Revised Marry Me a Little Will Star Lauren Molina and Jason Tam Off-Broadway; "New" Songs Added
By Adam Hetrick
Lauren Molina and Jason Tam will co-star in the Keen Company production of the two-person Stephen Sondheim revue Marry Me a Little, which will begin Off-Broadway previews Sept. 11 at the Clurman Theatre.
Keen artistic director Jonathan Silverstein will stage the production that officially opens Oct. 2 for a run through Oct. 21. It will feature several new songs, including "Rainbows," a duet penned for the Baker and his Wife in a previous film treatment of Into the Woods. It will replace "Two Fairytales."
Also added are "Yoo-Hoo!" cut from Sunday In the Park With George (replacing "Pour La Sport") and the Follies song "Ah But Underneath" (replacing "Uptown, Downtown").
Molina has been seen on Broadway in Rock of Ages and Sweeney Todd, as well as Mary Zimmerman's Candide at the Huntington, Goodman, and Shakespeare Theatres. Tam appeared on Broadway in Lysistrata Jones, A Chorus Line and Les Misérables.
Created by original Sweeney Todd cast member Craig Lucas and Norman René, the original Off-Broadway run of Marry Me a Little debuted in 1981 starring Lucas and Suzanne Henry at the Actors' Playhouse.
The new production will have choreography by Tony Award nominee Dan Knechtges (Lysistrata Jones, Spelling Bee, Xanadu), with set design by Steven Kemp, costume design by Jennifer Paar, lighting design by Josh Bradfor, and prop design by Ricola Willie. The musical director is John Bell.
Marry Me a Little includes such songs as "So Many People," "The Girls of Summer," "All Things Bright and Beautiful," "There Won't Be Trumpets," "Can That Boy Foxtrot," "Bang!," "Your Eyes Are Blue," "Happily Ever After," "It Wasn't Meant to Happen" and "A Moment with You."
Here's how it's billed: "Weaving together several unknown Sondheim songs, Marry Me a Little tells the charming and bittersweet tale of love, loneliness and survival of the modern single. Two single strangers, left alone in their studio apartments on a Saturday night, pass their time with sweetly secret, shared fantasies, never knowing that they're just a floor away from each other and the end of their lonely dreams."
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