Little Night Music [Original London Cast]

A Little Night Music [Original London Cast]

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A Little Night Music, the 1973 Broadway musical with a score by Stephen Sondheim, based on Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night, demonstrated that the composer could embrace a more conventional musical comedy style after the more experimental Company and Follies; it was an amusing romance in which all the music was set to

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A Little Night Music, the 1973 Broadway musical with a score by Stephen Sondheim, based on Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night, demonstrated that the composer could embrace a more conventional musical comedy style after the more experimental Company and Follies; it was an amusing romance in which all the music was set to three-quarter time or multiples thereof, a series of waltzes, and with its Gilded Age time period, in effect an updated Viennese operetta (even if it was set in Sweden). A Tony-winning success in New York, it produced a national tour that ran for two years with film star Jean Simmons replacing Glynis Johns in the starring role of actress Desirée Armfeldt, who rekindles her affair with the lawyer Fredrik Egerman and gets to sing to him the show's hit, "Send in the Clowns." The musical was announced for London's West End, then delayed, and finally opened on April 15, 1975, with Simmons; Hermione Gingold reprising her performance as Desirée's mother; and Joss Ackland as Fredrik. As on Broadway, the production was directed by Harold Prince, and the impression left by the original London cast recording is that not much was changed beyond the casting. If anything, the wit and sophistication of Sondheim's music come off even better in the mouths of British performers with a sense of the European class consciousness that is threaded through the story. Simmons is a better singer than Johns, and her supporting cast is just as good as the Broadway one. Those who own the original Broadway cast album may not need this one unless they saw the U.S. tour and remember Simmons' performance fondly, but it is an excellent alternate version.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0078635509021
catalogNumber:
5090

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist
Hermione Gingold   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Diane Langton   Vocals,cast
Terry Mitchell   cast
Ray Cook   Musical Direction
Chris Melville   Vocals,cast
David Bexon   Vocals,cast
Liz Robertson   Vocals,cast
Jean Simmons   Vocals,cast
Maria Aitken   Vocals,cast
David Kernan   Vocals,cast
Christine McKenna   Vocals,cast
John J. Moore   cast
Terry Mitchell   Vocals
John J. Moore   Vocals
Man of No Importance Cast   cast
Veronica Page   Vocals
Joss Ackland   Vocals,cast
Little Night Music Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Jacquey Chappell   Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Lyricist
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer
Hugh Wheeler   Book
Martin Tickner   Liner Notes
Mike Ross   Engineer

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