Après Follies, échec commercial mais succès critique, Stephen Sondheim cherche une oeuvre à adapter, avec son complice Harold Prince. Comme il avoue ne pas lire beaucoup, il voit des films et pense à un moment à La règle du jeu de Jean Renoir. Mais son attention se focalise sur une comédie romantique d’Ingmar Bergman : Sourires d’une nuit d’été, qui obtint en 1956 le prix de « l’humour poétique » au Festival de Cannes. Ce film est lui-même inspiré de la pièce de Shakespeare Songe d’une nuit d’été. Notons, pour la petite histoire, que la sublime Eva Dahlbeck, interprète de Désirée, chante à deux reprises dans le film. Bergman accepte de céder les droits de l’oeuvre (à l’exception de son titre). Hugh Wheeler, d’origine britannique, se colle à l’intrigue. Il étoffe le personnage de la mère de Désirée et ajoute un personnage féminin : l’enfant de la diva n’est plus un bambin du nom de Fredrik, mais une adolescente : Frédérika. Le livret s’articulera autour de ce trio féminin, à trois âges de la vie. Le chiffre trois revient à plusieurs reprises puisque les trois temps de la valse sont favorisés par le compositeur, et que la nuit sourit trois fois… Un quintet, sorte de choeur antique, illustrera la satire en permettant au spectateur de bénéficier d’un certain recul.
Durant un week-end dans la superbe propriété suédoise de Mme Armfeldt, des couples vont se défaire, se réunir, dans une comédie romantique acerbe. Désirée, l’actrice, désire faire sa vie avec son ancien amant, l’avocat Fredrik Egerman, actuellement l’époux d’une jeune vierge Anne. Cette dernière est éprise, sans le savoir, de Henrik, le fils de son mari. Henrik, austère, désire connaître les plaisirs de la chair avec la bonne Petra, qui tombe amoureuse d’un maître d’hôtel. Enfin, Charlotte, amie d’Anne et épouse de Carl-Magnus, un militaire actuel amant de Désirée, veut reconquérir son époux. Tout se remettra en place grâce aux stratagèmes conjugués des uns et des autres, et avec l’aide des sourires magiques d’une nuit d’été…
The setting is Sweden, around the year 1900. One by one, the Liebeslieders – five singers who comment like a Greek chorus throughout the show – enter, tuning up. Gradually, their vocalizing becomes an overture blending fragments of "Remember," "Soon," and "The Glamorous Life," leading into the first "Night Waltz". The other characters enter waltzing, each uncomfortable with their particular partner. After they drift back off, the aging and severe Madame Armfeldt and her solemn granddaughter, Fredrika, enter. Madame Armfeldt tells the child that the summer night "smiles" three times: first on the young, second on fools, and third on the old. Fredrika vows to watch the smiles occur. Middle aged Fredrik Egerman is a successful lawyer. He has recently married an 18-year-old trophy wife, Anne, a vain girl who is in love with Fredrik, but too immature to grasp the concept of marriage. The two have been married for eleven months, but Anne still protects her virginity. Fredrik laments his inability to make love to his wife Now. Meanwhile, his son Henrik, a year older than his stepmother, is feeling extremely frustrated. He is a seminary student and everyone is always teasing him, never taking him seriously or letting him talk Later. Anne is intrigued by him, but fails to understand his real meaning. Anne promises her husband that she will consent to have sex shortly Soon. Anne's maidservant Petra, an experienced and forthright girl, slightly older than the teen herself, offers her worldly but crass advice.
Desiree Armfeldt is a prominent and glamorous actress who is now reduced to touring in small towns. Madame Armfeldt, Desiree's mother, has taken over the care of Desiree's daughter Fredrika. Fredrika misses her mother, but Desiree continually puts off going to see her, preferring, somewhat ironically, "The Glamorous Life". She is performing near Fredrik's home, and he brings Anne to see the play. While there, Desiree notices Fredrik; the two were lovers years before. Anne, suspicious and annoyed because of Desiree's amorous glances, demands that Fredrik bring her home immediately. Meanwhile, Petra has been trying to seduce Henrik.
That night, as Fredrik remembers his past with Desiree, he sneaks out to see her; the two share a happy but strained reunion, as they "Remember". They reflect on their new lives, and Fredrik tries to explain how much he loves Anne You Must Meet My Wife. Desiree responds sarcastically, boasting of her own adultery, as she has been seeing the married dragoon, Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm. Upon learning that Fredrik has gone for eleven months without sex, she agrees to accommodate him as a favor for an old friend.
Madame Armfeldt offers advice to young Fredrika. The elderly woman reflects poignantly on her own checkered past, and wonders what happened to her refined "Liaisons". Back in Desiree's apartment, Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm proclaims his unannounced arrival in his typical booming voice. Fredrik and Desiree fool the gullible Count into believing that their disheveled appearance was entirely innocent, but he is still suspicious. He instantly dislikes Fredrik and returns to his wife, Countess Charlotte. Charlotte is quite aware of her husband's infidelity, but Carl-Magnus is too absorbed in his suspicions of Desiree to talk to her In Praise of Women. When she persuades him to blurt out the whole story, a twist is revealed—Charlotte's little sister is a school friend of Anne's.
