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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

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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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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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