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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSICChicago Shakespeare Theatre


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#1 glebb

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Posted 09 January 2004 - 02:46 PM

Chicago Shakespeare
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC December 23, 2003 - February 15, 2004
Music and lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by HUGH WHEELER
Directed by GARY GRIFFIN (Associate Artistic Director of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre)
Music Direction THOMAS MURRAY
Scenic Design DANIEL OSTLING
Costume Design MARA BLUMENFELD
Lighting Design KEN BILLINGTON
Wig and Make-up Design MELISSA VEAL
Sound Design JAMES SAVAGE
Properties Design PAMELA L. PARKER
Casting BOB MASON
Production Stage Manager JENNIFER MATHESON COLLINS

CAST:
Mr. Linquist JAMES BANK
Mrs. Nordstom JODI JEAN AMBLE
Mrs. Anderson CAROL KUYKENDALL
Mr. Erlanson JOHN CLONTS
Mrs. Segstron KATHRYN KAMP
Fredrika Armfeldt MATTIE HAWKINSON
Madame Armfeldt HELEN RYAN
Frid, her butler KEVIN ASSELIN
Henrick Egerman PAUL GUDAHL
Anne Egerman JULIE RUTH
Fredrik Egerman KEVIN GUNDAHL
Petra JENNY POWERS
Desiree Armfeldt BARBARA ROBERTSON
Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm MICHAEL CERVERIS
Countess Charlotte Malcolm SAMANTHA SPIRO
Malia ALYSSA NICOLE LARSON
Osa ROBIN CHILDRESS
Bertrand TONY LEWIS
Servants MATTHEW CALLAHAN, ERIN PATRICIA WAGNER

ORCHESTRA:
Piano/Conductor THOMAS MURRAY
Harp STEPHEN HARTMAN
Violin (Concert Master) THOMAS YANG
Violin JEFF YANG
Violin ANDREA TOLZMANN
Violin CHUCK BONTRAGER
Viola BEN WEDGE
Viola CLARA TAKARABE
Cello (Principle) STEVEN HOUSER
Cello JILL KAEDING
Bass JACQUE HARPER
Flutes/Clarinet DOMINIC TRUMFIO
Oboe/English Horn DEBORAH STEVENSON
French Horn KAREN SUAREZ FLINT
French Horn SANDRA DONATELLE

Though I am devoted to the New York City Opera production, I am happy to have found a new and different version that is almost perfect. The gorgeous Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier is intimate yet not too small, allowing this production to be elegant and less broad than others I've seen. Barbara Robertson who appears in Robert Altman's THE COMPANY as Harriet reinvents Desiree as a down to earth woman who on stage transforms into a statuesque star of peerless beauty and grace and who is irresistible at all times.

There is an abundance of talent and physical beauty in the cast. I could gush about each member but must single out dashing Kevin Gundahl who has a voice quality reminiscent of Len Cariou.

Director Gary Griffin whose successful production of PACIFIC OVERTURES (which also went to London) has made magic again. I can only disagree with one choice in some music hummed by Carl-Magnus. This choice which would virtually go unnoticed by most will take Sondheim aficionados out of the moment, but on the whole this production did for me what no ballet has, in a very long time.

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 11:13 AM

glebb, a belated thank you for the report. I've never seen this on the stage, but the original cast recording is a favorite of mine. :)


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