Duo to star in Broadway revival at Kerr Theater
Long-rumored duo of Zeta-Jones and Lansbury are joined by a cast that includes Alexander Hanson, an import from the Trevor Nunn-helmed revival’s original staging at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory.
Broadway ensemble also will include Aaron Lazar (“Les Miserables”) and Erin Davie (“Grey Gardens”).
Zeta-Jones makes her Broadway debut in the show, although she starred in the 2002 pic version of Rialto longrunner “Chicago.” In the 1973 Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler tuner, she’ll play central character Desiree, an actress in fin-de-siecle Sweden.
Hanson plays Fredrik, her former lover, with Ramona Mallory (“The Fantasticks”) cast as Frederik’s young wife. Lansbury portrays Desiree’s mother, who is raising Desiree’s young daughter (a role yet to be cast). Lazar and Davie play a count and a countess, respectively.
Musical, based on Ingmar Bergman’s 1955 film “Smiles of a Summer Night,” has not been seen on the Rialto since its original 1973 run. A buzzed-about benefit performance presented by the Roundabout Theater Company in January starred Natasha Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave.
London incarnation of the revival, which starred Hannah Waddingham, kicked off at the Chocolate Factory in November 2008 and went on to a limited West End run that ended this summer.
Design team for the revival includes Lynne Page (choreography), David Farley (sets and costumes), Hartley T A Kemp (lights) and Dan Moses Shreier and Gareth Owen (sound).
“Night Music” is produced in Gotham by Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, the Menier Chocolate Factory, Roger Berlind, David Babani, Andrew Fell and Sonia Friedman Prods.
“Night Music” begins previews Nov. 24 ahead of a Dec. 13 opening.