One of Broadway’s most neglected masterpieces, the romantic and achingly beautiful, the show deals with the universal subject of love, in all its wondrous, humorous and ironic permutations.
In turn-of-the-century Sweden, middle-aged Fredrik Egerman brings his 18-year-old bride Anne to a play starring his former mistress, Desirée Armfeldt. Soon, Fredrik and Desirée resume their romance, incurring the wrath of her current lover, a pompous Count. The situation culminates in a weekend at a country estate, with Fredrik, Anne, Desirée and the Count in attendance, as well as Fredrik’s son (who is hopelessly in love with Anne), Desirée’s illegitimate daughter, the Count’s manic-depressive wife and the Egerman’s lusty maid. And there, under the summer night, things are set to right.
Sophisticated, literate and stylish, A Little Night Music is also disarmingly warm, funny, charming and very human. Its well-constructed book is one of the best ever written, featuring a strong ensemble cast of vivid, memorable characters that span all age groups. The lilting Ravel-inspired score in three-quarter time accommodates both strong and less accomplished singers and contains Sondheim’s popular song, the haunting “Send in the Clowns.”
|Event Date||Dec 2, 2011 @ 8:00 pm|
|Event End Date||Dec 2, 2011 @ 10:00 pm|
Bjorn & Beeny are formerly of ABBA (the B’s in ABBA). The game of Chess is used as a metaphor for romantic rivalries and the US-Soviet rivalry during the Cold War. The main characters form a love triangle. They are the ill-mannered American grandmaster, an intense Russian champion who plans on defecting to the West, and the Hungarian-American female chess second. She arrives at the international championships with the American but falls in love with the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians and spies all struggle to get the upper-hand.
While we all have enjoyed Rice’s musicals, Aida, Evita, and Jesus Christ Superstar, this is what many feel is his opus. It is at once inspiring, witty, brutally satiric, and cathartic. It doesn't sound like the pop hit Mamma Mia! or ABBA. It has classical overtones running throughout the musical, yet it has many 80’s style songs, power ballads and dance numbers that one might think dated, but are so delightful and so right-on.
There are also wonderful stand alone songs, "One Night in Bangkok" and "I Know Him So Well", both successful mainstream hits when released, and "Anthem" and "Pity the Child" are often performed at recitals and on solo albums. A great concept -- a chess game as a metaphor for life and politics is simply genius.
|Event Date||May 6, 2011 @ 8:00 pm|
|Event End Date||May 14, 2011 @ 10:00 pm|
The delightful Noel Coward comedy, regarded as being semi-autobiographical, follows a few days in the life of the successful and self-obsessed actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to travel for a touring commitment. Amid a series of events, Garry must deal with interruptions from numerous women who want to seduce him, placate his long-suffering secretary, avoid his estranged wife, confront a crazed young playwright, and overcome his fear of his own approaching fortieth birthday and an impending midlife crisis.
|Event Date||May 1, 2009 @ 8:00 pm|
|Event End Date||May 9, 2009 @ 8:00 pm|
Marjorie Taub, a middle-aged Upper West Side Doctor’s wife, is devoted to mornings at the Whitney, afternoons at MOMA and evenings at BAM. Plunged into a mid-life crisis of Medea-like proportions, she’s shaken out of her lethargy by the reappearance of a fascinating and somewhat mysterious childhood friend.
|Event Date||May 1, 2009 @ 8:00 pm|
|Event End Date||May 9, 2009 @ 10:00 pm|