Marry Me A Little Stars Lauren Molina and Jason Tam Perform at Barnes and Noble Jan. 13
By Adam Hetrick
Original Off-Broadway cast members Lauren Molina and Jason Tam appear at the Upper East Side Barnes and Noble to perform highlights from the Stephen Sondheim revue Marry Me a Little Jan. 13.
The 6 PM event at Barnes and Noble (150 East 86th Street) celebrates the Ghostlight Records cast album of the production. Molina and Tam are joined by musical director John Bell. Keen Company artistic director Jonathan Silverstein hosts the event.
Silverstein staged the extended Off-Broadway production that returned to New York in 2012. The production featured new songs and a modern-day twist.
Joel Moss produced the new album, with Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producer.
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.
This updated production of Marry Me a Little featured several new songs, including "Rainbows," a duet penned for the Baker and his Wife in a previous film treatment of Into the Woods. It replaced "Two Fairytales."
Director Silverstein previoulsy 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 were "Yoo-Hoo!," cut from Sunday In the Park With George, replacing "Pour La Sport"; and the Follies song "Ah But Underneath," replacing "Uptown, Downtown."
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."
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.
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