Charlotte visits Anne, who is talking with Petra. Charlotte describes Fredrik's meeting with Desiree; Anne reacts with shock and horror. The older woman explains to Anne that such is the lot of a wife, and that marriage brings pain Every Day A Little Death. Meanwhile, Desiree asks Madame Armfeldt to host a party for Fredrik, Anne, and Henrik. Though reluctant, Madame Armfeldt agrees. She sends out a personal invitation; its receipt sends the women into a frenzy, imagining "A Weekend in the Country". Anne does not want to accept the invitation, but Charlotte convinces her to do so to heighten the contrast between the older woman and the young teenager. Meanwhile, the Count has plans of his own — as a birthday present to his wife, the pair will attend the party uninvited. Carl-Magnus plans to challenge Fredrik to a duel, while Charlotte hopes to seduce the lawyer to make her husband jealous and end his philandering. The day of the party dawns.
Armfeldt's country estate is bathed in the golden glow of perpetual summer sunset at this high latitude Night Waltz One and Two. Everyone arrives, each carrying their own amorous purposes and desires—even Petra, who catches the eye of Armfeldt's fetching manservant, Frid. The women begin to act against each other. Fredrik is astonished to learn the name of Desiree's daughter. Henrik meets Fredrika, and confesses his deep love for Anne to her. Meanwhile, in the garden, Fredrik and Carl-Magnus reflect on how difficult it is to be annoyed with Desiree, agreeing "It Would Have Been Wonderful" had she not been quite so wonderful. Dinner is served, and the characters' "Perpetual Anticipation" enlivens that meal.
At dinner, Charlotte attempts to flirt with Fredrik, while Anne and Desiree trade insults. Soon, everyone is shouting and scolding everyone else, except for Henrik, who finally stands up for himself. He shrieks at them for being completely amoral, and flees the scene. Stunned, everyone reflects on the situation and wanders away. Fredrika tells Anne of Henrik's secret love, and the two dash off searching for him. Meanwhile, Desiree meets Fredrik and asks if he still wants to be "rescued" from his life. Fredrik answers honestly that he loves Desiree, but only as a dream. Hurt and bitter, Desiree can only reflect on the nature of her life Send in the Clowns. Anne finds Henrik, who is attempting to commit suicide. The clumsy boy cannot complete the task, and Anne tells him that she has feelings for him, too. The pair begins to kiss, which leads to Anne's first sexual encounter. Meanwhile, not far away, Frid sleeps in Petra's lap. The maid thinks of the joy and freedom that she longs for before becoming trapped in marriage The Miller's Son. Henrik and Anne, happy together, run away to start their new life. Charlotte confesses her plan to Fredrik, and the two commiserate on a bench. Carl-Magnus, preparing to romance Desiree, sees this and challenges Fredrik to Russian Roulette, in which he grazes Fredrik's ear. Victorious, Carl-Magnus begins to romance Charlotte, granting her wish at last.
After the Count and Countess leave, Fredrika and Madame Armfeldt discuss the chaos of the recent turns-of-events. The elderly woman then asks Fredrika a surprising question: "What is it all for?" Fredrika thinks about this, and decides that it "must be worth it". Madame Armfeldt is surprised, ruefully noting that she rejected love for material wealth at Fredrika's age. She praises her granddaughter and remembers true love's fleeting nature.
Fredrik finally confesses his love for Desiree, acknowledges that Fredrika is his daughter, and the two promise to start a new life together Finale. Armfeldt sits alone with Fredrika. Fredrika tells her grandmother that she has watched carefully, but still has not seen the night smile. Armfeldt laughs and points out that the night has indeed smiled twice: Henrik and Anne, the young, and Desiree and Fredrik, the fools. As the two wait for the "third smile". Armfeldt closes her eyes, and dies peacefully.
Ce spectacle est basé sur le film "Smiles of a Summer Night" de Ingmar Bergman.
Original Broadway production
A Little Night Music opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on February 25, 1973, and closed on August 3, 1974 after 601 performances and 12 previews. It moved to the Majestic Theatre on September 17, 1973 where it completed its run. It was directed by Harold Prince with choreography by Patricia Birch and design by Boris Aronson. The cast included Glynis Johns (Desiree Armfeldt), Len Cariou (Fredrik Egerman), Hermione Gingold (Madame Armfeldt), Victoria Mallory, Judith Kahan, Mark Lambert, Laurence Guittard, Patricia Elliott, George Lee Andrews, and D. Jamin Bartlett. It won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and the Tony Award for Best Musical.
United States tour
A US national tour began on February 26, 1974 at the Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia, and ended on February 13, 1975 at the Shubert Theatre, Boston. Jean Simmons as Desiree Armfeldt, George Lee Andrews as Fredrik Egerman and Margaret Hamilton as Madame Armfeldt headed the cast.
