Stephen Sondheim asked me to make my Broadway debut in this beautiful production,ï¿½ said Catherine Zeta-Jones. ï¿½I look forward to starting rehearsal with this extraordinary group of people and working with the incomparable Angela Lansbury, whose work Iï¿½ve long admired.ï¿½
ï¿½The circle is complete,ï¿½ said Angela Lansbury. ï¿½I'm back singing the beautiful music of Stephen Sondheim, and working with a lovely young actress, Catherine Zeta-Jones!ï¿½
A Little Night Music: Set in turn-of-the-century Sweden where affairs of the heart are uppermost in everyone's thoughts. The story centres on the passionate liaisons between four couples over a midsummer weekend.
A Little Night Music ï¿½ featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler ï¿½ originally opened in 1973 at Broadway's Shubert Theatre and ran for 601 performances. That production was directed by Harold Prince, choreographed by Patricia Birch, and featured Hermione Gingold as 'Madame Armfeldt' and Glynis Johns as 'Desiree.' It garnered six Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score.
The Sondheim 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.'
The creative team for A Little Night Music includes Caroline Humphris (Musical Supervision), David Farley (Set & Costume Design), Hartley T A Kemp (Lighting Design), Dan Moses Shreier and Gareth Owen (Sound Design), Paul Huntley (Wig Design), Jason Carr (Orchestrations) and Tom Murray (Musical Direction).
A Little Night Music will be produced on Broadway by Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, the Menier Chocolate Factory, Roger Berlind, David Babani, Andrew Fell and Sonia Friedman Productions.
Trevour Nunn's production of A Little Night Music had its premiere at London's 180 seat Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre from 22 Nov 2008 to 8 March 2009, before transferring to the West End's Garrick Theatre, opening 7 April 2009, following previews from 28 March 2009, where it played through to 25 Jul 2009.
The musical opened to good notices from the popular press: "Delicious production." (Guardian); "At its finest Nunnï¿½s production has needle-sharp poignancy." (The Times); "I found myself almost continually entranced...It's a fine production of a musical that only misses greatness by a whisker." (Daily Telegraph).
The London production's cast featured Hannah Waddingham (Desirï¿½e), Maureen Lipman (Madame Armfeldt), Alexander Hanson (Fredrik Egerman), Kelly Price (Countess Charlotte Malcolm) and Jessie Buckley (Anne Egerman).
The Meiner Chocolate Factor's production of Sondheim's 'Sunday In The Park With George' had a succesful run on Broadway in 2008, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, and was nominated in a further eight categories.
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