Stephen Sondheim's musical A Little Night Music and the seldom-produced Andrew Lloyd Webber work Tell Me on a Sunday (half of Song and Dance) highlight the 1998-99 season for Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA.
Night Music (Aug. 18-Sept. 27, opening Aug. 24) opens the season, continuing the theatre's tradition of staging Sondheim. Directing will be Frank Lombardi, who recently assisted Signature Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer on the theatre's recent attraction, The Fix. Terry Berliner, who serves as choreographer, will be the music director of Putting It Together at the Mark Taper Forum this fall.
Making Night Music are Donna Migliacciore, Patricia Pearce Gentry (Desiree), Sherri Edelen, Christopher Flint, John Herrera (Fredrik), Jon Kalbfleisch, Suzanne Briar, Peter J. Burroughs, Jean Cantree, Joanne Chilcoat, Samantha Debicki, Ilona Dulaski, Nanette Savard, Stephanie Waters, Robb McKindles and Stephen Schmidt. John Owen Edwards has provided new, 14-piece orchestrations for this mounting conducted by Mark Danni and featuring sets by Lou Stancari, lighting by John Blandin and costumes by Anne Kennedy.
Next on the line-up is Nijinsky's Last Dance (Nov. 3-Dec. 13) by Signature's playwright-in-residence, Norman Allen. The one-man drama delves into the dancer's psyche during the last moments of his life. Tell Me on a Sunday (Jan. 5-Feb. 14), which occupies the season's third slot, originally appeared as the first half of Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance, which starred Bernadette Peters in its 1985 Broadway incarnation. Sherri Edelen, who appeared in Signature's Assassins and The Rink, plays an English girl coming to terms with American customs and men. Marcia Gardner will direct.
The company will then present Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches (Mar. 9-Apr. 18), under the direction of Lee Mikeska Gardner. The season final selection will be a Washington or world-premiere musical director by Schaeffer, to be announced this fall.
For information on any of the productions, call (703) 218-6500.