Sondheim creates a stunning tour de force when he takes Ingmar Bergman's comedy of manners, Smiles of a Summer Night, and turns it into a musical of masterful execution and elegance. With four Tony Awards, this is a musical work that has forever entranced the world of theatre.
Set in 1900 Sweden, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress DesirÃ©e Armfeldt and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When the traveling actress performs in Fredrik's town, the estranged lovers' passion rekindles. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between DesirÃ©e, Fredrik, Fredrick's wife, Anne, DesirÃ©e's current lover, the Count, and the Count's wife, Charlotte. Both men -- as well as their jealous wives -- agree to join DesirÃ©e and her family for a weekend in the country at DesirÃ©e's mother's estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is full of hilariously witty and heartbreakingly moving moments of adoration, regret and desire. This dramatic musical celebration of love is perfect to showcase your highly-trained singers with it's harmonically-advanced score and masterful orchestrations.