Watch This in association with Geelong Performing Arts Centre,

National Theatre Melbourne & Whitehorse Centre

presents

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

 

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by Hugh Wheeler

Suggested by a Film by Ingmar Bergman

 

Featuring Nadine Garner, John O’May, Carina Waye, Nelson Gardner, Eddie Muliamaseali’i, Johanna Allen, Jackie Rees, Grace O’Donnell-Clancy, Adrian Barila, Anna Francesca Armenia, Kate Louise Macfarlane, Greta Wilkinson, Kerrie Bolton, Raphael Wong

A little night music - photo credit Jodie Hutchinson

Director: Nicholas Cannon

Musical Director: Daniele Buatti

Choreographer: Michael Ralph

Set Designer: Christina Logan Bell

Costume Designer: Emily Collett

Lighting Designer: Rob Sowinski

 

Acclaimed Sondheim repertory company, Watch This will bring in 2018 with a musical masterpiece that has long entranced the world of theatre, A Little Night Music.

Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score, Sondheim’s glorious operatic farce premiered in 1973, based on Ingmar Bergman’s film Smiles of a Summer Night.

It is midsummer in Sweden. On a magical night that smiles three times, an ageing actress, a married virgin, a sex-starved divinity student and a buffoonish count are drawn into a tangled and hilarious web of love affairs.

Featuring a lush score including ‘A Weekend in the Country’, ‘Liaisons’ and possibly the best known Sondheim ballad, ‘Send in the Clowns’, A Little Night Music is a romantic tour-de-force.

Leading Australian actors Nadine Garner, John O’May, Jackie Rees and Eddie Muliaumaseali’i headline a stellar ensemble cast in this delightful and, at times, heart breaking musical.

“What I love about this show is the slightly odd collection of characters and the tension between their public faces and their more unruly, comfortable realities or desires. So although it’s set at the turn of the last century, there’s an immediate parallel with our own time and how we curate our lives for public consumption via social media.  It’s also incredibly witty. Plus I have an extraordinary line up of Australian talent to play with: Nadine, John, Eddie, Jackie … it’s a gift.”  – Nicholas Cannon, Director

After premiering in Geelong, A Little Night Music will open in Melbourne at the historic National Theatre Melbourne before transferring to the Whitehorse Centre.

Watch This burst onto the music theatre scene in 2013 with their debut production of Assassins, followed by Pacific Overtures, Company and Merrily We Roll Along in the next four years. The company has amassed an impressive 12 Green Room nominations and a win (for Best Supporting Actor for Adrian Li Donni in Pacific Overtures).

★★★★★ Astounding – Time Out Melbourne on Company

 

National Theatre Melbourne, 28 February – 3 March

www.nationaltheatre.org.au/a-little-night-music 

 

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