Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Lauren Molina, Stephen Bogardus, Haydn Gwynne and More in Huntington's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
The Huntington Theatre Company will open its 2015-2016 season with the Tony Award-winning musical A Little Night Music, Stephen Sondheim's most romantic and popular work, led by Tony and Olivier nominee Haydn Gwynne, as well as Broadway's Stephen Bogardus and Lauren Molina. Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois (after all the terrible things I do; Smart People; Rapture, Blister, Burn; and Becky Shaw) will direct. Performances will run September 11 - October 11, 2015 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below!
A Little Night Music features a gorgeous, sweeping score infused with humor, warmth, and the flavor of a waltz, including Sondheim's best known song "Send in the Clowns." The musical includes a book by Hugh Wheeler, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, and is suggested by the film Smiles of a Summer Night by Ingmar Bergman. Music direction will be provided by Jonathan Mastro (Come Back, Little Sheba and Our Town at the Huntington) and choreography by Daniel Pelzig (Candide at the Huntington).
The ambitious production features a live orchestra of 12 musicians and an award-winning cast of Boston favorites and international musical theatre artists. Tony and Olivier Award nominee Haydn Gwynne will play Desiree Armfeldt. Most recently Ms. Gwynne was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. She also played Margaret Thatcher opposite Helen Mirren's Queen in the original London production of The Audience and was nominated for Tony and Olivier Awards for her role in Billy Elliot the Musical. Desiree's former lover, Fredrik Egerman, will be played by Stephen Bogardus (God of Carnage at the Huntington and Falsettos on Broadway) and local favorite Bobbie Steinbach (Dead End and The Corn is Green at the Huntington) plays her witty, worldly mother Madame Armfeldt. Lauren Molina (Cunegonde in Candide at the Huntington and Rock of Ages on Broadway) plays Countess Charlotte Malcolm and Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, Desiree's current love interest, will be played by Mike McGowan (South Pacific at the Paper Mill Playhouse and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical on Broadway). Morgan Kirner (The Little Mermaid at Theatre by the Sea) will play the virtuous Anne Egerman andMcCaela Donovan (Candide at the Huntington) plays her fiery maidservant Petra. Pablo Torres plays Fredrik Egerman's son Henrik, and Desiree's daughter, Fredrika Armfeldt, will be played by Lauren Weintraub (Annie at North Shore Music Theatre).
Other cast members for A Little Night Music include Amy Barker ([title of show] at SpeakEasy Stage Company) as Mrs. Anderson, Wendi Bergamini (Promises Promises on Broadway) as Mrs. Nordstrom, Aimee Doherty (Into the Woods at Lyric Stage Company) as Mrs. Segstorm, Drew O'Shanick as Mr. Lindquist, Nick Sulfaro (Camelot at New Repertory Theatre) as Mr. Erlanson, and Sam Simahk (Into the Woods at Lyric Stage Company) as Frid. With extrasSarah Oakes Muirhead and Patrick Varner and swing Cailin Doran.
A Little Night Music features scenic design by Derrick McLane (Beautiful on Broadway, 2013 and 2014 Oscars), costumes by Robert Morgan (The Seagull, The Corn is Green, and She Loves Me at the Huntington), lighting design by Jeff Croiter (Pirates! at the Huntington, 2012 Tony Award for Peter and the Starcatcher), and sound design by Jon Weston (An American in Paris on Broadway). Production stage manager is Emily McMullen and stage manager is Kevin Schlagle.
Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named Best of Boston 2013 and 2014 by Boston magazine, the Huntington Theatre Company is Boston's leading professional theatre and one of the region's premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.
Photo Credit: Nile Scott Shots/Nile Hawver
Morgan Kirner and Pablo Torres
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