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Arlington's Signature Stages 'A Little Night Music' - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Aug 23,2017
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Nicki Elledge (Anne) and Sam Ludwig (Henrik) star in Signature Theatre’s production of "A Little Night Music," which runs now through Oct. 8. Photo by Noah Chiet

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By Steve Hibbard

Signature Theatre in Arlington is staging Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” now through Oct. 8.

The winner of four Tony Awards in 1973, with music by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, returns to the Signature stage in a new production directed by Eric Schaeffer and featuring D.C. actors Holly Twyford and Bobby Smith. A film version was released in 1977 starring Elizabeth Taylor.

The play is set in 1900s Sweden, when on a magical night with an aging actress, a married virgin, a sex-starved divinity student, and a buffoonish count find themselves tangled in a web of love affairs. It features the musical numbers, “A Weekend in the Country,” “Liaisons,” and “Send in the Clowns.”

Sam Ludwig plays the role of Henrik, a sensitive and lost young man torn between his id and superego. "He has all the bodily urges of a 19-year-old boy, yet studies scripture and plays the cello to take his mind off his earthly desires," said Ludwig. "This works about as well as it usually does with humans."

He said the challenge was learning how to fake playing the cello while simultaneously singing a super-vocally daunting Sondheim song (and also act).

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