“A Little Night Music” returned to the Great White Way last night, July 13, after an absence of three weeks. The time was spent in rehearsals as Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch stepped into the musical’s lead roles.
Directed by Trevor Nunn, the recently reopened production stars Peters as Desiree Armfeldt and Stritch as Madame Armfeldt. The roles were vacated by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, respectively, who wrapped their time with the Walter Kerr Theatre production on June 20.
Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s classic musical is booked into an open-ended run at the Kerr, where it began previews in November and opened in December 2009.
During Zeta-Jones and Lansbury’s final week in the show, the house was at 98 percent capacity, and the production saw a gross of $950,296. That earnings week was on par with “Night Music’s” latest Broadway run up to that point.
Up through June, the production had seen weekly grosses well above the $700,000 mark for all but a handful of weeks. Similarly, attendance at the 931-seat Kerr Theatre was frequently above 90 percent capacity, and a number of maximum-capacity weeks were tallied early in the show’s run.
The nearly three-hour production is staged Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m., and Wednesday Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Matinees run weekly on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Regular ticket prices for the show run from $52 to $137; premium seat locations are always available for $157 to $299. Additional details about tickets and the performance schedule are available on the production’s official Web site.
Since previews for “Night Music” began at the end of November 2009, approximately 206,612 people have attended the production. Total grosses have surpassed $24.4 million. Walter Kerr Theatre is located at 219 W. 48th Street in New York, NY.