Stephen Sondheim created a stunning tour de force when he took Ingmar Bergman’s comedy of manners Smiles of a Summer Night and turned it into a musical of masterful execution and elegance. Winner of four Tony Awards, this is a musical work that has forever entranced the world of theatre. Set in 1900 Sweden, “A Little Night Music” explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When the traveling actress performs in Fredrik’s town, the estranged lovers’ passion rekindles. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desirée, Fredrik, Fredrick’s wife, Anne, Desirée’s current lover, the Count, and the Count’s wife, Charlotte. Both men—as well as their jealous wives—agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée’s mother’s estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler, Suggested by a film by Igmar Bergman, Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
The 74th season was called “Another Op’nin’, Another Show.” The first show of the season was the Stephen Sondheim musical “A Little Night Music” which featured in leading roles for their first appearance on the Players’ stage Katy Koch King, Bob McLaughlin, David Montague, and Allison Weiss. Another newcomer, Sally Parry, assisted backstage.