Thursday, October 14, 2010
Atlantis Productions' A Little Night Music opens tomorrow at RCBC Theater
Atlantis Productions' staging of Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece, "A Little Night Music," opens tomorrow, October 15, and runs until October 31 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.
Leading the cast is movie star Dawn Zulueta, who plays the part of Desiree, a faded actress who gets to sing the iconic song "Send in the Clowns" in Act 2 of the musical. This is Dawn's return to professional musical theater since playing Elsa Montes in "Larawan: The Musical" over 10 years ago.
Joining her are a strong line-up of established names in Philippine theater: Noni Buencamino, Cris Villonco, Jake Macapagal, Jenny Jamora, Felix Rivera, Jay Glorioso, Raul Montesa, Teenee Chan, Agnes Barredo, Jenny Nuyda, Glen Llanes, Alys Serdenia, Crystal Paras, Bea Garcia and Anthony Tarrosa Ong.
Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s film "Smiles of a Summer Night," "A Little Night Music" follows the romantic liaisons of early 20th-century Swedish couples. A middle-aged lawyer, Fredrick (Noni Buencamino), a glamorous actress Desirée (Dawn Zulueta) and her lover, Count Malcolm, converge upon a country estate. Once there, their intertwined affairs play out in ways both whimsical and tragic.
First staged on Broadway in 1973 and winning 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, "A Little Night Music" was recently revived, with Catherine Zeta-Jones bagging the Best Actress in a Musical honors for her portrayal of Desiree. She's been replaced in the current Broadway revival by another Broadway luminary, Bernadette Peters.
"A Little Night Music" is directed by Bobby Garcia. For tickets, call Atlantis Productions 8927078 or 8401887.
PLUS: A Weekend in the Country, the enchanting ensemble piece that ends Act 1--in the first vid, performed by Beverly Lambert, Michael Maguire, Maureen Moore, Regina Resnik, Kevin Anderson, Susan Terry, Danielle Ferland et al, from the 1990 Lincoln Center presentation; the second (more recent) vid, from the BBC Proms celebration of Sondheim's 80th birthday, featuring a modern-dress concert version led by those British thespians--Maria Friedman, Simon Russell Beale, Caroline O'Connor, Daniel Evans, Julian Ovenden and Jenna Russell.
(I'm looking for a third must-see version, the one performed at the 1992 Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall concert. Expert staging by Susan Stroman, later of The Producers fame. But, while the other concert numbers are on YouTube, this one ain't!)