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Pasadena Playhouse Extends Performances Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” Through The End of May

Published on Apr 12, 2023

Get ready to be transported to 1900 Sweden with Pasadena Playhouse’s extended run of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” through the end of May. As the second mainstage production of the theater’s six-month-long celebration of the works and impact of Stephen Sondheim, this enchanting and hilarious romantic farce is a bona-fide classic of American musical theater.

In honor of its 50th Anniversary, the Playhouse is proud to present this show in its full and soaring orchestration. With one of the most singular and sumptuous scores in Broadway history, “A Little Night Music” is heady, civilized, sophisticated, and enchanting.

The production is based on Ingmar Bergman’s “Smiles of a Summer Night” and was one of Sondheim’s greatest commercial successes. Recipient of three Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score, “A Little Night Music” explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom.

When the traveling actress performs in Fredrik’s town, the estranged lovers’ passion rekindles, striking a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desirée, Fredrik, Fredrick’s wife Anne, Desirée’s current lover, the Count, and the Count’s wife Charlotte. Join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée’s mother’s estate where infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.

Don’t miss out on this brilliant accomplishment by Sondheim and producer-director Harold Prince. Time Magazine called “A Little Night Music” Sondheim’s most brilliant accomplishment and the New York Times described it as “heady, civilized, sophisticated, and enchanting.” 

The Playhouse cast of A Little Night Music is led by Merle Dandridge (ABC’s Station 19, HBO’s The Last of Us, Broadway’s Once on this Island) as Desirée Armfeldt,  Michael Hayden (ABC’s Murder One, Broadway’s Carousel and Judgement at Nuremberg) as Fredrik Egerman, and Jodi Long (Netflix’s Dash & Lily,Broadway’s Flower Drum Song) as Madame Armfeldt.

Tickets and information are available at, by phone at 626-356-7529, and at the box office at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena. For more information on all productions at Pasadena Playhouse, visit the website.

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