Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Little More Night Music

A Little More Night Music


As regular readers will recall, I fell head over heels in love with the Menier Chocolate Factory revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's A Little Night Music.

Now comes word from Playbill.com that this deservedly sold-out production will transfer next month to London's West End with most of its Menier cast intact. Directed once again by Trevor Nunn, this scrumptious A Little Night Music will play the Garrick Theatre with Hannah Waddingham, Maureen Lipman and Gabriel Vick.

Again, perhaps given the current state of the economy, it's too much to ask, but I'm still hoping this wonderful news portends well for a Broadway transfer to follow.

In the meantime, if you have the means, get thee to London to see this exquisite little show. It begins March 28 with opening -- or first -- night scheduled for April 7.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 17 February, 2009, Blogger Vance said...

It begins March 28th. Man, I wish London had better deals though. The conversion is killing me.

At 17 February, 2009, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Vance, Thanks for the correction. Yes, the show ends its current run at Menier on March 8, but begins anew at the Garrick on March 28.

On the currency conversion, the value of the US Dollar to the Pound is dramatically better than where it was just a year ago. Is that not translating North of the Border?

At 17 February, 2009, Blogger Vance said...

Sadly no. In fact we've LOST traction with our dollar due to the rise of the USD (um sorry to bitch but I'm like. isn't this whole mess cause of the STATES? how does that translate to a better $ for you all? hmph... lol). So while our banks are currently one of the most stable in the world right now (due to high regulations and NOW finally being looked upon as role models), our CDN$ has dropped dramatically since last fall. I even now have to rethink my US trips because its back up to 25% above par (which is basically where it was last year when I went nuts and came to see tons of shows). (I might have considered full price before for a show I really want to see but now if I have to tack on another 25% to the price, there's no way I would think of it anymore and would only go if a discount is available).

I'm actually wondering if it will affect theatre/Broadway with the conversion for tourists being so bad again. Because I did notice last summer when I went to NY, everyone in lines around me happened to be from Europe or Canada.

At 17 February, 2009, Blogger Vance said...

Oh yeah, and we were doing pretty well against the pound too but since fall, it's been slowly creeping the wrong way (for me) again.

The good news though is that its great for tourist to come to Canada and spend now!

At 17 February, 2009, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Vance, That's why I went to Quebec City in January. Enormous value for Americans. But to your point, with over 60% of the Broadway dollars coming from tourists, one has to wonder how many fewer Canadians and Europeans will be venturing to New York this year, with or without the economic slump.

At 17 February, 2009, Blogger Vance said...

Feel free to come back! You (and your American money) are always welcome!

Yeah, I saw those stats too for Broadway and I think on Ken Davenport's blog. Again, info the producers must be mulling over to figure out how to drum up more business (and convince the state to not add another tax that may drive tourists even further away).

At 23 February, 2009, Anonymous BroadwayBaby said...

Per Michael Riedel's last column, the Broadway rights for a transfer have already been granted and Natasha Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave are interested in playing Desiree and her mother respectively. This is one show that will not have problems getting capitalized. Let's hope this happens.


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