'A Little Night Music' in Pittsfield at the Colonial
PITTSFIELD - Berkshire Theatre Group presents Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical, "A Little Night Music," at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.
"The people in A Little Night Music swell and swoon with love," said director Ethan Heard. "They yearn to be desired, and they act like fools in a midsummer night's dream, falling over themselves in pursuit of their romantic goals. Sondheim and Wheeler capture these passionate exploits with wit, humor, and heartbreaking humanity. This is a romantic comedy with bite, or, as Harold Prince described it, 'whipped cream with knives.' "
A Little Night Music offers an amusing and farcical tale of unexpected liaisons, relentless desire, and ill-fated heartbreak in the life of acclaimed actress, Desiree Armfeldt, played by renowned actress, vocalist and Berkshire native, Maureen O'Flynn with a career spanning more than 28 years in singing lead soprano roles at major opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, and Vienna Staatsoper.
"I am thrilled to be working again with Berkshire Theatre Group, most especially in this fabulous role in one of the best musical theatre pieces ever written," O'Flynn said. "The only thing I love more than being on stage, is being on stage at home, so I am doubly blessed."
One eventful weekend, Desiree, her former beau and his wife, and Desiree's current lover and his wife all arrive at a Swedish country estate. Long-held passions are soon rekindled in this classic waltz of a musical directed by Ethan Heard (who also directed BTG's 2013 hit murder mystery, "The Cat and The Canary") and also brings inTony Award Nominated Kate Baldwin, Gregg Edelman, Penny Fuller and Broadway and television actor Graham Rowat.
"Our production explores the ecstasy and agony of being in love at all ages," Heard explained. "Whether you are 70, 40, or 18, romantic and erotic love holds sway over us. Although our story is set in turn-of-the-century Sweden, it might as well be taking place in 21st-century Massachusetts. The trysts, jealousies, doubts, regrets, conquests, and cravings are all delightfully and devastatingly familiar to us here and now."