Watch This in association with Geelong Performing Arts Centre,
National Theatre Melbourne & Whitehorse Centre
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
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