Sondheim's Marry Me a Little, With New Material, Will Return Off-Broadway

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The Keen Company will present the two-person Stephen Sondheim revue Marry Me a Little as the opening production of its 2012-13 season, which will also feature A.R. Gurney's The Old Boy.

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, to begin previews Sept. 11 towards an Oct. 2 opening at the Clurman Theatre, will include several new songs. According to the New York Times, the production will feature "Rainbows," a duet penned for the Baker and his Wife in a previous film treatment of Into the Woods. Sondheim makes note of the song in "Look, I Made a Hat."

Marry Me a Little includes such songs as "Two Fairy Tales," "So Many People," "The Girls of Summer," "All Things Bright and Beautiful," "There Won't Be Trumpets," "Uptown, Downtown," "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."

Newly appointed artistic director Jonathan Silverstein will direct. Casting will be announced shortly. Gurney's The Old Boy, also directed by Silverstein, will begin Feb. 12, 2013, at the Clurman Theatre. Casting will be announced at a later date.

The Old Boy, according to Keen Company, "is a powerful and moving play about a man facing the demons of his past while wrestling with his conscience and the WASP-y “old boy” network which has served him so well. In the story, a successful politician returns to his elite New England prep school to dedicate a building to the memory of his best friend. Past and present collide as he must make a public and surprising decision."

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