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A Little Night Music

Based on the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, this musical with a book by Hugh Wheeler, concerns three mismatched couples. Desiree Armfeldt, an actress, is seeing Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm who is married to Charlotte Malcolm. Frederik Egerman, Desiree's past lover, is married to the still-virginal Anne, who is half his age. Henrik Egerman, Frederik's son who is also a divinity student, loves his stepmother Anne, who is a year younger than him. Petra, Frederik and Anne's maid, Madame Armfeldt, Desiree's mother, and Frederica, Desiree's daughter round out the action which occurs in town and at "A Weekend in the Country" at Madame Armfeldt's house in the land of the midnight sun. The musical features a lieder quintet as a Greek chorus.

Show Data

Original Broadway Production:

Opened February 25, 1973
Theatre Shubert Theatre
Ran 601 performances
Music Stephen Sondheim
Lyrics Stephen Sondheim
Book Hugh Wheeler
  Suggested by the film Smiles of a Summer Night by Ingmar Bergman
Producer Harold Prince
  in association with Ruth Mitchell
Director Harold Prince
Choreography Patricia Birch
Scenic Production Designer Boris Aronson
Costume Designer Florence Klotz
Lighting Designer Tharon Musser
Music Published Tommy Valando
Musical Direction Harold Hastings
Orchestrations Jonathan Tunick

Original Broadway Cast:

Mr. Lindquist Benjamin Rayson
Mrs. Nordstrom Teri Ralston
Mrs. Anderssen Barbara Lang
Mr. Erlanson Gene Varrone
Mrs. Segstrom Beth Fowler
Fredrika Armfeldt Judy Kahan
Madame Armfeldt Hermione Gingold
Frid, her butler George Lee Andrews
Henrik Egerman Mark Lambert
Anne Egerman Victoria Mallory
Fredrik Egerman Len Cariou
Petra D. Jamin-Bartlett
Desiree Armfeldt Glynis Johns
Malla, her maid Despo
Bertrand, a page Will Sharpe Marshall
Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm Laurence Guittard
Countess Charlotte Malcolm Patricia Elliott
Osa Sherry Mathis

Musical Numbers:

  1. Vocal Overture
  2. Night Waltz
  3. Now
  4. Later
  5. Soon
  6. The Glamorous Life
  7. Remember?
  8. You Must Meet My Wife
  9. Liaisons
  10. In Praise of Women
  11. Every Day a Little Death
  12. A Weekend in the Country
  13. The Sun Won't Set
  14. It Would Have Been Wonderful
  15. Perpetual Anticipation
  16. Send in the Clowns
  17. The Miller's Son
  18. Finale
  19. Cut Songs
  20. Bang!
  21. Silly People


  1. Original Broadway Cast Recording, 1973
    Columbia CK 32265

  2. Original London Cast Recording, 1975
    RCA Victor RCD1-5090

  3. Original Film Soundtrack Recording, 1978
    Columbia JS 35333

  4. London Studio Cast Recording, 1990
    TER 1179


Tony Awards:

  1. Best Musical
  2. Best Music and Lyrics (Stephen Sondheim)
  3. Best Book (Hugh Wheeler)
  4. Best Actress in a Musical (Glynis Johns)
  5. Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Patricia Elliott)

Secondary performance rights handled by Music Theatre International

Articles: 1.

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