West End premiere
The musical premiered in the West End at the Adelphi Theatre on April 15, 1975 and starred Jean Simmons, Joss Ackland, David Kernan, Liz Robertson, and Diane Langton, with Hermione Gingold reprising her role as Madame Armfeldt. It ran for 406 performances. During the run, Angela Baddeley replaced Gingold, and Virginia McKenna replaced Simmons.
1989 West End revival
A revival opened in the West End on October 6, 1989 at the Piccadilly Theatre, directed by Ian Judge, designed by Mark Thompson, and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. It starred Lila Kedrova as Madame Armfeldt, Dorothy Tutin as Desiree Armfeldt, Peter McEnery as Fredrick, and Susan Hampshire. The production ran for 144 performances, closing on February 17, 1990.
1995 London revival
A revival by the Royal National Theatre opened at the Olivier Theatre on September 26, 1995. It was directed by Sean Mathias, with set design by Stephen Brimson Lewis, costumes by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting by Mark Henderson and choreography by Wayne McGregor. It starred Judi Dench (Desiree), Siân Phillips (Madame Armfeldt), Joanna Riding, Laurence Guittard and Patricia Hodge. The production closed on August 31, 1996. Dench received the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
2008 London revival
The third London revival ran at the Menier Chocolate Factory from November 22, 2008 until March 8, 2009. The production was directed by Trevor Nunn, with choreography by Lynne Page, sets and costumes by David Farley and new orchestrations by Jason Carr. The cast included Hannah Waddingham as Desiree, Alexander Hanson as Frederik, Jessie Buckley (Anne), Maureen Lipman (Mme. Armfeldt), Alistair Robins (the Count), Gabriel Vick (Henrik), Grace Link and Holly Hallam (shared role Fredrika) and Kasia Hammarlund (Petra). This critically acclaimed production transferred to the Garrick Theatre in the West End for a limited season, opening on March 28, 2009 running until July 25, 2009. This production transferred to Broadway on December 13, 2009, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as Desiree and Angela Lansbury as Madame Armfeldt. Alexander Hanson again played Frederik.
2009 Broadway revival
The 2008 Menier Chocolate Factory production opened on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre in previews on November 24, 2009 and officially on December 13, 2009, with the same creative team. The original cast starred Angela Lansbury as Madame Armfeldt and, in her Broadway debut, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Desiree. Also featured were Alexander Hanson as Frederik, Ramona Mallory as Anne, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as Henrik, Leigh Ann Larkin as Petra, Erin Davie as the Countess, Aaron Lazar as the Count, and Bradley Dean as Frid. Zeta-Jones won the Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for 2010.
The production temporarily closed on June 20, 2010 when the contracts of Zeta-Jones and Lansbury ended and resumed on July 13, with new stars Bernadette Peters as Desiree Armfeldt and Elaine Stritch as Madame Armfeldt. In an interview, Peters said that Sondheim had "proposed the idea to her this spring and urged the producers of the revival to cast her." Trevor Nunn directed rehearsals with the two new stars, and the rest of the original cast remained. Peters and Stritch extended their contracts until January 9, 2011, when the production closed with 20 previews and 425 regular performances. Before the production closed it recouped its initial investment.
Smiles of a Summer Night (source material)
Overture — Mr. Lindquist, Mrs. Nordstrom, Mrs. Anderssen, Mr. Erlanson and Mrs. Segstrom
Night Waltz — Company
Now — Fredrik Egerman
Later — Henrik Egerman
Soon — Anne Egerman, Frederik Egerman and Henrik Egerman
The Glamorous Life — Fredrika Armfeldt, Desiree Armfeldt, Madame Armfeldt and Quintet
Remember? — Mr. Lindquist, Mrs. Nordstrom, Mrs. Anderssen, Mr. Erlanson and Mrs. Segstrom
You Must Meet My Wife — Desiree Armfeldt and Fredrik Egerman
Liaisons — Madame Armfeldt
In Praise of Women — Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm
Every Day a Little Death — Countess Charlotte Malcolm and Anne Egerman
Weekend in the Country — Company
Entracte — Orchestra
Night Waltz I (The Sun Won't Set) — Mr. Lindquist, Mrs. Nordstrom, Mrs. Anderssen, Mr. Erlanson and Mrs. Segstrom
Night Waltz II (The Sun Sits Low) — Mr. Lindquist, Mrs. Nordstrom, Mrs. Anderssen, Mr. Erlanson and Mrs. Segstrom
It Would Have Been Wonderful — Fredrik Egerman and Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm
Perpetual Anticipation — Mrs. Nordstrom, Mrs. Segstrom and Mrs. Anderssen
Dinner Table Scene — Orchestra
Send in the Clowns — Desiree Armfeldt
The Miller's Son — Petra
Reprises — Mr. Lindquist, Mrs. Nordstrom, Mrs. Anderssen, Mr. Erlanson and Mrs. Segstrom
Send in the Clowns (reprise) — Desiree Armfeldt, Fredrik Egerman
Last Waltz — Orchestra
Fredrik Egerman: A successful widowed middle-aged lawyer. He is married to the 18-year-old Anne and has one son from his previous marriage, Henrik.
