(Minneapolis/St. Paul) Mu Performing Arts today announced casting and creative staff for A Little Night Music, the company’s second foray into Sondheim’s work following its recent record-setting production of Into the Woods (2012). Inspired by an Ingmar Bergman film, the musical features the beloved songs “Send in the Clowns”, and “A Weekend in the Country,” and follows the exploits of several affluent Swedish families as they rekindle old flames and extinguish dreams on a beautiful country estate. Mu’s former Artistic Director Rick Shiomi makes his first appearance as director since stepping down in September 2013.
“Returning to Mu to direct A Little Night Music is a wonderful opportunity to play with Sondheim and a great cast again, having fun with the humor and music with a fresh perspective. As someone who has come to Sondheim a little later in life, I really appreciate his sardonic style and insight into human foibles.”
~ Rick Shiomi, director
Randy Reyes has played lead roles in many of Mu’s musical productions and now has the unique position of both acting in the shows as well as leading the vision of the company at large.
“The current Artistic Director acting in a musical directed by the former Artistic Director could pose a tricky situation in another theater company, but for us it actually feels more like ‘the good ol’ days’. This is the fifth musical that Rick and I have collaborated on as director and actor, and our second Sondheim. Being back in the rehearsal room with will be great because of how well we work together.”
~ Randy Reyes, Artistic Director
Appearing as Fredrik Egerman, celebrated Twin Cities actor Randy Reyes (Mu Performing Arts, Guthrie Theater, Ten Thousand Things, Mixed Blood Theatre) leads a talented cast of Mu regulars including Sheena Janson (Mu: Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors; Theater Latte Da) as Desiree Armfeldt, Suzie Juul (Mu: Into the Woods, The Mikado, Park Square Theatre: Ragtime) as Anne Egerman, and Alex Galick (Mu: Into the Woods; Utah Shakespeare Festival) as Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. The cast also features talented newcomers Wes Mouri (Chanhassen Dinner Theatres; Ordway) as Henrik, and Meghan Kreidler (Mu: Kung Fu Zombies Vs. Cannibals) as Charlotte. Appearing in supporting roles are Stephanie Bertumen, Alice McGlave, Michael Sung-Ho, Lara Trujillo, and Danielle Wong as well as the quintet featuring Momoko Tanno, Corissa Leonard, Arnold Felizardo, Jennifer Kelley, and Joey Clark.
Mu also announced a stellar creative team including Music Director Jason Hansen, Penelope Freeh as choreographer, and Karin Olson as lighting designer. Lynn Farrington serves as Costume Designer, and Theresa Akers as Set Designer.
Mu Performing Arts presents
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
book by Hugh Wheeler
directed by Rick Shiomi
music direction by Jason Hansen
July 25–August 10, 2014
July 23 and 24 at 7:30 PM ($20–$25)
Park Square Theatre
20 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, MN 55102
Friday, July 25 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 27 at 2:00 PM
Wednesday, July 30 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 PM
Friday, August 1 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 2 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, August, 3 at 2:00 PM
Wednesday, August 6 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, August 7 at 7:30 PM
Friday, August 8 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 9 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, August, 10 at 2:00 PM
Tickets ($30–$40) are available online at www.muperformingarts.org or by calling the Park Square Theatre Box Office at 651-291-7005 (Toll Free: 877-291-7001). Students can purchase $10 tickets for any performance by presenting their valid student ID at the box office. Groups receive 10% off regular adult tickets off groups of 10+ (Cannot be combined with any other discounts)
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