Following a critically acclaimed sell-out run in August, Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little will return to St James Studio, London for an extra week of performances from 6–11 October 2014.
Marry Me a Little pieces together a selection of songs by Stephen Sondheim to tell a tale of love, loneliness and survival as a modern singleton. The story is told entirely through songs written early in the composer/lyricist’s career or previously intended for his Broadway musicals including A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies and A Little Night Music.
In this new interpretation, the first to be seen on the London stage in 17 years, the show finds two ex-lovers, on separate Saturday nights, alone in the flat they once shared, remembering the highs and lows of their relationship. Each is visited by memories of the other as they remember what made them fall in love, and ultimately what pulled them apart.
Simon Bailey and Laura Pitt-Pulford will turn to the roles of Man and Woman.
Simon Bailey was most recently seen as Liam in I Can’t Sing! at the London Palladium. Prior to this he toured the UK as Raoul in Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of The Phantom of the Opera. West End credits include Lieutenant Torrasso/Count Ludovic in Passion at the Donmar Warehouse, Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Enjolras in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre and Britney in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre. Bailey is also a founder member of ‘Theatreland’s First Supergroup’ Teatro.
Laura Pitt-Pulford was most recently seen as The Falconer in the Tori Amos musical The Light Princess at the National Theatre, and is about to open in new musical The Return of the Soldier at Jermyn Street Theatre. Other recent credits include A Man of No Importance at Salisbury Playhouse, Piaf at Leicester Curve Theatre, Hello, Dolly! at Leicester Curve Theatre, Mack & Mabel at Southwark Playhouse and Parade at Southwark Playhouse.
Marry Me a Little was co-created by Craig Lucas, who met Sondheim whilst performing in the ensemble of the original Broadway production of Sweeney Todd. In discussions at rehearsals and parties, Sondheim mentioned to Lucas the large number of songs he had written that hadn’t been performed or published. Lucas requested permission to use these songs, and with his collaborator Norman René, pieced them together to create a narrative between a young man and woman.
Marry Me a Little premiered Off-Off Broadway in 1980 and was described by the New York Times as “an unusually moving evening”. It was last seen in London in 1997 at the Bridewell Theatre in a production starring Clive Carter and Rebecca Front.
The musical is conceived and developed by Craig Lucas and Norman René, with music by Stephen Sondheim. It is directed by Hannah Chissick with musical direction by David Randall. It is produced by Aria Entertainment in association with Guy James and Knockhardy Productions, and by special arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.
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