Anne Egerman: Fredrik's new, naive wife.
Henrik Egerman: Fredrik's son, 20 years old and Anne's stepson. He is serious but confused, as he reads the works of philosophers and theologians as he studies for the Lutheran priesthood.
Petra: Anne's maid and closest confidante.
Desiree Armfeldt: Self-absorbed, once-successful actress, now touring the country-side in what is clearly not the "glamorous life".
Fredrika Armfeldt: Desiree's thirteen-year-old daughter, who may or may not be the product (unbeknownst to Fredrik) of the actress's and Fredrik's affair.
Madame Armfeldt: Desiree's mother, who has had "liaisons" with royalty.
Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm: A military dragoon who is Desiree's latest lover.
Charlotte Malcolm: Carl-Magnus' wife.
Frid: Madame Armfeldt's manservant.
The Liebeslieder Singers: Mr. Lindquist, Mrs. Nordstrom, Mrs. Anderssen, Mr. Erlanson and Mrs. Segstrom. A group of five singers that act as a Greek chorus. (Prince said that these characters represent "people in the show who aren't wasting time ... The play is about wasting time.")
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Ce que la critique en pense...
In his review of the original 1973 Broadway production, Clive Barnes in the New York Times called the musical "heady, civilized, sophisticated and enchanting." He noted that "the real triumph belongs to Stephen Sondheim...the music is a celebration of 3/4 time, an orgy of plaintively memorable waltzes, all talking of past loves and lost worlds...There is a peasant touch here." He commented that the lyrics are "breathtaking".
In its review of the 1989 London revival, the reviewer for The Guardian wrote that the "production also strikes me as infinitely superior to Harold Prince's 1975 version at the Adelphi. Mr Judge's great innovation is to transform the Liebeslieder Singers from the evening-dressed, after-dinner line-up into 18th century ghosts weaving in and out of the action...But Mr Judge's other great realisation is that, in Sondheim, the lyrics are not an adornment to a song but their very essence: understand them and the show will flow. Thus Dorothy Tutin as Desiree, the touring thesp eventually reunited with her quondam lover, is not the melting romantic of previous productions but a working mother with the sharpness of a hat-pin."
The Independent review of the 1995 National Theatre revival praised the production, writing "For three hours of gloriously barbed bliss and bewitchment, Sean Mathias's production establishes the show as a minor miracle of astringent worldly wisdom and one that is haunted by less earthy intimations." The review went on to state that "The heart of the production, in both senses, is Judi Dench's superb Desiree Armfeldt...Her husky-voiced rendering of "Send in the Clowns" is the most moving I've ever heard."
In reviewing the 2008 Menier Chocolate Factory production, The Telegraph reviewer wrote that "Sondheim's lyrics are often superbly witty, his music here, mostly in haunting waltz-time, far more accessible than is sometimes the case. The score positively throbs with love, regret and desire." But of the specific production, the reviewer went on to note: "But Nunn's production, on one of those hermetic sets largely consisting of doors and tarnished mirrors that have become such a cliché in recent years, never penetrates the work's subtly erotic heart. And as is often the case with this director's work, the pace is so slow and the mood so reverent, that initial enchantment gives way to bored fidgeting."
In his New York Times review of the 2009 Broadway production, Ben Brantley noted that "the expression that hovers over Trevor Nunn's revival...feels dangerously close to a smirk...It is a smirk shrouded in shadows. An elegiac darkness infuses this production." The production is "sparing on furniture and heavy on shadows", with "a scaled-down orchestra at lugubriously slowed-down tempos..." He goes on to write that "this somber, less-is-more approach could be effective were the ensemble plugged into the same rueful sensibility. But there is only one moment in this production when all its elements cohere perfectly. That moment, halfway through the first act, belongs to Ms. Lansbury, who has hitherto been perfectly entertaining, playing Madame Armfeldt with the overripe aristocratic condescension of a Lady Bracknell. Then comes her one solo, "Liaisons", in which her character thinks back on the art of love as a profession in a gilded age, when sex 'was but a pleasurable means to a measurable end.' Her face, with its glamour-gorgon makeup, softens, as Madame Armfeldt seems to melt into memory itself, and the wan stage light briefly appears to borrow radiance from her. It's a lovely example of the past reaching out to the present..."
Steven Suskin, reviewing the new Broadway cast for Variety, wrote "What a difference a diva makes. Bernadette Peters steps into the six-month-old revival of 'A Little Night Music' with a transfixing performance, playing it as if she realizes her character's onstage billing -- "the one and only Desiree Armfeldt" -- is cliched hyperbole. By figuratively rolling her eyes at the hype, Peters gives us a rich, warm and comedically human Desiree, which reaches full impact when she pierces the facade with a nakedly honest, tears-on-cheek 'Send in the Clowns.'"
