Watch This productions has brought to the National Theatre stage an adaption of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and, true to their usual standard of quality, it is nothing short of a delightful affair.
The play is based on a film by Ingmar Bergman, who was the original explorer of Swedish sin and sexuality. The romance of a perfect summer night on which the sun doesn’t set, creates the perfect stage of the tangled web of love affairs the characters drag each other into.
A hilarious cast of characters includes an ageing actress, an equally aged man and his eighteen-year-old sheltered wife, and his sex-starved son.
Luckily the spotlight is spread quite evenly across the characters, as they are all equally humorous and hilariously performed by the ensemble cast. Anna Francesca Armenia’s solo is a standout in her role as Petra, a sexually enlightened servant girl, as well as Nadine Garner’s performance of the ever popular ‘Send in the Clowns.’
The musical has won several awards since its beginnings on Broadway in 1973, including a Tony award for best musical. Clearly the music is well written, and here it is performed even better.
A Little Night Music’s limited run is a shame, as its comedy and heartwarming drama is stellar. The summer night smiles indeed.
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