Night Music Star Zeta-Jones to Return to Production May 21

News   Night Music Star Zeta-Jones to Return to Production May 21
Following a brief illness, Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones will return to the cast of the Tony-nominated revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music May 21 at the Walter Kerr Theatre, according to a show spokesperson.

A Little Night Music's Zeta-Jones
A Little Night Music's Zeta-Jones Photo by Joan Marcus

Zeta-Jones, who was recently nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of the captivating actress Desirée Armfeldt, missed performances May 18-20. Prior to this week, Zeta-Jones had not missed a performance due to illness since the limited engagement began in the fall.

Zeta-Jones' understudy, Jayne Paterson, performed during her absence.

The production, which will play its final performance June 20, co-stars five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury.

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."

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