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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC’s Bernadette Peters featured in the New York Times

NEW YORK TIMES

August 16, 2010

Broadway’s New Desirée, Learning as She Goes Along

By CHARLES McGRATH

There is a lot of audience impatience at the Walter Kerr Theater these days. From the moment the curtain comes up on Trevor Nunn’s revival of the Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler musical “A Little Night Music,” everyone is awaiting Bernadette Peters and her already famous performance of “Send In the Clowns,” the show’s great second-act signature number.

Ms. Peters’s version is naked, plaintive, wounded and ironic — a cry of disillusionment and amused self-recognition. Writing in The New York Times earlier this month, Charles Isherwood called it “an occasion of transporting artistry” and “an indelible moment in the history of musical theater.”

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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Starring Peters & Stritch Opens to Critical Acclaim

“I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced with such palpable force – or such prominent goose bumps –

the sense of being present at an indelible moment in the history of musical theater.”

– Charles Isherwood, New York Times

THE CRITICS ARE UNANIMOUS!

BERNADETTE PETERS & ELAINE STRITCH

ARE GIVING THE PERFORMANCES OF THEIR CAREERS IN

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

Tony, Grammy & Golden Globe Award winner Bernadette Peters and Tony & Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch opened last night in the first Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Tony Award–winning masterpiece A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC.

Critics and audiences are united in their acclaim for the Broadway return of these two theatrical and entertainment legends.

Bernadette Peters invests each brittle line with a full measure of feeling without losing the arc of the music or any of the delicate irony in the lyrics. Nobody can outdo Elaine Stritch in the deployment of strategic pauses that attach powder kegs to seemingly sparkless lines. Explosions of laughter duly greet this dowager’s rueful observations.”

– Charles Isherwood, New York Times

PETERS & STRITCH HAVE TRANSFORMED THE ENTIRE SHOW. Peters’ ‘Send in the Clowns’ is one for the books, a masterpiece of interpretive finesse. Stritch is a hoot. She spits out her bon mots with acidic relish and turns ‘Liaisons’ into a mesmerizingly bizarre experience halfway between storytelling and performance art.”

– Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post (Read More)

BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO! For theatre lovers it doesn’t get much better than this. Two beloved Broadway veterans doing what they do best … in a consummate production that sings its heart out. Mark it in memory. This performance by Bernadette Peters is the stuff of theatre legend. Elaine Stritch crafts a balanced and deeply felt performance – revealing a touching vulnerability.”

– Roma Torre, NY1 News

TALK ABOUT DREAM CASTING, ENOUGH TO BRING SMILES TO ANY SUMMER NIGHT, even in overly sultry Manhattan. In its second incarnation, this revival has become a MUST-SEE for fans of either Sondheim or these wonderful actresses, a category which hopefully includes anyone who loves musicals.”

– Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press (Read More)

PETERS AND STRITCH ARE SENSATIONAL! They have given us a whole new take on this marvelous show. There’s more laughs. If you saw the original revival and especially if you didn’t, you must run out and buy tickets today for a superb new cast.”

– David Richardson, WOR Radio

DON’T MISS STRITCH AND PETERS. THIS IS A JOYFUL EVENT. Never has adultery seemed so pleasing and important. Bernadette Peters has never had a role that suited her quite so superbly as her brilliant, joyful, irrepressible, humane and generous “middle-aged” actress in this, Sondheim’s very best work. Elaine Stritch is a national treasure, a comic genius. She is both beautiful and overwhelmingly funny.”

– Liz Smith (Read More)

BERNADETTE PETERS AND ELAINE STRITCH BRING A WHOLE NEW LEVEL TO A SHOW THAT DEMANDS A REPEAT VISIT. Peters and Stritch are beloved Broadway icons, and their performances here illustrate the reasons why.”

– Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter (Read More)

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

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

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
http://www.latimes.com/la-ca-peters-stritch-20100801,0,766683.story

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

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Resumes Performances Tonight Starring Peters & Stritch

PERFORMANCES RESUME TONIGHT

BERNADETTE PETERS      ELAINE STRITCH

RETURN TO BROADWAY IN

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

DIRECTED BY TREVOR NUNN

AT THE WALTER KERR THEATRE

www.NightMusicOnBroadway.com

Tony, Grammy & Golden Globe Award winner Bernadette Peters and Tony & Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch return to Broadway in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Tony Award–winning masterpiece A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, directed by Tony Award-winner Trevor Nunn, beginning tonight at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street).

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC stars Bernadette Peters as Desirée Armfeldt, Elaine Stritch as Madame Armfeldt, Alexander Hanson as Fredrik Egerman, Aaron Lazar as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, Erin Davie as Countess Charlotte Malcolm, Leigh Ann Larkin as Petra, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as Henrik Egerman and Ramona Mallory as Anne Egerman. The cast also includes Stephen R. Buntrock, Bradley Dean, Sara Jean Ford, Katherine McNamara, Betsy Morgan, Jayne Paterson, Kevin David Thomas, Keaton Whittaker, Karen Murphy, Erin Stewart, Kevin Vortmann.

Alexander Hanson is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.

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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Star Elaine Stritch Receives 7th Emmy Award Nomination

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC STAR

ELAINE STRITCH

RECEIVES 7TH EMMY AWARD NOMINATION

STRITCH RETURNS TO BROADWAY

ON TUESDAY, JULY 13 IN A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

Tony & Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch, who begins performances in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC starring opposite Tony, Grammy & Golden Globe Award winner Bernadette Peters on Tuesday, July 13th, has been nominated for a 2010 Emmy Award for her work as “Colleen Donaghy” on NBC’s “30 Rock.”

This is Ms. Stritch’s seventh career Emmy nomination, the fourth time for this role. She received the Emmy Award in 2007 for “30 Rock,” in 2004 for “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” and in 1993 for “Law & Order.”

Directed by Tony Award-winner Trevor Nunn, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC plays at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street).

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC stars Bernadette Peters as Desirée Armfeldt, Elaine Stritch as Madame Armfeldt, Alexander Hanson as Fredrik Egerman, Aaron Lazar as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, Erin Davie as Countess Charlotte Malcolm, Leigh Ann Larkin as Petra, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as Henrik Egerman and Ramona Mallory as Anne Egerman. The cast also includes Stephen R. Buntrock, Bradley Dean, Sara Jean Ford, Katherine McNamara, Betsy Morgan, Jayne Paterson, Kevin David Thomas, Keaton Whittaker, Karen Murphy, Erin Stewart, Kevin Vortmann.

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Watch A Little Night Music Star Bernadette Peters as a Co-Host on “Live With Regis & Kelly” Friday, June 25

WATCH A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC STAR

BERNADETTE PETERS

AS A CO-HOST ON “LIVE WITH REGIS & KELLY”

FRIDAY, JUNE 25

PETERS RETURNS TO BROADWAY

ON TUESDAY, JULY 13 IN A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

Tony, Grammy & Golden Globe Award winner Bernadette Peters, who begins performances in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC alongside Tony & Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch on Tuesday, July 13th, will be Regis Philbin’s co-host tomorrow, Friday, June 25 on “Live with Regis & Kelly,” airing at 9 a.m. Check local listings (Channel 7, WABC in the tri-state area). Directed by Tony Award-winner Trevor Nunn, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC plays at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street).

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC stars Bernadette Peters as Desirée Armfeldt, Elaine Stritch as Madame Armfeldt, Alexander Hanson as Fredrik Egerman, Aaron Lazar as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, Erin Davie as Countess Charlotte Malcolm, Leigh Ann Larkin as Petra, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as Henrik Egerman and Ramona Mallory as Anne Egerman. The cast also includes Stephen R. Buntrock, Bradley Dean, Sara Jean Ford, Katherine McNamara, Betsy Morgan, Jayne Paterson, Kevin David Thomas, Keaton Whittaker, Karen Murphy, Erin Stewart, Kevin Vortmann.

Alexander Hanson is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.

Based on Ingmar Bergman’s film Smiles of a Summer Night, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is set in a weekend country house in turn of the century Sweden, bringing together surprising liaisons, long simmering passions and a taste of love’s endless possibilities. Hailed as witty and wildly romantic, the story centers on the elegant actress Desirée Armfeldt and the spider’s web of sensuality, intrigue and desire that surrounds her.

