Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little will return to the London stage for the first time in 17 years in a brand new production at St James Studio Theatre, London for 16 performances only from 29 July (press night is 31 July).
Marry Me A Little pieces together a selection of Sondheim songs to tell a bittersweet tale of love, loneliness and survival as a modern singleton. Two single strangers, left alone in their studio apartments on a Saturday night, pass their time with sweetly secret, unshared fantasies, never knowing that they’re just a floor away from each other and the end of their lonely dreams. Told entirely through songs written early in Sondheim’s career or previously intended for his ground-breaking Broadway musicals including A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies and A Little Night Music, Marry Me a Little is described as a funny, moving and sophisticated musical as well as a fascinating look at “the songs that got away”.
Marry Me a Little was co-created by Craig Lucas, who met Sondheim while 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.
Casting has not yet been announced.
The musical will be directed by Hannah Chissick with musical direction by David Randall. In 2003 Chissick became the youngest woman to become an artistic director in the UK, when Harrogate Theatre appointed her at the age of 25. Directing crediting include Perfect Pitch, The Blue Room, Life in the Theatre and On the Piste (Derby Playhouse), Art starring Jamie Theakston, Steve McGann and Chris Luscombe (Whitehall Theatre), Side By Side By Sondheim (Venue Theatre), Abigail’s Party (Exeter Northcott Theatre), Teechers (Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke), Grumpy Old Women Live (UK Tour), the world premiere of Horrid Henry – Live and Horrid! (UK tour and West End), Pushing up Poppies (Theatre503) and Much Ado About Nothing (Guildford Shakespeare Festival)
Marry Me a Little is produced by Aria Entertainment in association with Guy James and Knockhardy Productions.
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