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Arden Theatre Company presents A Little Night Music
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler, Directed by Terrence J. Nolen, On the F. Otto Haas Stage, May 23 – June 30, 2013
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April 23, 2013

(Philadelphia, PA) Arden Theatre Company closes its 25th season with A Little Night Music, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Directed Terrence J. Nolen, A Little Night Music will run on the Arden’s F. Otto Haas Stage from May 23 through June 30, 2013.

The Tony Award-winning A Little Night Music marks the 11th production of a Sondheim work at the Arden, making him the most-produced writer in the company’s 25-year history. “Our mission is to tell great stories by great storytellers, and Sondheim is one of the best,” says Terrence J. Nolen, the Arden’s Producing Artistic Director. “Given our long history with his work, it was fitting to close our anniversary season with his masterpiece A Little Night Music.” Past Sondheim productions at the Arden, all directed by Nolen, include: Sunday in the Park with George, Assassins, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sweeney Todd, Pacific Overtures, Into the Woods, Merrily We Roll Along, Company, and A Little Night Music, which won the first Barrymore Award for outstanding musical in 1995. On May 8, 2013, Nolen will interview Sondheim about his long and influential career at the Wilmington Grand Opera House.

The company’s familiarity with Sondheim’s work extends to the creative team, which reunites on this production following Sunday in the Park with George in 2009, which was hailed as one of the Best Musicals of the Year by the Wall Street Journal. This seasoned creative team includes scenic designer James Kronzer (Candide, Clybourne Park), costume designer Rosemarie E. McKelvey (Candide, The Threepenny Opera), lighting designer Thom Weaver (Next to Normal, August: Osage County), sound designer Jorge Cousineau (Next to Normal, Candide), and choreographer Nikki Cousineau (Next to Normal). Music director Eric Ebbenga (Next to Normal, The Threepenny Opera) leads an ensemble of eight musicians in the orchestrations by Jason Carr, who orchestrated the recent Broadway revival of A Little Night Music and has created updates specific to the Arden’s production. Written by Sondheim in 1973, the score is set entirely as a waltz in 3/4 time, and features one of Sondheim’s most well-known songs “Send in the Clowns.”

In this story of regret, loss, and life, the characters in A Little Night Music assemble for a weekend away in the country. The cast of 15 actors includes Grace Gonglewski (August: Osage County, A Moon for the Misbegotten) as Desiree and Ben Dibble (Assassins, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods) as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm. Also returning to the Arden are Sally Mercer (Something Intangible), Karen Peakes (Women in Jep, A Prayer for Owen Meany), Christopher Patrick Mullen (Candide, Assassins), Alex Keiper (Cinderella, Tulipomania: The Musical), Jake Blouch (Superior Donuts), and Elisa Matthews (Winesburg, Ohio; Café Puttanesca). Making their Arden debuts are local actors Patti-Lee Meringo (recent graduate of DeSales University with numerous PA Shakespeare Festival credits), Jim Hogan (recent graduate of Penn State, Spring Awakening at Mazeppa) and thirteen-year-old Sara Fisher (Music Man at the Walnut). Rounding out the cast are Eric Jon Mahlum (Wicked on Broadway) and Teri Bibb (Phantom of the Opera on Broadway), Sarah Kleeman (Spring Awakening National Tour), and Derrick Cobey (The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway).

A Little Night Music previews begin on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Preview performances run May 23, 24, 25, 26 and 28. Opening night is set for 7pm Wednesday, May 29. The final performance is scheduled for June 30, 2013. Single ticket prices are $36-$48, with discounts available for seniors, students, military and educators. Groups of 15+ enjoy significant discounts; please inquire about group rates. Mainstage Subscriptions are on sale for $84-$135. Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, order online at www.ardentheatre.org, or visit the box office at 40 N. 2nd Street in Old City, Philadelphia.

A Pay What You Can performance will be held on Wednesday, May 22 at 8pm with all proceeds benefiting Upper Darby Summer Stage, one of the nation’s oldest youth theatre programs . Founded in 1976, Summer Stage welcomes over 700 young people from the Delaware Valley into their program each summer. Arden co-founders Amy Murphy and Terrence J. Nolen are among the many alumni of Summer Stage who have gone on to professional theatre careers.

Post-show discussions will be held following performances on June 6 at 8pm, June 12 at 6:30pm, June 16 at 2pm, June 19 at 6:30pm, and June 23 at 2pm.

The Arden is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. Open Captioned and Audio Described performances will take place on Friday, June 14 at 8pm and Saturday, June 15 at 2pm. Reservations are required for accessible seating and may be made by calling the Arden’s Box Office at 215.922.1122.

The Scene, the Arden’s young professionals networking event, will be held on Friday, May 24. Tickets are $30 and include a pre-show reception at the Arden, a ticket to the show, and a post-show party with the staff and cast. Tickets are available online at www.ardentheatre.org/thescene or by calling 215.922.1122 and mentioning The Scene.

Teen Arden, a program for area teenagers passionate about theatre, hosts Drama, Bites, Access! on Friday, May 31. Tickets are $10 and include a pre-show party at the Arden, a ticket to the show, and a post-show meet and greet with members of the creative team and cast of A Little Night Music. Tickets are available online at www.ardentheatre.org/teenarden or by calling 215.922.1122. Teen Arden is made possible by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation.

