MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (June 16, 2014) — Mu Performing Arts has annound the 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).
A Little Night Music is a Stephen Sondheim musical based on the book by Hugh Wheeler. This adaptation is directed by Rick Shiomi, with music direction by Jason Hansen.
Performances run July 25 through Aug. 10, 2014 at Park Square Theatre, 20 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, MN 55102.
Inspired by an Ingmar Bergman film, the musical features the beloved song “Send in the Clowns”, and follows the exploits of several 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,” said Rick Shiomi, the play’s director and previous artistic director of Mu. “As someone who has come to Sondheim a little later in life, I really appreciate his sardonic style and insight into human foibles.”
Randy Reyes has played lead roles in many of Mu’s musical productions (Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, Flower Drum Song) 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’,” Reyes said. “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 will be great because of how well we work together.”
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 (Guthrie Theater, Theatre Latte Da, Children’s Theatre Co.), Penelope Freeh as choreographer, and Karin Olson as lighting designer. Lynn Farrington serves as Costume Designer, and Theresa Akers as Set Designer.
Tickets are $30 to $40 and less for preview shows. Find exact dates and times of performances and seating prices at at www.muperformingarts.org or by calling the Park Square Theatre Box Office at 651-291-7005.
Students can purchase $10 tickets for any performance by presenting their valid student ID at the box office. Groups receive 10 percent off regular adult tickets off groups of 10+ (Cannot be combined with any other discounts).