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC – featuring a score by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler – originally opened in 1973 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre and ran for 601 performances. Produced and directed by Harold Prince, the production garnered six Tony Awards® including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The Sondheim score features one of the composer’s best-known songs, “Send in the Clowns,” as well as “Every Day a Little Death,” “The Miller’s Son” and “A Weekend in the Country.”

Trevor Nunn’s production of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC debuted to critical acclaim at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in November 2008 and subsequently transferred to the West End where it played a successful limited engagement through July 25, 2009 at the Garrick Theatre. The first Broadway revival of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC began performances on November 24, 2009 and officially opened on December 13, 2009 at the Walter Kerr Theatre starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, who played their final performance on Sunday, June 20, 2010.

The creative team for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC includes Lynne Page (Choreography), Caroline Humphris (Musical Supervision), David Farley (Set & Costume Design), Hartley T A Kemp (Lighting Design), Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen (Sound Design), Paul Huntley (Wig Design), Jason Carr (Orchestrations) and Rob Bowman (Musical Direction).

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is produced on Broadway by Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, The Menier Chocolate Factory, Roger Berlind, David Babani, Sonia Friedman Productions, Andrew Fell, Daryl Roth/Jane Bergère, Harvey Weinstein/Raise the Roof 3, Beverly Bartner/Dancap Productions, Inc., Nica Burns/Max Weitzenhoffer, Eric Falkenstein/Anna Czekaj, Jerry Frankel/Ronald Frankel, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC are available by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area, online at Telecharge.com or in person at the Walter Kerr Theatre box office (219 West 48th Street). For A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC group sales, contact Theatre Direct International at 212-541-8457 x 2, or outside the NY metro area at 1-800-BROADWAY x 2.

Tickets range in price from $52 to $137. Tickets for Wednesday matinees range in price from $52 to $132.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Tuesday & Thursday at 7pm; Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 8pm; Wednesday & Saturday at 2pm; Sunday at 3pm

Follow A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC on Twitter: @NightMusicBway

Find A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ALittleNightMusic

Broadway is Live on TWITTER During the TONY AWARDS

FOLLOW BROADWAY LIVE

ON TWITTER DURING

THE TONY AWARDS


WATCH THE TONY AWARDS LIVE ON CBS

THIS SUNDAY AND FOLLOW ON TWITTER

WITH UP-TO-DATE AND INSIDER INFORMATION    

This Sunday, June 13, 2009, watch the TONY AWARDS, live on CBS at 8:00PM ET/PT, and be a part of the Broadway fun live on TWITTER. Get all the insider information from the red carpet, the winners room, the show itself and much more.
 
Make sure to follow, send in questions and respond to the nominated Broadway shows live at the TONY AWARDS.
Also, follow the TONY AWARDS on TWITTER at http://www.twitter.com/TheTonyAwards and mention #Tonys   to win prizes, watch videos and converse with other followers.
 
Boneau/Bryan-Brown: www.twitter.com/BBBway
 
A Behanding in Spokane: www.twitter.com/BehandingBway

A Little Night Music: www.twitter.com/NightMusicBway  
 
A View From The Bridge: www.twitter.com/VIEWonBroadway
 
Fences: www.twitter.com/FencesBroadway
 
Hamlet: www.twitter.com/HamletBway09

La Cage aux Folles: www.twitter.com/LaCageBroadway      
 
Lend Me A Tenor: www.twitter.com/LendTenorNYC
 
Looped: www.twitter.com/LoopedBroadway
 
Manhattan Theatre Club: www.twitter.com/MTC_NYC
(The Royal Family/Time Stands Still/Collected Stories)
 
Million Dollar Quartet: www.twitter.com/MillionDQuartet

Ragtime: www.twitter.com/RagtimeonBway09
 
Red: www.twitter.com/REDonBroadway

Roundabout Theater Company:
www.twitter.com/RTC_NYC
(Present Laughter/Sondheim on Sondheim/Everyday Rapture)

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