Marry Me a Little Longer: Sondheim Revue, With Lauren Molina and Jason Tam, Extends Off-Broadway
By Adam Hetrick
The Keen Company has extended its revival of the two-person Stephen Sondheim revue Marry Me a Little, starring Lauren Molina and Jason Tam, for an additional week of performances Off-Broadway due to high ticket demand.
Featuring new songs and a modern-day approach, Marry Me a Little began previews Off-Broadway Sept. 11 at the Clurman Theatre and will officially open Oct. 2. The run will now continue through Oct. 27, past its original closing date of Oct. 21. In addition, two matinee performances have been added on Oct. 17 and 24.
Keen artistic director Jonathan Silverstein stages the production that features musical director John Bell at the piano.
This production of Marry Me a Little features several new songs, including "Rainbows," a duet penned for the Baker and his Wife in a previous film treatment of Into the Woods. It replaces "Two Fairytales." Director Silverstein shared some additional details on the song with Playbill.com. "'Rainbows' is a song that has never been performed before," he said. "It's a song from the never-made Into the Woods film, and it would have been sung by the Baker and his Wife talking about having children, or not having children, and it's really those two points of view of the optimist and the pessimist. It makes sense in that story and it makes sense in our story, because we have this man and this woman having very different journeys throughout the evening and so they use the song to work through their issues with one another."
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."
"It's been a really exciting challenge," Silverstein told Playbill.com about re-imagining Marry Me a Little for contemporary audiences. "We've switched some songs around, we've put in new material. I've been working really closely with Craig Lucas to outline the new journeys that these characters are taking. It is completely contemporary. We've set it in what we call 'hipster Brooklyn,' and I think we all feel that all these songs are universal in time and that it speaks to a modern audience and the modern single today. It's so exciting."
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 has 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.
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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