Send in the Musicals - Sondheim is Back!

Posted: 26th March 2009

Two excellent Sondheim musical productions grace the West End this week as previously noted on allgigs before.

First up is "Saturday Night", a tale of a gang of friends involved in the Wall Street crash in the late 20's - very apt for these testing times. Legend has it that this show was written in 1954 and put on ice until its first performance in 1997 and revision by the man himself in 1999. Considering he was just 23 when he wrote it, there are a welter of songs throughout this lively production. It plays at the Arts Theatre from Thursday 26th March up until 11th April - a short run, blink and you'll miss it.

Tickets start at £20 and the Theatre is in Great Newport Street near Leicester Square tube. Starts: 7.30PM.

Finally, fancy a little night music? As mentioned previously the successful and much-loved show by Sondheim starts a fresh West End run from Saturday 28th March until 29th July at the Garrick Theatre (again near Leicester Square tube on Charing Cross Road.

Our writer Solange wrote a feature a while back which outlined the show's storyline thus:

Directed by Trevor Nunn, 'A Little Night Music' is set in early-20th century Sweden, and tells the story of a group of friends and their laborious cycles of romance, where all men have a history with the beautiful but self-absorbed actress Desiree (played by Hannah Waddingham), and all the other women are united in their jealousy towards her.

A soap opera in the making? Well there are many stirring songs including the world-famous "Send In The Clowns" plus a plot that is actually more detailed than most musicals.

Tickets start at £40 plus booking fee.

Paul Pledger