Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by Hugh Wheeler Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick Suggested by a film by Ingmar Bergman Originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince Director Gary Griffin
On a magical midsummer night, lovers old and new are swept up in a dizzying whirl of romance. “Send In the Clowns” is just one irresistible highlight of this ravishingly beautiful musical.
A Little Night Music contains some mature subject matter.
Production support is generously provided by Cleveland Friends of Stratford and by Cec & Linda Rorabeck.Support for the 2016 season of the Avon Theatre is generously provided by the Birmingham family.
2016: Zach in A Chorus Line and Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music. 14th season. Stratford: Henry V, Much Ado, The Misanthrope, Twelfth Night, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, Bartholomew Fair, Three Sisters, All's Well, Shrew, As You Like It, Hamlet, Dracula, Dream, Man of La Mancha. Elsewhere: The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Bob Kills Theatre); Cabaret, Philadelphia Story, Light in the Piazza (Shaw); Madonna Painter (Factory); New Brain, Piazza (Acting Up Stage); It's a Wonderful Life, Goodnight Desdemona, Much Ado (Canadian Stage); Cymbeline, The Three Musketeers, Hecuba (Chicago Shakespeare); Blithe Spirit, An Ideal Husband (Citadel); Love's Labour's Lost (NAC); The Producers (Mirvish); Present Laughter (Soulpepper); Anything That Moves (Tarragon); Kiss of the Spider Woman (Livent); Hedda Gabler (MTC); Rocky Horror (Bathurst Street). Film/TV: Reign, Finn on the Fly, Republic of Love, What's Up Warthogs, The Border, Roxy Hunter, This Is Wonderland, Cheetah Girls, Monk. Training: BFA, U of A. Awards: Dora, Gemini, Jeff, Ovation, Carbonell.
2016: Mike in A Chorus Line and Frid in A Little Night Music. Seventh season. Stratford: The Sound of Music,Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, West Side Story, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Music Man, Moby Dick. Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar (Dodgers). Elsewhere: Billy Elliot The Musical (MTC); Snow White (Ross Petty Productions); Shrek The Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Grand Theatre); White Christmas, Sweet Charity, Dance Legends (Drayton Entertainment); We Will Rock You (Mirvish); Anne of Green Gables, Canada Rocks (Charlottetown Festival); The Waiting Room, Verb.atim, Rain (Helix Dance Project); Eve of St.George (TranscenDance Project). Training: Advanced certificates in RAD, CDTA and ADAPT syllabi. Banff ballet school, RWB School, and an alumnus of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Et cetera: "Much love and peace. Enjoy the shows!"
2016: Al in A Chorus Line and Henrik Egerman in A Little Night Music. Third season. Stratford: Rolf Gruber in The Sound of Music, Pinball Lad in Tommy and appeared in Fiddler on the Roof and Carousel. Elsewhere: Johnny alternate in Green Day's American Idiot (first U.S. tour); Hank Majewski in Jersey Boys (Dancap); Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown); Bobby in Cabaret (Theatre Aquarius). Film/TV: Captain von Trapp in the Disney movie The Pacifier starring Vin Diesel. Training: Etobicoke School of the Arts. Online: Twitter: @GabrielNacci. Et cetera: Huge thanks to his family, Colin McMurray, Donna Feore, Gary Griffin and his cello teachers Ben and Natalie. He could not be here without the incredible support of his wife, Robin, and their two dogs, Bella and Sophie.
2016: Edmund in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Bertrand in A Little Night Music. Fourth season. Stratford: Peter van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Diggory in She Stoops to Conquer, Mother Courage and Her Children, King John, Romeo and Juliet. Elsewhere: Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Theatre by the Bay); Henry in Next to Normal (Clearwater Theatre). Training: George Brown Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory. Et cetera: "Much love to all my friends and family, and many thanks to Mom, Dad, Alex, Daniel, Grandma, Caroline, Frank and Shari."
