Night Music Says Goodbye to Aaron Lazar Aug. 29; Bradley Dean Is in the Wings

News   Night Music Says Goodbye to Aaron Lazar Aug. 29; Bradley Dean Is in the Wings
 
Aaron Lazar, the strapping actor who created the role of that peacock of a soldier Count Carl-Magnus, in the new Broadway production of A Little Night Music, exits the Walter Kerr Theatre on Aug. 29, to be replaced by understudy Bradley Dean.

Aaron Lazar, with Bernedette Peters, in A Little Night Music
Aaron Lazar, with Bernedette Peters, in A Little Night Music Photo by Joan Marcus

"I will miss this company dearly," Lazar told Playbill.com. His work is preserved on the new two-CD cast album of the musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. Lazar's Broadway credits include Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities, The Light in the Piazza and more.

Dean, who has played servant Frid since the production's fall 2009 launch, assumes the role of the pompous, misogynistic dragoon Carl-Magnus — lover to the actress Desirée Desiree and husband to Charlotte — starting Aug. 31.

Also on Aug. 29, Sara Jean Ford is exiting the role of Mrs. Anderssen (she's heading over to the Majestic Theatre to play Christine in The Phantom of the Opera). Jessica Grové (Thoroughly Modern Millie, 2008's Sunday in the Park With George) will take Ford's Night Music track as one of the five "liebeslieders."

Starting Aug. 31, Stephen R. Buntrock (Mr. Lindquist since the Broadway run began) will play Frid. Ben Davis (Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Boheme, Les Miz) becomes Mr. Lindquist.

Dean's Broadway credits include Spamalot, Company, The Story of my Life, Man of La Mancha, Jane Eyre, plus Off-Broadway's The Fantasticks and Walmartopia. A Little Night Music, the story of love making fools of a group Swedes 100 years ago, is suggested by Ingmar Bergman's "Smiles of a Summer Night," and features a book by Hugh Wheeler and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It stars Bernadette Peters as Desirée Armfeldt, Elaine Stritch as Madame Armfeldt, Alexander Hanson as Fredrik Egerman, Erin Davie as Countess Charlotte Malcolm, Leigh Ann Larkin as Petra, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as Henrik Egerman and Ramona Mallory as Anne Egerman. The cast also includes Katherine McNamara, Betsy Morgan, Jayne Paterson, Kevin David Thomas, Keaton Whittaker, Karen Murphy, Erin Stewart and Kevin Vortmann.

 

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