A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim


24 - 27 August 2022

Time: Various

  • Wed 24 August 2022

    7.30PM – 10.10PM

  • Fri 26 August 2022

    7.30PM – 10.10PM

  • Sat 27 August 2022

    2.00PM – 4.40PM

  • Sat 27 August 2022

    7.30PM – 10.10PM

Running time: 2 hours, 40 minutes including a 15 minute interval.
No booking fees.

Pricing

  • Adult (12 and over) $55.00
  • Seniors/Groups of 6+ $50.00
  • Student with ID $25.00
  • Under 30 with ID $30.00
  • Senior 65 Groups of 10+ $40.00
  • Venue: The Piano

    New Dates and Venue 

    We are delighted to confirm new dates of the 24 - 27 August across four performances, and a new venue, The Piano for this season of A Little Night Music after it was postponed due to cast illness. 

     

    A Little Night Music’s exceptional company includes Ali Harper, Jonathan Densem, Amanda Atlas, John Bayne, Katie Atkins, Alex McHugh, Catherine Hay, Drew Noble, Blair McHugh, Tara Martin and Shannon Hurley.  They will be joined by well-known Wellington-based singer Jane Keller, and promising younger Christchurch performers Maddie Glossop and Sophie Landis.  The cast is complemented by upcoming performers Scott Christie, Elizabeth Ellison, Emily Maunder, Sarah Clare Judd and Sonya Li-McHenry. 

    At the helm is Director Louise Glossop producing her second musical for Enchanting Productions following the successful season of The Secret Garden in 2021.  Enchanting Productions is a chamber theatre company formed to bring beautiful musicals to patrons who enjoy top quality theatre at a reasonable price.  It also provides a training ground for aspiring performers to work alongside and learn from their more experienced colleagues.

    The production’s Musical Director, Mark W. Dorrell, a friend and colleague of Stephen Sondheim, conducted the National Theatre’s production of A Little Night Music in 1995 which starred Dame Judi Dench.  He is thrilled to be working with such a wonderful company on this ravishingly beautiful score again - "whipped cream with knives" is how the original director Hal Prince once described it. 

    Stephen Sondheim, who died last year, was one of the world’s most influential musical theatre writers, and is known for his many award-winning musicals including West Side Story, Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, and Into the Woods.  His insightful perceptions of the complexities of love, life and relationships are displayed in his always sophisticated, witty, and entertaining works.

    A Little Night Music opened on Broadway in 1973 winning six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score.

    The show is set in Sweden at the turn of the last century and has been hailed as “heady, civilised and enchanting” (Clive Barnes, The New York Times).  The story centres around the charismatic actress, Desirée Armfeldt, and the choices she has made and continues to make.  Desirée (played by Christchurch’s much-loved singer and actor Ali Harper) brings us Sondheim’s most commercially successful Grammy-winning song “Send in the Clowns”.

     

    This event is proud to be part of the Turn Up The Heat festival in Christchurch Central City this August. It's a month full of roaming characters, comedy, cabaret, drag, variety shows, family events, musical theatre and fiery food.

    Check out the entire festival programme at turnuptheheat.nz 

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