The Broadway revival of Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” undergoes a switch on July 13. Bernadette Peters, two time Tony Award winner, will take over for recent Tony Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones. Elaine Stritch replaces friend and fellow actress Angela Lansbury. Fans are eager to see what kind of colorful freshness Peters will bring to the character of Desiree Armfeldt.
“Night Music” was scheduled originally to end its engagement June 20. That won’t happen now and some new stars will shine on July 13 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The event will mark the first time Stritch and Peters have shared the stage in a Broadway production. Some fans may recall they appeared together on the Avery Fisher Hall stage for “Sondheim: The Birthday Concert” in March of 2010, dressed in all red.
Sondheim suggested the role to Peters during a telephone call while discussing some other matters. Zeta-Jones was out of the show the night Stritch attended and she regretted missing her performance. Audiences are excited about seeing Peters and Stritch appear on stage as mother and daughter. Stritch was quoted as saying, “It’s going to be something.”