A new production of Stephen Sondheim's landmark musical, A Little Night Music , may land on Broadway next spring. According to a casting notice in Back Stage, producers Margo Lion, Fred Zollo, Nick Paleologis and Jujamcyn Theatres are putting together a revival of the 1973 work, due to begin rehearsals in late February 1999 and open in late April. Declan Donnellan will direct. Paddy Cuneen will be musical director.
Sondheim's office declined to comment on the production. Lion was not available for comment.
A Little Night Music, with music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, first opened on Feb. 25, 1973, and stands out as one of the composer's few commercial successes -- it went on to run 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 adn was directed by Harold Prince.
No casting has been announced for the new mounting.
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.