As you may know, the current revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music was originally supposed to close in June upon the departure of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury. But, subsequent to the show's closure announcement, the producers announced that the show would reopen with Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. The new cast has been in previews since July 13th, toward a new opening night on August 1st.
I know that I can't wait to see these wonderfully talented women in their respective roles; I'll be taking in a performance on July 31st. In the meantime, I've also obtained a free pair of tickets for one of my lucky readers. The tickets are valid until September 5, 2010.
Of course, I'm not just going to *give* the tickets away. That would be too easy. Below are five trivia questions related to the show and its lovely new leading ladies. I'll select a random winner from everyone who answers all five correctly. The contest deadline will be midnight EST on Friday, July 30th. You can enter your answers in the comments section below. I won't publish the comments until the contest deadline has passed.
1. Which African American actress took over the part of the Witch in Into The Woods upon Bernadette Peters' departure? [ANSWER: Phylicia Rashad. A number of people said Vanessa Williams, but Williams played the Witch in the revival, not the original production.]
2. Who replaced Bernadette Peters in Song and Dance, only to be replaced by Peters as the Witch during rehearsals for Into the Woods? [ANSWER: Betty Buckley. Quite a few people said Ellen Foley, but Foley was never in Song & Dance, at least according to IBDB.]
3. Which two shows was Elaine Stritch involved in on Broadway in the early 1950s that necessitated her hectic commute from Manhattan to New Haven and back? [ANSWER: Call Me Madam and Pal Joey. Most people got this one right, thanks to Elaine Stritch - At Liberty.]
4. The title of A Little Night Music is an homage to what piece of classical music, and who was the composer of that piece? [ANSWER: Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, which is German for...well, I think you can get it from here.]
5. Stephen Sondheim set himself a challenge in composing to the music to A Little Night Music. What was that musical challenge? [ANSWER: To write the entire piece in triple meter, AKA 3/4 time and its brethren. As Sondheim has pointed out, the show does have the occasional non-triple meter thrown in. But most of the show is either in 3/4 or 12/8 or some other variant.]
The winner has been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered! --C.C.