A Little Night Music (1973-01-Colonial Theatre-Boston)Type de série: Pre-Broasway Try Out
Théâtre: Colonial Theatre (Boston - Etats-Unis) Durée : 2 semaines Nombre : 23 représentationsPremière Preview : 23 January 1973
Première: 23 January 1973
Dernière: 10 February 1973Mise en scène : Harold Prince • Chorégraphie : Patricia Birch • Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: 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
A Little Night Music (1974-02-US Tour)Type de série: US Tour
Théâtre: US Tour ( - Etats-Unis) Durée : 11 mois 3 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : 26 February 1974
Première: 26 February 1974
Dernière: 13 February 1975Mise en scène : Harold Prince • Chorégraphie : Patricia Birch • Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Mr. Lindquist - Elliot Savage / Mrs. Nordstrom - Kris Karlowski / Mrs. Anderssen - Marina MacNeal / Mr. Erlanson - Joe McGrath / Mrs. Segstrom - Karen Zenker / Fredrika Armfeldt - Marti Morris / Madame Armfeldt - Margaret Hamilton / Frid, her butler - Jonathan Banks / Henrik Egerman - Stephen Lebew / Anne Egerman - Virginia Pulos / Fredrik Egerman - George Lee Andrews / Petra - Mary Ann Chinn / Desiree Armfeldt - Jean Simmons / Bertrand, a page - James Ferrier / Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm - Ed Evanko / Countess Charlotte Malcolm -Andra Akers / Osa - Verna Pierce
A Little Night Music (1975-04-Adelphi Theatre-London)Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Adelphi Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 11 mois 3 semaines Nombre : 406 représentationsPremière Preview : 15 April 1975
Première: 15 April 1975
Dernière: 03 April 1976Mise en scène : Harold Prince • Chorégraphie : Patricia Birch • Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Mr. Lindquist - John J. Moore / Mrs. Nordstrom - Chris Melville / Mrs. Anderssen - Liz Robertson / Mr. Erlanson - David Bexon / Mrs. Segstrom - Jacquey Chappell / Fredrika Armfeldt - Christine McKenna / Madame Armfeldt - Hermione Gingold [replaced by Angela Baddeley] / Frid, her butler - Michael Harbour / Henrik Egerman - Terry Mitchell / Anne Egerman - Veronica Page / Fredrik Egerman - Joss Ackland / Petra - Diane Langton / Desiree Armfeldt - Jean Simmons [replaced by Virginia McKenna] / Bertrand, a page - Christopher Beeching / Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm - David Kernan / Countess Charlotte Malcolm - Maria Aitken / Osa - Penelope Potter
A Little Night Music (1978-03-Film)Type de série: Film
Théâtre: *** Film (*** - ***) Durée : Nombre : Première Preview : Inconnu
Dernière: InconnuMise en scène : Harold Prince • Chorégraphie : Patricia Birch • Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Desiree Armfeldt - Elizabeth Taylor / Charlotte Mittelheim - Diana Rigg / Frederick Egerman - Len Cariou / Anne Egerman - Lesley-Anne Down / Mme. Armfeldt - Hermione Gingold / Carl-Magnus Mittelheim - Laurence Guittard / Erich Egerman - Christopher Guard / Fredericka Armfeldt - Chloe Franks / Burt - Heins Marecek / Petra - Lesley Duncan / Conductor - Jonathan TunickCommentaires longs: ▶ Most of the female singing vocals (except for Diana Rigg's) were dubbed by Elaine Tomkinson
▶ Because the locale was changed from Sweden to Austria, many of the character names were altered accordingly. In some cases, it merely involved different spellings — Fredrik and Fredrika became Frederick and Fredericka — but in other cases the name was different. Henrik became Erich, the Malcolms became the Mittelheims, and Frid became Kurt.
In addition to the other changes that he made in the score, Stephen Sondheim shortened and revised "Liaisons". This new version was recorded by Hermione Gingold, with full orchestra, and it may have been filmed. It was not, however, in the released film and no footage has turned up (if it was indeed filmed).
▶ The producers wanted to hire Cary Grant for the role of Frederick but Hal Prince would not allow it.
▶ The film originally premiered at the Deauville Film Festival in September. It was then given an official premiere in Los Angeles in December 1977 and opened in New York and a wider release on March 8, 1978.
▶ Filming began in September 1976 and lasted for approximately three months.
