It looks like Glenn Close will sing A Little Night Music come next season.
When asked by Playbill On-Line whether she will appear in the planned Sondheim revival, she replied "absolutely!" Close added that the production would bow on Broadway this coming fall. However, a spokesman for the show said there was no casting to announce at this point.
Close has been in talks to appear in the show for some weeks now. As Playbill On-Line first reported on Oct. 26, producers Margo Lion, Fred Zollo, Nick Paleologis and Jujamcyn Theatres are putting together a new production of Stephen Sondheim's landmark musical, with Declan Donnellan as director and Paddy Cuneen as musical director.
The revival of the 1973 work was angling to land on Broadway in spring 1999, but was subsequently bumped to the fall. The delay was due to the lack of a suitable theatre, Lion told the New York Post, Nov. 12, 1998.
A Little Night Music, with music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, first opened Feb. 25, 1973 and stands out as one of the composer's few commercial successes -- 601 performances at the Shubert Theatre. The musical is based on Ingmar Bergman's 1955 film "Smiles of a Summer Night," about a group of lovers whose lives intersect during a weekend at a country estate. Its score includes what may be Sondheim's best-known song, "Send in the Clowns." The original cast featured Glynis Johns and Len Cariou and was directed by Harold Prince.
A major revival of Night Music was staged at New York City Opera in the early '90s. The production helped launch the career of director Scott Ellis.
-- By Robert Simonson and Harry Haun