Performing Arts: Sondheim’s Saturday Night

by Editorial

Signature Theatre brings Stephen Sondheim‘s first musical to the metro area, and it’s just as relevant as it was in the 1950’s
By Christina Hubmann

Stephen Sondheim and Angela Lansbury at Signature Theatre in 2010. Photo by Kyle Samperton

It is a Saturday evening in the year 1929 when the stock market crash and a group of middle-class Brooklyn celibates become desperate over their never-ending nights. Gene, for example, has a menial job at a Wall Street stockbroking firm, but don’t give up the dream of living an exciting Manhattan lives. He doesn’t want to accept the present situation as his friends do. Gene concocts the plan to “get-rich-quick” which could bring him in jail. Ahh, yes, it’s Saturday Night.

Signature Theatre is celebrating Stephen Sondheim by presenting his very first musical “Saturday Night” (sponsored by the HRH Foundation) from 1953. This rarely limited performance – with music and lyrics unperformed in full until 1997 – features a book by Julius and Julius and Philip Epstein and is directed by Signature’s Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (who is known for Side by Side and The Hollow) and Music Director Jon Kalbfleisch.

The actors are Broadway’s Geoff Packard and some of DC’s leading talent including Eleasha Gamble, Susan Derry, Sam Ludwig, Evan Casey, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Bayla Whitten, William Diggle, Danny Yoerges, Buzz Mauro, Alan DeMont Wiggins, William Beech, and Mike Barry.

If you want to see this romantic comedy you have to hurry up because “Saturday Night” is a special concert event that will play for four performances only on Saturday October, 29 (2 and 8 pm) and Sunday October, 30 (2 and 7 pm) in Signature’s MAX Theatre.

Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at (703) 573-SEAT or Signature Box Office at (703) 820-9771. For more information click HERE.

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