A Little Night Music (1981-03-York Theatre-Off Off Broadway)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: York Theatre (Broadway (Off) - Etats-Unis) Durée : Nombre : Première Preview : 20 March 1981
Première: 20 March 1981
Dernière: InconnuMise en scène : Fran Soeder • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Jay Stuart, Kathryn Morath, Keith Rice, Barbara Broughton, Kenneth Kanter, Mary Lynne Metternich, Helen Lloyd Breed, and Jane Krakowski
A Little Night Music (1989-10-Piccadilly Theatre-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Piccadilly Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 4 mois 2 semaines Nombre : 144 représentationsPremière Preview : 06 October 1989
Première: 06 October 1989
Dernière: 17 February 1990Mise en scène : Ian Judge • Chorégraphie : Anthony Van Laast • Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Madame Armfeldt - Lila Kedrova / Desiree Armfeldt - Dorothy Tutin /
Fredrika Armfeldt - Debra Beaumont / Frid, her manservant - David Hitchen / Fredrik Egerman - Peter McEnery / Henrik Egerman - Alexander Hanson / Anne Egerman - Deborah Poplett / Petra, their maid - Sara Weymouth / Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm - Eric Flynn / Countess Charlotte Malcolm - Susan Hampshire / Malla - Mandi Martin / Osa - Susan Paule / Mrs. Nordstrom - Dinah Harris / Mrs. Anderssen - Hilary Western / Mrs. Segstrom - Susan Flannery / Mr. Erlanson - Michael Bulman / Mr. Lindquist - Martin NelsonCommentaires : This production was originally produced at the Chichester Festival Theatre
A Little Night Music (1990-08-New York City Opera-New York)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: New York City Opera (New-York - Etats-Unis) Durée : 3 mois Nombre : 11 représentationsPremière Preview : 03 August 1990
Première: 03 August 1990
Dernière: 07 November 1990Mise en scène : Scott Ellis • Chorégraphie : Susan Stroman • Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Mr. Lindquist - Ron Baker / Mrs. Nordstrom - Lisa Saffer / Mrs. Anderssen - Barbara Shirvis / Mr. Erlanson - Michael Rees Davis / Mrs. Segstrom - Susanne Marsee / Fredrika Armfeldt - Danielle Ferland / Madame Armfeldt - Regina Resnick / Frid, her butler - David Comstock / Henrik Egerman - Kevin Anderson / Anne Egerman - Beverly Lambert / Fredrik Egerman - George Lee Andrews / Petra - Susan Terry / Desiree Armfeldt - Sally Ann Howes / Malla, her maid - Raven Wilkinson / Bertrand, a page - Michael Rees Davis / Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm - Michael Maguire / Countess Charlotte Malcolm - Maureen Moore / Osa - Judith Jarosz
A Little Night Music (1991-07-New York City Opera-New York)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: New York City Opera (New-York - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 mois Nombre : 7 représentationsPremière Preview : 09 July 1991
Première: 09 July 1991
Dernière: 10 August 1991Mise en scène : Scott Ellis • Chorégraphie : Susan Stroman • Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Mr. Lindquist - Ron Baker / Mrs. Nordstrom - Lisa Saffer / Mrs. Anderssen - Barbara Shirvis / Mr. Erlanson - Peter Blanchet / Mrs. Segstrom - Susanne Marsee / Fredrika Armfeldt - Danielle Ferland / Madame Armfeldt - Elaine Bonazzi / Frid, her butler - David Fuller / Henrik Egerman - Kevin Anderson / Anne Egerman - Beverly Lambert / Fredrik Egerman - George Lee Andrews / Petra - Joanna Glushak / Desiree Armfeldt - Sally Ann Howes / Malla, her maid - Raven Wilkinson / Bertrand, a page - Peter Blanchet / Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm - Michael Maguire / Countess Charlotte Malcolm - Maureen Moore / Osa - Judith Jarosz
A Little Night Music (1995-09-Olivier Theatre-NT-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: National Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Salle : Olivier TheatreDurée : 11 mois 1 semaine Nombre : 211 représentationsPremière Preview : 18 September 1995
Première: 26 September 1995
Dernière: 31 August 1996Mise en scène : Sean Mathias • Chorégraphie : Wayne McGregor • Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Desiree Armfeldt - Judi Dench / Mme. Armfeldt - Sian Phillips / Anne Egerman - Joanna Riding / Fredrik Egerman - Laurence Guittard / Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm - Lambert Wilson / Countess Charlotte Malcolm - Patricia Hodge / Henrik Egerman - Brendan O'Hea / Petra - Issy van Randwyck / Fredrika Armfeldt - Claire Cox / with Di Botcher, Louise Breckon-Richards, Kate Dyson, Tim Godwin, Sylvia Griffin, Stephen Hanley, Paul Kynman, Joe Maddison, John Owen-Jones, Ernestina Quarcoo, Morag McLaren
A Little Night Music (1999-01-Brown Theatre-Houston)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Brown Theater (Houston - Etats-Unis) Durée : 2 semaines Nombre : 8 représentationsPremière Preview : 29 January 1999
Première: 29 January 1999
Dernière: 14 February 1999Mise en scène : Michael Leeds • Chorégraphie : Michael Leeds • Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Fredrik Egerman - Thomas Allen / Desiree Armfeldt - Frederica von Stade / Madame Armfeldt - Evelyn Lear / Anne Egerman - Nanne Puritz / Henrik Egerman - John McVeigh / Petra - Leslie Ann Hendricks / Carl-Magnus Malcolm - Frank Hernandez / Charlotte Malcolm - Sheri Greenawald / Mrs. Nordstrom - Kerri Marcinko / Mrs. Anderssen - Jessica Jones / Mrs. Segstrom - Leslie Johnson / Mr. Erlanson - Richard Crawley / Mr. Lindquist - Daniel Belcher / Frederika Armfeldt - Megan Kane
A Little Night Music (2002-08-Kennedy Center-Washington)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington - Etats-Unis) Durée : 3 semaines Nombre : 15 représentationsPremière Preview : 02 August 2002
Première: 02 August 2002
