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A Little Night Music

music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
book by Hugh Wheeler


Department of Musical Theatre
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
October 10-20, 2013


The Story: Set in the enchanted birch groves of Sweden in 1900, A Little Night Music sings and waltzes its way through the lives of mismatched couples who are about to make some very surprising discoveries about their true desires. In an ever-thickening plot, the couples come together on a midsummer’s night when the sun never sets for “A Weekend in the Country.” Anything can happen on a warm summer night – to the very young, to the very foolish, and to the very old.

Background: Based on Ingmar Bergman’s film Smiles of a Summer Night, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s A Little Night Music has garnered numerous awards since its debut in 1973. Clive Barnes of the New York Times declared it “Heady, civilized, sophisticated and enchanting. The book is uncommonly urbane and witty … [while] the music is a celebration of three-quarter time, an orgy of plaintively memorable waltzes, all talking of past loves and lost worlds.” Featuring Sondheim’s touching “Send in the Clowns,” A Little Night Music speaks to adoration, regret, and second chances for lost love.



A little night music grphicgraphic design by CAP Designs

Artistic Staff

Director Mark Madama
Music Director Ben Whiteley
Conductor Catherine Walker Adams
Scenic Designer Arthur Ridley
Costume Designer Christianne Myers
Lighting Designer Aaron Tacy
Sound Designer Jim Lillie
Stage Manager Laura Beth Cohen



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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower