A Little Night Music Reviews
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
"...Part of its Stephen Sondheim Celebration this spring, "A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC" is another triumph for The Pasadena Playhouse, following up the sublime "Sunday in the Park with George." Based on Ingmar Bergman's 1955 film "Smiles of a Summer Night," the show debuted in 1973 with music and lyrics by Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. It was an instant smash, winning six Drama Desk Awards, a Grammy, three Theatre World Awards, and six Tonys, including Best Musical, and eventually spawning a hit single of the melancholy ballad "Send in the Clowns," which won its own Grammy for Song of the Year in 1976. It's got a quite a legacy, and the Playhouse extends that legacy."
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
"...I'm a little dizzy, bubbly-not from any reception champagne, mind you, but from seeing my very first production of A Little Night Music. It's left me floating. (The music, I confess, is still coursing through me; I hope they don't ask for it back.) With its 20 cast members and 22-piece orchestra, this full-scale production of the 1973 Tony Award-winning musical is a perfect way to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary."
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
"...Pasadena Playhouse's epic Sondheim Celebration continues this month with A Little Night Music, a Broadway-couldn't-do-it-better revival that tops even February's magnificent Sunday In The Park With George."
Entertainment Weekly- Highly Recommended
"...In some ways, it's Sondheim's most optimistic and romantic work, a repudiation of the loneliness at the heart of works such as Company, Sunday in the Park with George, and Sweeney Todd. For better or worse, the characters in this world choose pleasures of the flesh and needs of the heart over all else. This production underscores Night Music's melancholy heart, the bittersweet nature of the agonies of love, and the ironic fact that sometimes it takes everything going wrong to open our eyes to what's right. Even if you have no intention of being saved, sometimes rescue comes all the same. Pasadena Playhouse needn't send in the clowns; they're already here."
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
"...The production design is sensual from top to bottom, not to mention the gorgeous score performed by a full orchestra directed and conducted by Alby Potts (with music supervision by Darryl Archibald). Each and every vocalist is up to the challenge - this cast not only masters Sondheim's notoriously demanding music and lyrics, but has fun illuminating each pearl of humor in the score. A Little Night Music is a rare treat for Sondheim-loving Angelenos; catch it before the sun sets."
Ticket Holders LA- Highly Recommended
"...There are no druthers to chronicle in this brilliant and well-timed revival of Sondheim's A Little Night Music, a production that solidifies Pasadena Playhouse's position as one of the most notable-and steadfast-regional theatres in America."
Its Not About Me- Highly Recommended
"...Fabulous show, excellent voices, wonderfully clever songs, and overall mirth. I am so thrilled to be able to finally write a really good review again. The Pasadena Playhouse definitely does this classic musical justice."