Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music from Lyric Opera San Diego
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The last date listed for A Little Night Music was Saturday February 20, 2010 / 7:30pm.
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This is a very fine production of A Little Night Music. A full orchestra does not diminish the vocals, though projection was a bit of problem for one of the actors. The birch tree background and fluid set changes are perfect. Scott Gregory as Fredrick has a wonderful voice and stage presence, though I didn't care for the moustache.
Desiree, Henrick, Carl Magnus, Charlotte, Ann, Petra, Fredricka were all excellent and Kandis Chappell as Madame Armfeldt was just what the role called for - strong, confident lines. The mini chorus of other singers were very talented. I imagine those up close had an easier time hearing, as I found when moving back for the second half to have a better view. A Little Night Music is a very entertaining night at the theatre
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A beautifully staged, competent production and a lovely night out. The seats were excellent, and the staff at the theater are amazingly warm and friendly. I felt the cast lacked a certain spark, but I would still have recommended this event to...continued
“A Little Night Music,” with a great waltz score by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, is based on the Ingmar Bergman film “Smiles of a Summer Night,” and contains Sondheim’s best known tune, “Send In the Clowns.” Sondheim himself has described the show as “whipped cream with knives” and we offer it in our season as a true American contender in the operetta repertoire, as well as an example of the best of Broadway. This show is the most frequently produced American show in Europe’s opera houses, where it is known by its film title, “Smiles of a Summer Night,” and where it is considered a true modern masterwork. The role of Desiree Armfeldt will be taken by Andrea Huber, who was so popular in our opening season production of Kalman’s “Countess Maritza,” and who has played in most of the major capitols of Austria and Germany. Andrea is an example of the International reach of our company and we are proud to bring her home to America to share her artistry with our company. J. Sherwood Montgomery will design and direct and Leon Natker will conduct the full orchestra in this enchanting score that is really an escape for adults. It is a very important part of our mission as a company to show and share these American masterpieces with our San Diego audiences, and teach the next generation of performers how to make these treasures live. These performances will win new converts to Sondheim and sophisticated musical theater of the highest caliber.