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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC stars Peters & Stritch Featured in the Los Angeles Times


August 1, 2010

Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch turn up ‘A Little Night Music

The Broadway veterans bring renewed attention to the revival production. Like that pairing? Credit Stephen Sondheim.

By David Rooney, Special to the Los Angeles Times

It seems like the brainchild of a marketing genius. Take two of Broadway’s most celebrated living actresses, bringing with them more than 100 years of combined New York stage experience, and cast them as mother and daughter in a show that mines both their glittering history as musical-theater performers and their indelible association with the composer.

It was some casting coup to have Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch step into the Broadway revival of “A Little Night Music,” particularly for a production that had been scheduled to close when original leads Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury finished their contracts. But the idea didn’t come from a marquee-minded producer or from the fantasy casting thread of chat-room show queens.

“Actually, it was mine, I have to confess,” said the composer himself, Stephen Sondheim. “I don’t know why, but it simply hadn’t occurred to anybody to cast anybody as well known as Elaine and Bernadette for the parts.”

“Why didn’t you call Greta Garbo?” he quipped. “Oh, it never occurred to me.”

Read the full article from Sunday’s Los Angeles Times at

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, directed by Tony Award®-winner Trevor Nunn,

is now playing on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street).

For more information, visit www.NightMusicOnBroadway.com

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