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A Little Night Music

A Little Night Music

On Monday, January 12, 2009, Studio 54 was filled with love, heartache and incredible stars as Roundabout performed a one-night-only concert reading of a Broadway masterpiece: Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning musical A Little Night Music.

    Leading the cast were real-life mother and daughter Natasha Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave playing fictional mother and daughter Desirée and Madame Armfeldt whose country estate becomes home to a vivid cast of characters falling into and out of love over a midsummer's weekend. Among those seeking fulfillment were Victor Garber as Desirée's former lover, Fredrik; Jill Paice as his wife, Anne; Steven Pasquale as his son, Henrik; and Kendra Kassebaum as their maid, Petra. Adding friction (and comedy) were Marc Kudisch as Desirée's jealous lover, Carl-Magnus, and Christine Baranski as his devoted wife, Charlotte. Directed expertly by Scott Ellis with Paul Gemignani leading a 27-piece orchestra, highlights included “Send in the Clowns,” “The Miller's Son,” “Every Day a Little Death” and the rousing “A Weekend in the Country.”

    It was truly one starry Night, with the stars spilling out into the audience– luminaries such as Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Marvin Hamlisch, Nathan Lane, James Lapine, Liam Neeson, Bernadette Peters, and Anna Wintour. After the show, the stars mingled with gala ticket buyers at an exclusive cast party at the Marriott Marquis. The night raised over $350,000 that will go directly to Roundabout's Musical Theatre Fund, allowing us to continue to bring thrilling new productions of Broadway musicals such as last season's Sunday in the Park with George, this season's Pal Joey and next season's Bye Bye Birdie to new generations of audiences.

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