Night Music Concert Will Now Play Studio 54; Socha, Currie and More Join Cast

News   Night Music Concert Will Now Play Studio 54; Socha, Currie and More Join Cast
 
The Roundabout Theatre Company's gala concert reading of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning A Little Night Music, scheduled for Jan. 12, 2009, will now be presented at Studio 54 rather than the previously announced Nokia Theatre Times Square.

Alexandra Socha
Alexandra Socha Photo by Brett W. Mallard

Scott Ellis (She Loves Me, 1776, Curtains) will direct the 7:30 PM performance, which will boast the talents of the previously reported Natasha Richardson (Desirée Armfeldt), Victor Garber (Frederick Egerman), Christine Baranski (Countess Charlotte Malcolm), Laura Benanti (Anne Egerman), Marc Kudisch (Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm), Vanessa Redgrave (Madame Armfeldt), Steven Pasquale (Henrik Egerman) and Kendra Kassebaum (Petra).

Newcomers to the evening include Alexandra Socha (Fredrika), Maija Lisa Currie (Mrs. Nordstrom), Steven Goldstein (Mr. Erlandson), Leena Chopra (Mrs. Segestrom), Julianne Borg (Mrs. Anderssen) and Philip Cokorinos (Mr. Lindquist).

Musical director Paul Gemignani will lead a 27-member orchestra with orchestrations penned by Jonathan Tunick.

The design team includes Derek McLane (sets), Kenneth Posner (lights) and Steve Kennedy (sound).

A Little Night Music, according to press notes, "follows three lovestruck couples as they lose – and find – each other during a long midsummer night on a country estate." A Little Night Music — featuring a score by Sondheim and a book by Wheeler — 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, directed by Harold Prince, 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."

Proceeds will benefit the not-for-profit Roundabout Theatre Company.

Tickets, priced $250-$2,500, are available by calling (212) 719-1300 or by visiting www.roundabouttheatre.org. (Premium and reception tickets include an exclusive cast party following the performance.)

Studio 54 is located in Manhattan at 254 West 54th Street.

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