Casting Set for Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's Production of A Little Night Music

The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera has announced the full cast for their upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim's and Hugh Wheeler's A Little Night Music, with Dee Hoty starring as Desiree Armfeldt and Stephen Bogardus as Frederik Egerman. The production, which will be directed and choreographed by Barry Ivan, will run from June 7th-12th.

Also in the cast are Robert Newman as the dragoon Count Carl-Magnus Malcom, Beth Leavel as his frustrated wife, Countess Charlotte Malcolm, Louisa Flannigan as the worldly Madame Armfeldt, Christeena Michelle Riggs as virginal young wife Anne Egerman, Aaron Ramey as Fredrik's son, Henrik Egerman and Michelle Dawson as the maid, Petra.

Three-time Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty recently starred as Donna in the Broadway production of Mamma Mia!, and has also appeared in productions of Footloose, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and The Will Rogers Follies, receiving Tony Award nominations for all three performances. Additionally, she received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for her work in the Broadway performance of City of Angels. Besides her work on Broadway, Hoty has had recurring roles in the TV shows Capital, Ryan's Hope, Guiding Light and As the World Turns.

With Night Music, Bogardus will return to CLO after an 18-year hiatus. His previous CLO credits include West Side Story (1984), The Desert Song (1985) and 1776 (1987). The Broadway veteran has starred in a number of performances including the 2003 revival of Man of La Mancha, James Joyce's The Dead, High Society, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Falsettos and Love! Valour! Compassion!, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. Most recently, Bogardus starred as French diplomat Rene Gallimard in Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage production of M. Butterfly. He has also made several TV appearances with guest roles on Ed, Law and Order, Now and Again and New York Undercover.

Newman, who will make his CLO debut, has been a staple on the CBS daytime drama Guiding Light 
  since originating the role of Josh Lewis in 1981.  In addition to his TV role, Mr. Newman has starred in numerous musicals including Guys and Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie, The Fantasticks and most recently Nine at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, Massachusetts where he played Guido Contini. He has also performed in a variety of plays including Picnic, Barefoot in the Park, Romantic Comedy, Sylvia (which he also directed) and The Glass Menagerie.

The company's website describes A Little Night Music thus:
"Sondheim's Tony Award-winning score intoxicates audiences in this romantic musical comedy. Desperations, delights, flirtations abound as a trio of mismatched couples share an enchanted weekend in the country. Romantic attractions and outrageous mishaps move audiences to both laughter and tears in this musical celebration of love. The elegant score includes moving melodies such as 'You Must Meet My Wife,' 'Soon', and the Grammy Award-winning hit 'Send in the Clowns'."

The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera is located at 719 Liberty Avenue.

To order tickets for A Little Night Music, visit the CLO's Online Box Office. For group sales, call
(412) 263-2560 or e-mail groups@pittsburghCLO.org.

For more information on the Civic Light Opera, visit www.pittsburghclo.org

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