Sondheim to Sondheim: Kudisch To Leave Assassins for A Little Night Music

By Ernio Hernandez
26 May 2004

Marc Kudisch — currently starring in the Tony Award-nominated musical revival of Assassins now playing through Aug. 1 — will leave the Broadway show to reprise his role in the Los Angeles Opera presentation of another Stephen Sondheim work, A Little Night Music.



The actor is slated to play his final performance as the ever-lurking Proprietor June 13 before heading to Los Angeles for the Scott Ellis-Susan Stroman staging of A Little Night Music, July 7-31. John Schiappa (Take Me Out, Jekyll & Hyde) will assume the role of Proprietor, June 15.

Kudisch was nominated for a Tony Award for his recent turn in Thoroughly Modern Millie. The actor, recently seen in the Off-Broadway musical The Thing About Men has also appeared in Bells Are Ringing, The Wild Party, High Society, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Beauty and the Beast and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The New Jersey native appeared in the 2003 New York City Opera staging of A Little Night Music as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm. He will reprise the role for the Los Angeles run starring Victor Garber, Zoe Caldwell, Michele Pawk, Daniel Gurwin, Laura Benanti, Kristen Bell and Judith Ivey.

A Little Night Music, which is set in turn-of-the-century Sweden, opened on Broadway Feb 25, 1973 at the Shubert Theatre. The musical, featuring music and lyrics by Sondheim with a book by Hugh Wheeler, was inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film "Smiles of a Summer Night." Harold Prince directed the original Broadway staging with choreography by Patricia Birch. The work won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book among others.

Los Angeles Opera productions are performed at the 3,086-seat Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Music Center of Los Angeles County, located at 135 North Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, call (213) 972-8001 or visit the website at www.losangelesopera.com.

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Turning the Studio 54 stage into the underbelly of a carnival roller coaster — complete with shooting gallery, spinning wheel and unattainable prizes — Assassins began performances March 31 and opened on Broadway April 22 over ten years after its debut in New York.

Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Wicked, Take Me Out ) directs the Roundabout Theatre Company musical revival that theatrically retells the stories of nine individuals who took aim at eight different presidents — the four successful and five attempted assassins.

The ensemble cast features Neil Patrick Harris (Proof, Cabaret), Michael Cerveris (Titanic, Tommy), James Barbour (Jane Eyre, Carousel), Denis O'Hare (Take Me Out), Mario Cantone (The Violet Hour), Jeffrey Kuhn (Ragtime), Alexander Gemignani, Becky Ann Baker (Titanic) and Mary Catherine Garrison (Debbie Does Dallas).

Assassins — based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr. — features a book by John Weidman with music and lyrics by Sondheim. Paul Gemignani — who was involved with the original Off-Broadway run at Playwrights Horizons in 1990 — serves again as musical director. Orchestrations are by Michael Starobin. Musical staging is provided by Jonathan Butterell (Nine).

Tickets are available at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street), by calling Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.