Arden Drama School offers a special Showtime Workshop during the performance on Sunday, June 9 at 2pm. Kids in grades K-5 can take a $30 acting class while parents or grandparents attend the performance. Further details can be found online at www.ardendramaschool.com or by calling 215.922.1122. Arden Drama School is sponsored by Susquehanna Bank.

WHAT:
A Little Night Music
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed by Terrence J. Nolen

SUMMARY:
This romantic waltz of a musical whisks you away to a weekend in the country. One of Sondheim’s most brilliant works is brought to life on the Arden’s stage by the team behind 2009’s Sunday in the Park with George, hailed as one of the Best Musicals of the Year by the Wall Street Journal. Ben Dibble and Grace Gonglewski lead a cast of 15 in this enchanting and passionate romp.

WHERE:
Arden Theatre Company
F. Otto Haas Stage
40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia 19106

WHEN:
May 23 – June 30, 2013
Preview performances: May 23-28, 2013
Opening night: 7pm Wednesday, May 29, 2013


TICKETS:
Call the Box Office at 215.922.1122 or visit www.ardentheatre.org.

$36-$48 for adults depending on the performance chosen

Group discounts available for 15+
Student Rush tickets at the door 30 minutes before curtain for $10 cash, pending availability (must present valid student ID)

CAST:
Teri Bibb (Resident of Van Nuys, CA) - Mrs. Segstrom
Jake Blouch (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Frid
Derrick Cobey (Resident of New York, NY) - Mr. Lindquist
Ben Dibble (Resident of Malvern, PA) - Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm
Grace Gonglewski (Resident of Mt. Airy, PA) - Desiree Armfeldt
Jim Hogan (Resident of Abington, PA) - Henrik Egerman
Sara Fisher (Resident of Haddon Heights, NJ) - Fredrika Armfeldt
Alex Keiper (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Petra
Sarah Kleeman (Resident of New York, NY) - Mrs. Nordstrom
Elisa Matthews (Resident of Phoenixville, PA) - Mrs. Anderssen
Eric Jon Mahlum (Resident of Bronx, NY) - Mr. Erlanson
Sally Mercer (Resident of Pottstown, PA) - Madame Armfeldt
Patti-Lee Meringo (Blue Bell, PA) - Anne Egerman
Christopher Patrick Mullen (Resident of Brooklyn, NY) - Fredrik Egerman
Karen Peakes (Resident of Merchantville, NJ) - Countess Charlotte Malcolm

ARTISTIC STAFF:
Terrence J. Nolen - Director
James Kronzer - Scenic Designer
Rosemarie E. McKelvey - Costume Designer
Thom Weaver - Lighting Designer
Jorge Cousineau - Sound Designer
Eric Ebbenga - Music Director
Nikki Cousineau - Choreographer
Ryan Touhey - Assistant Music Director
Alec E. Ferrell - Stage Manager

25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON SPONSORS: Main Line Health and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

HONORARY PRODUCERS: Fred and Emily Anton

OPENING NIGHT SPONSORS: Harmelin Media, JPM Catering, Hatboro Beverages


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Reviewing members of the press are invited to opening night Wednesday, May 29 at 7pm and may reserve tickets through Leigh Goldenberg at lgoldenberg@ardentheatre.org.

Arden Theatre Company is located at 40 North 2nd Street in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia.

The Arden’s 25th Anniversary Season includes:
Next to Normal,
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Music by Tom Kitt – September 27-November 4, 2012
Freud’s Last Session, By Mark St. Germain – October 25-December 23, 2012
Cinderella, By Charles Way – November 28, 2012-February 3, 2013
Endgame, By Samuel Beckett – January 17- March 10, 2013
A Raisin in the Sun, By Lorraine Hansberry – March 7- April 21, 2013
Pinocchio, By Carlo Collodi, Adapted by Greg Banks – April 10- June 23, 2013
A Little Night Music, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler – May 23-June 30, 2013

Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers on stage, in the classroom, and in the community. We stage five productions each season as part of our mainstage series and two productions through Arden Children’s Theatre, the city’s first resident professional children’s theatre program. We create and produce new work through our new-work development program, the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase. The Arden Professional Apprentice program trains future theatre leaders, and our theatre classes through Arden Drama School teach children and teens about the craft of making plays. Our access program, Arden for All, makes our work available to the entire community through subsidized tickets and books for economically disadvantaged young people. We also offer sign language-interpreted, captioned and audio described performances and Pay-What-You-Can final dress rehearsals that benefit other nonprofits.

The Arden recently announced an expansion with the Hamilton Family Arts Center, a 22,000 square foot building located three doors north of the Arden at 62 N. 2nd Street. Once renovations are complete in 2013, this building will be a home for process and innovation, including seven classrooms for Arden Drama School, a rehearsal hall, an 80-seat Studio Theatre, Lobby, Parent Lounge, and Teacher Resource Center, and a Crafts Studio for construction of set and props. Details about the Hamilton Family Arts Center can be found online at www.ardentheatre.org/new.

The Arden has received seven Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly” Awards, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Excellence Award, five City Paper “Reader’s Choice” Awards, four Philadelphia Inquirer “Theatre Company of the Year” citations, 58 awards and 276 nominations from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and was named “Best Theatre Company” by Philadelphia Weekly in 2009.
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