Douglas Sills has joined the cast of the upcoming Kennedy Center production of A Little Night Music, a spokesman for the theatre confirmed.
Sills, who starred on Broadway in The Scarlet Pimpernel, will portray Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, the role originated on Broadway by Laurence Guittard. Directed by Mark Brokaw, the Kennedy Center mounting of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical will also feature the previously announced Barbara Bryne as Madame Armfeldt, Natascia Diaz as Petra, Randy Graff as Charlotte, Danny Gurwin as Henrik, Blair Brown as Desiree, John Dosset as Fredrick Egerman, Sarah Uriarte Berry as Anne Egerman, Kristen Bell as Fredrika, Ilona Dulaski as Mrs. Nordstrom, Siobhan Kolker as Mrs. Anderssen and Terri Allen as Mala. Christopher Flint (Mr. Erlanson), Anna Bergman and Joanne Schmoll have also recently joined the company.
A Little Night Music begins performances on Aug. 2 and will play in repertory with Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along and Passion. The other three musicals that comprise the Sondheim Celebration are Sweeney Todd, Company and Sunday in the Park with George.
Sills, who is currently starring in the Disney workshop of When You Wish, made his Broadway debut in Frank Wildhorn's The Scarlet Pimpernel, garnering Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for his work as well as a Theatre World Award. His other theatrical credits include the first national tours of The Secret Garden and Into the Woods and the Los Angeles premiere of Chess. Sills' television work features roles in "Murphy Brown," "Sisters," "Coach" and "Party of Five."
A Little Night Music 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 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." Tickets for A Little Night Music range from $29-$79 and can be purchased by calling (800) 444-1324. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is located in Washington, D.C., at 2700 F. Street. For more information, go to www.kennedy-center.org.
—By Andrew Gans