‘A Little Night Music’ waltzes into Brooklyn

The Gallery Players To Perform Jan. 25 — Feb. 16

January 24, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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As they continue their 47th Season, the Brooklyn-based group Gallery Players’ first production of the New Year will be Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s elegantly sophisticated romantic comedy “A Little Night Music.” Based on the Ingmar Bergman film “Smiles on a Summer Night,” the five-time Tony winning musical features an elaborate score of waltzes, including the Grammy-winning “Send in the Clowns.” “Night Music” features the most iconic traits of Sondheim’s repertoire, boasting a complex score riddled with hilarious wit. A delicate dream of a musical, the sentimental comedy follows a trio of mismatched lovers as they twist, turn, and tumble toward their true love. While the material is sure to impress, make no mistake that the lavish costumes and luxurious set will invite Gallery’s audiences for a taste of “The Glamorous Life.”

Leading the cast in the role of Desiree Armfeldt is Rita Rehn*, whose Broadway credits include Tony winners “Nine” and “A Chorus Line.” Judith Roberts* (B’way: “Present Laughter” rev.) will appear as Desiree’s mother, Madame Armfeldt. Desiree’s lovers will include Rob Langeder* (“Buddy” U.S. Tour) as Count Carl-Magnus Malcom, and Richard Rowan* (“Suessical” Nat’l Tour) as Frederik Egerman.

The production, directed by Tom Rowan and music directed by Max Grossman, will be given life by Choreographer Elyse Daye Hart, Set Designer Chris Minard, Costume Designer Heather Carey, Lighting Designer Andrew Lu, Sound Designer Jacob Subotnick, Properties Designer Sara Slagle and Production Stage Manager Robert Mills. The cast includes Kiley Caughey, Faylotte Joy Crayton, Maximus DeFrancesco, John Alden Hooper, Samantha Jeffreys, Barrie Kreinik*, Melanie Long, Morgan Patton, Josh Powell*, Kate Semmens, Emily Stokes, Robbie Torres, Scott Vicari and Brooke L. Williams. “A Little Night Music” is an Equity Approved Showcase.

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*Actors appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

 “A Little Night Music” runs Jan. 25 through Feb.16. Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for Adults, $14 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased 24/7 online at www.galleryplayers.com or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101. The GalleryTalks talkback event “From Bergman to Braodway – A Little Night Music and the History of Screen-to-Stage,” featuring guest scholar Maya Cantu, will follow the Sunday, Jan, 26th performance.

The Gallery Players (TGP) has provided Brooklyn audiences with quality theatre since 1967. Located in Park Slope but beloved on both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge, The Gallery Players is dedicated to producing classic and contemporary plays and musicals as well as premiering new works. Recipient of the Off-Off Broadway Review’s 2000 Award for Lifetime Achievement, and Innovative Theater (IT) awards for outstanding musical for “Urinetown,” Yank,” and “Like You Like It.” The Gallery Players’ season comprises three plays and three musicals, covering a remarkably wide range of dramatic and comedic styles. The season finale is the Annual Black Box New Play Festival, which gives world premier performances of works by emerging playwrights.

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