The Encore Musical Theatre Company Presents A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

The Encore Musical Theatre Company proudly presents A Little Night Music, running September 20th through October 14th, 2018. A Little Night Music is directed and choreographed by Matthew Brennan and music directed by Dr. Joseph D. Daniel.

A Little Night Music is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Hugh Wheeler. The script was originally produced and directed on Broadway by Hal Prince.

A Little Night Music follows the relationships between members of the wealthy class in Sweden at the turn of the 20th Century. At the heart of the story is Fredrik Egerman, a middle-aged lawyer married to his second wife, the naive yet beautiful Anne, with a son from his first marriage, the gloomy Henrik. Fredrik's world is turned around when an old flame, the famed actress Desiree Armfeldt, finds her way back into his life. The situation grows increasingly complicated as Desiree's jealous (and married) lover, Count Carl-Magnus, receives word of the reunion. The story comes to a head when Desiree convinces her mother, Madame Armfeldt, to invite Fredrik and his family to her lavish country estate for a weekend - an affair that the Count invites himself and his manic depressive wife, Charlotte, to, as well. Winner of four Tony Awards, this is a musical work that has forever entranced the world of theatre. Songs include "The Glamorous Life", "A Weekend in the Country", "The Miller's Son", and the extraordinary "Send in the Clowns".

The Encore's production stars Jay Montgomery (Fredrik) and Kristina Riegle (Desiree); with Emily Hadick (Anne), Clayton Sallee (Henrik), Sebastian Gerstner (Count Carl-Magnus), Leah Fox (Charlotte/Associate Music Director), Anne Bauman (Madame Armfeldt), Olivia Goosman (Fredrika at certain performances), Maryanna Lauter (Fredrika at certain performances), Sarah B. Stevens (Petra), Joel H. Hunter (Frid), Angela Hench (Mrs. Anderssen), Sue Booth (Mrs. Nordstrom), Paige VanSickle (Mrs. Segstrom), William Fishwick (Mr. Erlanson), and Jake Daley (Mr. Lindquist).

A Little Night Music opens on Friday, September 21st at 7:30pm with a performance followed by an opening night reception at The Fillmore (formerly Terry B's) Restaurant in Dexter. Tickets: Adults - $36; Seniors - $34, Groups of 10 or Children Under 17 - $32. You can call (734-268-6200) or come in to our box office (3126 Broad Street, Dexter, MI), as well as purchase on our website: http://www.theencoretheatre.org.

Jay Montgomery (Fredrik) is thrilled to be making his debut at The Encore in A Little Night Music. A new resident of Chicago, Jay made his Broadway debut as 'Whizzer' in the Tony Award-winning Falsettos, opposite Mandy Patinkin, also playing 'Whizzer' in the National Tour and Los Angeles productions of Falsettos. He toured the country twice in Heart Strings, the landmark AIDS benefit. Off Broadway credits include Brel Returns and Rings. Regionally, Jay has appeared in over seventy productions; favorite roles include 'Antony' in Sweeney Todd, starring George Hearn and Judy Kaye, the 'Gentleman Caller' in The Glass Menagerie, 'Robert' in Company, 'Harold Hill' in The Music Man, 'Boolie' in Driving Miss Daisy, 'Barrymore' in I Hate Hamlet, 'Che' in Evita, 'Curly' in Oklahoma!, 'Rutledge' in 1776, 'Billy' in Anything Goes, 'Anatoly' in Chess (LA premier), 'Valentin' in Kiss Of The Spider Woman, 'Sky' in Guys & Dolls, 'Dan' in Snapshots (by Stephen Schwartz) and 'Alan/Fred' in the world premiere of Charles Strauss' You Never Know. Mr. Montgomery has worked at some of the nation's finest theaters, among them Alabama Shakespeare, Trinity Rep, the Pioneer, Walnut Street, the Pittsburgh Public, Casa Manana, the Lyric, Human Race, Kansas City Rep, and Papermill Playhouse, and is honored to add The Encore to that list! Jay co-founded the Harbor Lights Theater Company in New York City in 2010, where he directed The Empress, An O. Henry Christmas, and My Way. His favorite credits by far are husband to Harbor Lights' co-founder and Executive Artistic Director Tamara Jenkins and father to Emerson Grace.

Kristina Riegle (Desiree) is excited to be making her debut with The Encore Musical Theatre Company in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. Some of her career highlights include SOUTH PACIFIC, RAGTIME, JULIUS CAESAR, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, and CHILDREN OF EDEN. She has a passion for developing new work and has participated in numerous staged readings and several World Premieres. Kristina has performed with The Kennedy Center, Michigan Opera Theatre, Flint Youth Theatre, Capital Fringe Festival, Reagle Music Theatre, and Resonance Works | Pittsburgh. She is an Instructor at Wayne State University and Next Step Broadway Michigan. Kristina is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and AGMA. For more info please visit www.kristinariegle.com.

Matthew Brennan (Choreographer) is thrilled to return to Encore for A Little Night Music. Although based in Louisville, KY Dexter has certainly become home away from home. Matthew had the distinct pleasure of directing, choreographing and designing the set for last fall's Sweeney Todd, as well as directing Assassins (Wilde Award nomination for Best Musical) and The Full Monty and has choreographed numerous Encore productions including West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Sondheim on Sondheim, Bonnie and Clyde, Into the Woods, South Pacific and Spamalot (Wilde Award Nomination: Best Choreography) and will return this winter to direct Encore's upcoming production of Next to Normal. Matthew also directs, choreographs and performs regularly with Derby Dinner Playhouse and Stage One Family Theatre in Louisville.

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