Dernière: 25 August 2002Mise en scène : Mark Broklaw • Chorégraphie : John Carrafa • Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Mr. Lindquist - Christopher Flint / Mrs. Nordstrom - Anna Bergman / Mrs. Anderssen - Ilona Dulaski / Mr. Erlanson - Peter Cormican / Mrs. Segstrom - Siobhan Kolker / Fredrika Armfeldt - Kristen Bell / Madame Armfeldt - Barbara Bryne / Frid, her butler - Erik Sorensen / Henrik Egerman - Danny Gurwin / Anne Egerman - Sarah Uriarte Berry / Fredrik Egerman - John Dossett / Petra - Natascia Diaz / Desiree Armfeldt - Blair Brown / Malla, her maid - Terri Allen / Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm - Douglas Sills / Countess Charlotte Malcolm - Randy Graff
A Little Night Music (2003-03-New York State Theatre-New York)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New-York - Etats-Unis) Durée : 2 semaines Nombre : 15 représentationsPremière Preview : 07 March 2003
Première: 11 March 2003
Dernière: 29 March 2003Mise en scène : Scott Ellis • Chorégraphie : Susan Stroman • Producteur : Star(s) :
A Little Night Music (2003-12-Courtyard Theatre-Chicago)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Courtyard Theatre (Chicago - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : 23 December 2003
Première: 23 December 2003
Dernière: 15 February 2004Mise en scène : Gary Griffin • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Star(s) :
A Little Night Music (2008-11-Chocolate Factory-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Menier Chocolate Factory (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 3 mois 2 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : 22 November 2008
Première: 22 November 2008
Dernière: 08 March 2009Mise en scène : Trevor Nunn • Chorégraphie : Lynn Page • Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Hannah Waddingham (Desirée), Alexander Hanson (Frederik) , Maureen Lipman (Mme Armfeldt), Gabriel Vick (Henrik), Kaisa Hammarlund (Petra), Alistair Robins (Count Malcolm), Kelly Price (Charlotte), Jessie Buckley (Anne), Holly Hallam/Grace Link (Fredrika)Commentaires : This critically acclaimed production earned special praise for the Lady Bracknell type performance from Maureen Lipman, but above all for Hannah Waddingham’s outstanding portrayal. The role of Desirée had earlier been played by older actresses with the consequent ageing of all the other characters around her. The original Desirée should have been no more than 40, with a 14 year old daughter – and this was ideal casting for Hannah Waddingham and added new depth to the story. Including previews, the London production gave some 226 performances.
(Transféré au Garrick Theatre)Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "On transfer to the West End, A Little Night Music leaves me far less than enraptured."
MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Delicious production...an evening of refined enchantment."
SAM MARLOWE for THE TIMES says, "While at its finest Nunn’s production has needle-sharp poignancy, the comedy that accompanies the pain is sometimes too broad...It’s not a rendering that never puts a foot wrong; but when it’s in step with Sondheim’s masterly music it’s sheer elegance."
CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "I found myself almost continually entranced...It's a fine production of a musical that only misses greatness by a whisker."
A Little Night Music (2009-03-Garrick Theatre-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Garrick Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 3 mois 2 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : 28 March 2009
Première: 07 April 2009
Dernière: 25 July 2009Mise en scène : Trevor Nunn • Chorégraphie : Lynn Page • Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Mr. Lindquist - Lynden Edwards / Mrs. Nordstrom - Fiona Dunn / Mrs. Anderssen - Laura Armstrong / Mr. Erlanson - John Addison / Mrs. Segstrom - Nicola Sloane / Fredrika Armfeldt - Grace Link, Holly Halam (alternating) / Madame Armfeldt - Maureen Lipman / Frid, her butler - Andy Morton / Henrik Egerman - Gabriel Vick / Anne Egerman - Jessie Buckley / Fredrik Egerman - Alexander Hanson / Petra - Kaisa Hammarlund / Desiree Armfeldt - Hannah Waddingham / Count Carl-Magnus Malcom - Alistair Robins / Countess Charlotte Malcom - Kelly PriceCommentaires : Reprise de la version Litlle Night Music (A) (2008-11-Chocolate Factory-London)
This critically acclaimed production earned special praise for the Lady Bracknell type performance from Maureen Lipman, but above all for Hannah Waddingham’s outstanding portrayal. The role of Desirée had earlier been played by older actresses with the consequent ageing of all the other characters around her. The original Desirée should have been no more than 40, with a 14 year old daughter – and this was ideal casting for Hannah Waddingham and added new depth to the story. Including previews, the London production gave some 226 performances. This same production transferred to Broadway, officially opening on December 13 th 2009 with Angela Lansbury as Madame Armfeldt and, in her Broadway debut, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Desirée. (Catherine won the Tony Award for the Best Leading Actress in a Musical, and on the same weekend of the Tony Awards it was announced she had been awarded a CBE for her charity work.) The Broadway production closed temporarily on June 20, 2010 when the original contracts ran out, but reopened on July 13, with Bernadette Peters as Desirée and Elaine Stritch as Madame Armfeldt. When the production finally closed on January 9, 2011 it had played 425 performances (plus 20 previews).Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "On transfer to the West End, A Little Night Music leaves me far less than enraptured." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Delicious production...an evening of refined enchantment." SAM MARLOWE for THE TIMES says, "While at its finest Nunn’s production has needle-sharp poignancy, the comedy that accompanies the pain is sometimes too broad...It’s not a rendering that never puts a foot wrong; but when it’s in step with Sondheim’s masterly music it’s sheer elegance." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "I found myself almost continually entranced...It's a fine production of a musical that only misses greatness by a whisker."
