A Little Night Music
November 4-6, 2010
Directed By Prof. Davis Robinson
By Stephen Sondheim
The Department of Theater and Dance at Bowdoin College will open its 2010-2011 season with Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical, A Little Night Music.
Fredrik Egerman is happily married to seventeen-year-old Anne. Anne, however, has been a virgin for the entirety of the marriage, and Fredrik’s becoming a bit restless. To spice up his life, he decides to see an old lover, Desiree Armfeldt, who is involved with the married Count Carl-Magnus. Desiree is growing tired of her life, longs to settle down, and decides to pursue the love of Fredrick. She invites him (and Anne) to her estate for the weekend, in hopes to see him alone. However, when Carl-Magnus and his wife arrive as well, things begin to get farcical.
Stephen Sondheim is an important figure in the development of the American musical during the latter half of the 20th century. Witty, cryptic, challenging, and prolific, his impact on the musical form is universal. In 2010, the worldwide theater community honored Mr. Sondheim, who turned 80 in March, with festivities including concerts, the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music, the autobiographical revue Sondheim on Sondheim, and numerous Sondheim productions. Bowdoin is proud to join in these celebrations with an imaginative re-staging of A Little Night Music using a live orchestra, conducted by Bowdoin’s Delmar Small, and a focus on the musical’s fluid, romantic qualities.century, Venus implies, we should look at people from different cultures with great care, because our eyes can still deceive us.
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