Miami – New World School of the Arts college music program presents A Little Night Music, a musical adaptation composed by Stephen Sondheim and based on the book by Hugh Wheeler. Directed by NWSA dean of theater, Patrice Bailey, the musical highlights the talents of music theater college junior and seniors while sharing the stage with an 18-member NWSA Symphony Orchestra, led by Alfred Gershfeld.
This performance premieres on Friday, February 20 at 7:30 PM at the Colony Theater. 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Follow-up shows are on February 21; 7:30 PM and Sunday, February 22; 2:00 PM. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for students and seniors. Information at 305-674-1040. Tickets at http://nwsa.mdc.edu.
“Working on a Stephen Sondheim musical for the actor and the director can be a little daunting attimes due to the demands of the music, the quick pace of the lyrics and the heightened circumstances that the characters find themselves involved,” said Patrice Bailey, dean of theater at NWSA and director of the musical. “ Our rehearsal process has been a wonderful challenge for our students and an opportunity to further enhance, strengthen and reinforce their vocal and acting training”.
In 1957, Harold Prince and Stephen Sondheim came up the idea of collaborating on a musical with a score made up entirely of waltzes. However, it wasn’t’ until 1971 that Sondheim remembered a charming 1956 Ingmar Bergman film, Smiles of a Summer Night about the foibles of lovers on Swedish midsummer night that fit the idea of theircollaboration. Prince and Sondheim were able to secure the rights to the screenplay and work with Hugh Wheeler on ascript adaptation, which stayed true to the spirit of the film. Thus, A Little Night Music was born. A Little Night Music is a romantic musical set at the turn of the century Sweden. It follows the frolics of misguided couples blinded by their own sexual desires and caught up in the chase, the game, the fear of lost youth, as well as the realization of one last opportunity for love. A Little Night Music is considered by many theater critics to have been turning point in Stephen Sondheim’s work. For the first time, his musical style took on a more “operatic” nature which continued in such works as Sweeny Todd and Into the Woods, featuring extended solos, duets and ensemble pieces.
About the NWSA Theater program: Theater and music theater students at NWSA hone their craft through acting technique, movement and speech classes, focusing on fundamentals of physical and emotional preparation. With performance at its core, training is based on the classical texts and the principles of drama as well as practical incursions into the contemporary and experimental edges of theater. Consequently, alumni are found performing onstage nationally and internationally and their talent and vision are recognized and highly regarded in the industry.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
Information about the NWSA Theater program is available by calling 305-237-3541 or visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu. Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-World-School-of-the-Arts/54395903197?ref=hl. Twitter: @NWSA_MIAMI