Glenn Close may sing A Little Night Music come next season. The film and stage star is reportedly in discussions to appear in the Sondheim revival, set to hit Broadway this fall. A spokesman for the show said "plans are under way to stage a production next season, no casting details are yet confirmed."
As Playbill On-Line first reported on Oct. 26, producers Margo Lion, Fred Zollo, Nick Paleologis and Jujamcyn Theatres are putting together a new production of Stephen Sondheim's landmark musical, A Little Night Music , with Declan Donnellan as director and Paddy Cuneen as musical director.
The revival of the 1973 work was angling to land on Broadway in spring 1999, but was subsequently bumped to the fall. The delay was due to the lack of a suitable theatre, Lion told the New York Post on Nov. 12.
A Little Night Music, with music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, first opened Feb. 25, 1973 and stands out as one of the composer's few commercial successes -- 601 performances at the Shubert Theatre. The musical is based on Ingmar Bergman's 1955 film "Smiles of a Summer Night," about a group of lovers whose lives intersect during a weekend at a country estate. Its score includes what may be Sondheim's best-known song, "Send in the Clowns." The original cast featured Glynis Johns and Len Cariou and was directed by Harold Prince.
A major revival of Night Music was staged at New York City Opera in the early '90s. The production helped launch the career of director Scott Ellis.
-- By Robert Simonson