Friday, March 14, 2008

Well, maybe next year...

With the recent glut of Sondheim revivals on Broadway, where is the full-scale (quick! someone throw garlic on John Doyle) revival of A Little Night Music? Possibly the loveliest of Sondheim's scores, it's one of the more accessible shows that he ever composed, with a smashing book by Hugh Wheeler and those rich orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. My goodness, folks, perhaps LCT can bring this in when South Pacific closes? It just feels strange that to think we're on our way to a revival of Merrily We Roll Along before this gem. I vote for Emma Thompson as Desiree and Angela as Madame. (And if Thompson were to do it as rumored for the Menier Chocolate Factory, Patricia Routledge as Madame). Enjoy this clip - one of the all-time treasures - the original, and definitive, Desiree Armfeldt, Miss Glynis Johns, recreating that famous ballad (so mercilessly butchered by pop and cabaret singers who hardly get the point of the song).

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