Chicago Theatre to Present Third Sondheim; Griffin Directs

News   Chicago Theatre to Present Third Sondheim; Griffin Directs The Chicago Shakespeare Theater will mount a production of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music during its upcoming 2003-2004 season.

Following on the heels of successful mountings of Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George and Pacific Overtures — the latter will be remounted at London's Donmar Warehouse June 20-Sept. 3 — comes the news that the Chicago company will present A Little Night Music Dec. 23, 2003-Feb. 15, 2004. The Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical will be directed by Gary Griffin, who also helmed the company's two other Sondheim productions. Casting has yet to be announced. A Little Night Music originally opened at Broadway's Shubert Theatre on Feb. 25, 1973, with a cast that included Glynis Johns as Desiree, Len Cariou as Fredrik and Hermione Gingold as Madame Armfeldt. The show garnered five 1973 Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical. The Sondheim score features the composer's best-known tune, "Send in the Clowns," as well as "Every Day a Little Death," "The Miller's Son" and "A Weekend in the Country."

Upcoming productions at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater also include mountings of Do Not Go Gentle, a one-man show about the life of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (May 1-4) and the Peter Brook-directed The Suit, about apartheid-era Sophiatown (June 10-July 6). The 2003-2004 subscription series will feature The Taming of the Shrew, the classic Shakespeare comedy, directed by David H. Bell; Edward Hall's adaptation of the Henry VI trilogy, entitled Rose Rage; The Molière Comedies, directed by and starring Brian Bedford; and Shakespeare’s King John, helmed by the theatre's artistic director, Barbara Gaines. About the upcoming season, Gaines said in a statement, "Our next season is really a festival of world theatre classics performed on three stages: our two theatres on Navy Pier and The Shubert Theatre. Our subscribers have the opportunity to see five plays from Shakespeare's canon and two from Molière's repertoire."

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