Sondheim musical comes to town

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Stephanie Schmalzle and Keith Merrill

An exciting and fully professional production of Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little is coming to Rye on June 9 and 10 following a very successful three-week-run, off West End in London.
The production features songs from a selection of the maestro Sondheim’s musicals, including Follies, A Little Night Music and Company and was created in the 1980s. The classic Sondheim songs are sung by two people, with no dialogue in between. They are two lonely hearts and living in New York in the 1970s. And we listen to them as they sing in their apartments, not knowing that they actually live just one floor apart. A humorous and moving tale unfolds through Sondheim’s lyrical genius.
This production of Marry Me A Little stars a pair of genuine Americans – Stephanie Schmalzle (who was a Fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC) and Keith Merrill (whose credits include Mordred in a US national tour of Camelot). Jonathan Musgrave accompanies on piano. Credit is due to Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, who originally developed this idea and selected the songs from the wonderful Sondheim songbook.
Stage and music director Alisdair Kitchen says: ‘Euphonia Studio are thrilled to be producing this gorgeous musical. It’s the first chance for London audiences to see it in a few years, and every song is a jewel’.
Marry Me A Little is a Euphonia Studio production in partnership with Rye Arts Festival and performances will be on Saturday June 9 at 7:30pm and Sunday June 10 at 3pm at Rye Community Centre in Conduit Hill. Tickets, costing £15 can be purchased in advance at www.ryeartsfestival.org.uk, or at Grammar School Records or on the door.

Photo: Doug Craib

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