PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Pirates of Penzance and Little Night Music's Hunter Ryan Herdlicka Picks Sondheim Favorites

By Michael Gioia
10 Jul 2013

"A Weekend in the Country" from A Little Night Music. This was one of the most exciting songs every night to sing on Broadway. Towards the end of the song, Henrik's vocal line (which is written in a waltz) is layered on top of all of the other characters' lines (their meter is written in 4), showing that Henrik is completely out of sync with the rest of the group. It's a fascinating and exciting musical number in which Sondheim does all of the work for you — the music creates all of the chaos and uncertainty without the actor having to do a thing.