The Sun Will Set on Broadway's A Little Night Music June 20

News   The Sun Will Set on Broadway's A Little Night Music June 20
The summer night will smile for the last time June 20. The Tony Award-nominated Broadway revival of A Little Night Music, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, will close following the departure of its leading ladies.

A Little Night Music Tony Award nominees Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-Jones
A Little Night Music Tony Award nominees Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-Jones Photo by Joan Marcus

The June 20 closing date marks the conclusion of Zeta-Jones and Lansbury's contracts; the production had been extended through Aug. 29.

The first Broadway revival of Night Music will close after 20 previews and 217 regular performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Trevor Nunn directed the hauntingly spare revival, which originated at London's Menier Chocolate Factory last year prior to arriving on Broadway Nov. 24. Night Music officially opened Dec. 13 at the Walter Kerr.

Academy Award winner Zeta Jones, who portrays the captivating actress Desirée Armfeldt, earned a Best Actress Tony Award nomination for her performance. Five-time Tony Award-winning theatre veteran Angela Lansbury earned her seventh Tony nomination for her portrayal of the worldly-wise Madame Armfeldt. The production also garnered Best Revival of a Musical and Best Sound design Tony nominations.

London Night Music cast member Alexander Hanson re-created his performance as Fredrik Egerman for New York audiences alongside Aaron Lazar (Les Misérables) as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, Erin Davie (Grey Gardens) as Countess Charlotte Malcolm, Leigh Ann Larkin (Gypsy) as Petra, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as Henrik Egerman and Ramona Mallory (The Fantasticks) as Anne Egerman, with Stephen R. Buntrock, Bradley Dean, Marissa McGowan, Katherine McNamara, Betsy Morgan, Jayne Paterson, Kevin David Thomas, Keaton Whittaker, Karen Murphy, Erin Stewart and Kevin Vortmann. A Little Night Music, according to press notes, "is set in a weekend country house in turn of the century Sweden, bringing together surprising liaisons, long simmering passions and a taste of love's endless possibilities. Hailed as witty and wildly romantic, the story centers on the elegant actress Desirée Armfeldt and the spider's web of sensuality, intrigue and desire that surrounds her."

The creative team includes Lynne Page (choreography), Caroline Humphris (musical supervision), David Farley (set and costume design), Hartley T A Kemp (lighting design), Dan Moses Shreier and Gareth Owen (sound design), Paul Huntley (wig design), Jason Carr (orchestrations) and Tom Murray (musical direction).

A Little Night Music — featuring a score by Sondheim and a book by Wheeler — originally opened at Broadway's Shubert Theatre on Feb. 25, 1973, with a cast that included Glynis Johns as Desiree, Len Cariou as Fredrik and Hermione Gingold as Madame Armfeldt. The show, directed by Harold Prince, garnered five 1973 Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical. The Sondheim score features the composer's best-known tune, "Send in the Clowns," as well as "Every Day a Little Death," "The Miller's Son" and "A Weekend in the Country."

The Night Music revival is produced on Broadway Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, The Menier Chocolate Factory, Roger Berlind, David Babani, Sonia Friedman Productions, Andrew Fell, Daryl Roth/Jane Bergère, Harvey Weinstein/Raise the Roof 3, Beverly Bartner/Dancap Productions, Inc., Nica Burns/Max Weitzenhoffer, Eric Falkenstein/Anna Czekaj, Jerry Frankel/Ronald Frankel, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer.

Zeta-Jones won an Academy Award for her performance in "Chicago" and has appeared in "Traffic," "High Fidelity" "The Mask of Zorro" and "Entrapment." Lansbury won Tony Awards for her work in Blithe Spirit, Mame, Dear World, Gypsy and Sweeney Todd. She was also nominated for Deuce.

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