Friday-Sunday, 4/5-4/7: MSU Opera Theatre presents A Little Night Music

MSU Opera Theatre waltzes into musical theatre with Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music”

Times: 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3:00 p.m. Sunday

Venue: Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center

Tickets: $20 for adults; $18 for seniors; $5 for students.

TICKETS available from Wharton Center Box Office only, (517) 432-2000, (800) WHARTON and at the door.

DIRECTOR Melanie Helton
CONDUCTOR Kevin Noe With Symphony Orchestra

Program

MSU Opera Theatre explores the emotion-filled work of legendary composer Stephen Sondheim in  “A Little Night Music.” Inspired by the film Smiles of a Summer Night, the musical is set in the countryside of Sweden and tells a tale of a woman rekindling a long-lost, passionate romance. The three performances take place one weekend only, April 5-7.

A wildly entertaining musical, “A Little Night Music” explores the intricacies and heartache of love as the summer nights unfold. Since the original Broadway production in 1973, this captivating story has been told through film, opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre, and performed by numerous opera companies and local theatre companies. In the more recent Broadway productions, both Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bernadette Peters revived the role of Desiree Armfeldt, singing Sondheim’s beloved hit, “Send in the Clowns.”

As the story develops, Fredrik Egerman has recently married his young but vain wife, Anne. However, when the intriguingly glamorous actress Desiree Armfeldt reenters Fredrik’s life, an old flame is reignited. The musical, told in three-quarter time, waltzes through the complexities and tremulous love story of the star-crossed lovers.

MSU Opera Theatre Director Melanie Helton says “this production will introduce audience members to a magical and whirling evening of romance.” The production, consisting of a 14-member cast, will be joined by 25 members of the MSU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kevin Noe, director of MSU Orchestras.

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; book by Hugh Wheeler. Sung in English. A preview lecture will be held 45 minutes before each performance.

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