2016: Diana in A Chorus Line and understudy in A Little Night Music. Second season. Stratford: The Sound of Music and Carousel. Elsewhere: The Sound of Music (Aquarius); Third Spirit in The Magic Flute, Amore in L'incoronazione di Poppea, seven seasons with Artists of Atelier Ballet, including tours to L'Opéra Royal de Versailles and the Salzburg Festival (Opera Atelier); Bach Mass in B minor (Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra); Toronto All-Star Big Band. Film/TV: Magic Flute Diaries (Sullivan Entertainment). Recordings: Shrek's Fairytale Kingdom (DreamWorks/Capcom); UFOs: A Secret History (History Channel). Training: BMus, Masters of Musicology, University of Toronto; School of Atelier Ballet. Awards: SSHRC; OGS. Et cetera: "Thanks to my family and friends for your unconditional love and ongoing support, Ken for providing a solid artistic foundation in music, Jeannette and Marshall for introducing me to the stage and mentoring me over many, many years, and Rachel at NCA for the encouragement!"
Composer and lyricist: A Little Night Music
Born in New York City on March 22, 1930, Stephen Sondheim was educated at George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
After writing the music and lyrics for Saturday Night (1954) and working as lyricist on the musicals West Side Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959), he went on to write both music and lyrics for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962); Anyone Can Whistle (1964); Company (1970); Follies (1971); A Little Night Music (1973); The Frogs (1974); Pacific Overtures (1976); Sweeney Todd (1979); Merrily We Roll Along (1981); Sunday in the Park with George (1984), for which he and librettist James Lapine won the Pulitzer Prize; Into the Woods (1987); Assassins (1990); Passion (1994); and Road Show (2008). He also wrote lyrics for Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973).
Anthologies of his work include Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You're Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), Putting It Together (1993/99) and Sondheim on Sondheim (2010). He composed the scores of the films Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy (1990), winning an Academy Award for Best Song for the latter, as well as for the television production Evening Primrose (1966).
His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat (2010) and Look, I Made a Hat (2011). Among many other distinctions, he has won eight Tony Awards, including one for lifetime achievement. In 2010 the Broadway venue formerly known as Henry Miller's Theatre was renamed in his honour.
Librettist: A Little Night Music.
Hugh Wheeler was a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. He wrote more than 30 mystery novels under the pseudonyms Q. Patrick and Patrick Quentin, and four of his novels were transformed into films: Black Widow, Man in the Net, The Green-Eyed Monster and The Man with Two Wives. For film, he wrote the screenplays for Travels with My Aunt, Something for Everyone, A Little Night Music and Nijinsky.
His plays include Big Fish, Little Fish (1961), Look: We've Come Through (1961) and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1966), adapted from the Shirley Jackson novel. In addition to writing the book for A Little Night Music (1973), he co-authored with Joseph Stein the book for a new production of the 1919 musical Irene (1973) and wrote the books for a new production of Candide (1973); Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979), based on a version of the play by Christopher Bond; and Meet Me in St. Louis (adapted from the 1949 MGM musical).
He contributed additional material for the musical Pacific Overtures (1976) and wrote a new adaptation of the Kurt Weill opera Silverlake, which was directed by Harold Prince at the New York Opera. He received Tony and Drama Desk Awards for A Little Night Music, Candide and Sweeney Todd.
Prior to his death in 1987, Wheeler was working on two new musicals, Bodo and Fu Manchu, and a new adaptation of The Merry Widow.
2016: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and assistant stage manager of A Little Night Music. 33rd season. Stratford: Maggie has been PSM at the Avon, Tom Patterson and Festival theatres for 25 seasons. Stage-management credits include Henry IV (parts 1 and 2); Iolanthe; The Imaginary Invalid; My Fair Lady; A Man for All Seasons; Kiss Me, Kate; Guys and Dolls; The Government Inspector; Coriolanus; The Mikado (national tour, London's Old Vic); and Twelfth Night (U.S. tour). Elsewhere: Maggie has worked at the St. Lawrence Centre (Toronto Arts Productions), MTC and the Grand Theatre, where she stage-managed a Dora Award-winning production of A Little Night Music. She stage-managed Eugene Onegin (Manitoba Opera), the first Dream in High Park and the first Dora Awards. She did publicity for the NDWT Company and toured Canada with the Charlottetown Festival. Training: Graduate of the National Theatre School.
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