by Steven Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler

Stephen Sondheim creates a stunning tour de force when he takes Ingmar Bergman's comedy of manners, Smiles of a Summer Night, and turns it into a musical play of romance and elegance. Winner of four Tony Awards, this musical became a major motion picture, and has been revived by opera companies, as well as on Broadway and in London’s West End. 

Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores a tangled web of love affairs as they play out in the repressed late Victorian world of urban civility, and what happens when all the characters spend a weekend in the country, releasing their inhibitions. The results are both comic and touching, as couples partner and then change partners with surprising consequences, finally resolving to very satisfying results.

A Little Night Music is filled with witty and moving moments of passion, romance, regret and desire. All of this is set to Sondheim’s brilliant music and lyrics, among which is the hauntingly memorable Sondheim standard, “Send in the Clowns.”

Of special interested: GW alumnus and arts benefactor, Marc Albert, is in this production. Mr. Albert is on the CCAS National Council of the Arts and Humanities, and is on the Board of the GW and Textile Museum. Also of note, Freshman Kerry Washington was in the Liebeslieder Quintet when Jacobson directed this musical at GW 21 years ago.

Students/Seniors – $10; General Admission – $20 (Cash, debit/credit, check, and G-World are all accepted). Tickets are available online by calling (202) 994-0995, or by visiting the box office on the night of the performance. 

Artistic Staff

Director Leslie Jacobson has spent close to 40 years producing, writing, directing, and teaching theatre committed to addressing societal challenges and to giving voice to people often marginalized by the dominant culture. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Horizons Theatre. Under her leadership from 1977 to 2007, Horizons introduced Washington audiences to over 60 new plays and playwrights through fully staged productions, and another 50 through public staged readings. Jacobson has been nominated for the Helen Hayes Award in the category of Outstanding Director three times. She is a Professor of Theatre at The George Washington University, joining the faculty in 1977, and serving as Department Chair for 13 years. She is the director of Graduate Studies for the one-year intensive MFA program in Classical Acting offered in partnership with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. For the past 13 years, Jacobson has been running a cultural exchange program between GW and the Bokamoso Youth Centre in the impoverished rural township of Winterveldt, South Africa. This past fall, she began a social action theatre program with Al Akhawayn University in Morocco.

Music Director: Patrick O’Donnell, DMA earned his BA from Yale University, his MM in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland, and his DMA in Chamber Music and Vocal Accompaniment at the University of Michigan. He is currently on the voice faculty of both the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C., and maintains an active vocal coaching studio in the D.C. area. He serves as head coach and opera history instructor for the Washington National Opera’s Institute for Young Singers, and has appeared as a guest artist for the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska. Urinetown marks his 5th appearance as music director at GW; other appearances have included Anyone Can Whistle, HAIR, Sweeney Todd and The Cradle Will Rock. He is a member of Musician’s Union Local 161-710.

Choreographer: Jan Taylor has performed, choreographed and taught in the Washington metropolitan area for over 25 years. Her company, Jan Taylor Dance Theatre, has performed extensively in the area, including at Dance Place and the Smithsonian. Currently Jan teaches at Georgetown University; in GW’s MFA program in Classical Acting, offered jointly with the Shakespeare theatre Company; and directs Fairy Tales in Motion, a Ballet/Theatre program for children.