‘Music’ sounds out new firsts

LA Opera debuts B'way tuner

HOLLYWOOD — Saturday’s performance of “A Little Night Music” at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion came on a night of firsts.

It was the first time the Los Angeles Opera presented a Broadway musical or mounted a production in the summer. It also repped the start of the longest scheduled run in the opera’s 18-year history, 23 perfs.

And let’s not forget the party, a packed, old-time affair at Kendall’s Brasserie. It was the first time opera preemgoers had gone downstairs for an opening-night bash instead of to the usual fifth-floor venue.

Edgar Baitzel, the opera’s artistic director, said the chance to mount Sondheim’s 1973 Bergman-inspired show came about when the Center Theater Group put on “La Boheme.” “We figured this would make a nice trade,” Baitzel said.

Joining show topliners Victor Garber, Zoe Caldwell and Judith Ivey at the after-fete were Lauren Ambrose, Deborah Gibson, Joe Keenan, David Lee, Peter MacNicol, Camryn Manheim and James Van Der Beek.

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