A Little Night Music (2009-11-Walter Kerr Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Walter Kerr Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 an 11 mois Nombre : 20 previews - 425 représentationsPremière Preview : 24 November 2009
Première: 13 February 2009
Dernière: 09 January 2011Mise en scène : Trevor Nunn • Chorégraphie : Lynn Page • Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Henrik Egerman - Hunter Ryan Herdlicka / Mr. Lindquist - Stephen R. Buntrock [replaced by Ben Davis on August 31, 2010] / Mrs. Nordstrom - Jayne Paterson / Mrs. Anderssen - Marissa McGowan [replaced by Sara Jean Ford on 713/2010; replaced by Jessica Grové on August 31, 2010] / Mr. Erlanson - Kevin David Thomas / Mrs. Segstrom - Betsy Morgan [replaced by Gina Lamparella] / Fredrika Armfeldt - Katherine Leigh Doherty [replaced by Katherine McNamara] Keaton Whittaker (alternating) / Madame Armfeldt - Angela Lansbury [replaced by Elaine Stritch on 7/13/2010] / Frid - Bradley Dean [replaced by Stephen R. Buntrock on August 31, 2010; replaced by Ron Bohmer on Septembr 28, 2010] / Anne Egerman - Ramona Mallory / Fredrik Egerman - Alexander Hanson [replaced by Stephen R. Buntrock on September 28, 2010] / Petra - Leigh Ann Larkin / Desiree Armfeldt - Catherine Zeta-Jones [replaced by Bernadette Peters on 7/13/2010] / Count Carl-Magnus Malcom - Aaron Lazar [replaced by Bradley Dean on August 31, 2010] / Countess Charlotte Malcom - Erin Davie / Swings - Karen Murphy, Erin Steward, Kevin Vortmann [replaced by Matt Dengler, Marissa McGowan, Justin Patterson]Commentaires : ▶ Reprise de la version Litlle Night Music (A) (2008-11-Chocolate Factory-London).
▶ La production s'est arrêtée du 20 juin au 6 juillet, pour permettre des répétitions en vue du remplacements et de l'arrivée de deux nouvelles stars: Bernadette Peters et Elaine Stritch.
▶ Awards: 2010 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical - Catherine Zeta-Jones / 2010 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Catherine Zeta-Jones
A Little Night Music (2010-02-Théâtre du Châtelet-Paris)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris - France) Durée : Nombre : Première Preview : 15 February 2010
Première: 15 February 2010
Dernière: 17 February 2010Mise en scène : Lee Blakeley • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: David Curry (Henrik Egerman), Rebecca Bottone (Anne Egerman), Lambert Wilson (Fredrik Egerman), Francesca Jackson (Petra), Greta Scacchi (Désirée), Nicholas Garrett (Comte Carl-Magnus Malcom), Deanne Meek (Comtesse Charlotte Malcom), Celeste de Veazey (Fredrika Armfeldt), Leslie Caron (Madame Armfeldt), Damian Thantrey (Mr Lindquist), Kate Valentine (Ms Nordstrom), Rachael Lloyd (Mrs. Anderssen), James Edwards (Mr Erlanson), Daphné Touchais (Ms Segstrom, Leon Lopez (Frid).
Interview B. Peters & E Stritch (1/4)
A Little Night Music (2009-11-Walter Kerr Theatre-Broadway)
Qualité: ***** Intérêt: *****
Langue: Anglais Durée: 00:02:05
Interview B. Peters & E Stritch (2/4)
A Little Night Music (2009-11-Walter Kerr Theatre-Broadway)
Qualité: ***** Intérêt: *****
Langue: Anglais Durée: 00:01:54
Interview B. Peters & E Stritch (3/4)
A Little Night Music (2009-11-Walter Kerr Theatre-Broadway)
Qualité: ***** Intérêt: *****
Langue: Anglais Durée: 00:02:03
Interview B. Peters & E Stritch (4/4)
A Little Night Music (2009-11-Walter Kerr Theatre-Broadway)
Qualité: ***** Intérêt: *****
Langue: Anglais Durée: 00:02:03