The Weston Theater Company announces the haunting Sondheim musical: MARRY ME A LITTLE, playing at Walker Farm from July 6th to 30th.
Conceived and developed by Craig Lucas and Norman René, this dialogue-free revue is filled with whimsical and elegant revues, shaping a tale of Manhattan longing. Tony Award-winning and legendary composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s “Songs that Got Away” bring to life the longings of two single dreamers who live in the same building, just one floor apart. Alone in their separate apartments on a Saturday night, they imagine sweet fantasies and dreams of love. This charming and bittersweet musical finds meaning in a collection of scintillating songs from Anyone Can Whistle, Follies, Company, Forum, A Little Night Music, and other favorites.
“Marry Me a Little is a multi-faceted gem of a musical, full of Sondheim’s rich and witty songs and poetry, and tremendously reminiscent of the stories and experiences we’ve all shared lately,” said Susanna Gellert, Weston’s Executive Artistic Director. “Weston’s beloved stars David Bonanno and Margo Seibert are as excellent as ever in this bittersweet and charming exploration of love, loss and hope.”
Tony and Olivier Award-nominated actor and Obie Award winner Michael Berresse returns to Weston to direct. His previous Weston productions include Once, Million Dollar Quartet, Next to Normal, Peter and the Starcatcher, Round and Round the Garden and the World Premiere of Analog & Vinyl. Berresse has appeared in over 9000 Broadway performances including Kiss Me, Kate (Tony nom.), The Light in the Piazza, [title of show] (Director, OBIE Award), The Cher Show, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Damn Yankees and Guys and Dolls. Other direction: Darling Grenadine (Roundabout), The Golden Apple (Encores!), Now. Here. This. (Weinberg), The Last Five Years (ACT).
Berresse’s talents are complemented musically by a face familiar to Weston audiences, music director Yan Li. Li’s most recent work with Weston was in An Iliad and The Fantasticks (2019). Other recent music genres include Fun Home (NYU), Ah, Wilderness! (Hartford Stage), Promenade (NYU), Oh What a Lovely War (Marymount), Anna Karenina: a riff (Notch Theatre), Marguerite (Astoria Performing Arts Center), Age of Innocence (Hartford Stage, McCarter Center) and Side Show (Trinity representative). His work as a composer/lyricist includes “Made In China” (NY Times Critics’ Pick), “The Ghost Says Boo”, “Sweet Nothings”, “Enjoy the Ride”, “The Puzzling Disappearance of Yinxing Villa” and “Bethune: The Musicals”.
The cast includes longtime Weston veteran David Bonanno as The Man, an aspiring novelist; and 2020 Drama Desk Award winner Margo Seibert as The Woman, a singer-songwriter stuck in the ’70s. Bonanno’s memorable productions at Weston over the past 35 years include An Iliad, Fun Home, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Music Man, Stones in His Pockets, The Full Monty, Of Mice And Men, Death Of A Salesman and Floyd collins . He was in the original Broadway company of The Light In The Piazza, the Chicago companies of Ragtime and Lend Me A Tenor, and the national tour of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. He has been seen regionally at The Goodman, Indiana Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Delaware Theater Company, Shaker Bridge and Northern Stage.
Joining Bonanno is esteemed Weston veteran Margo Seibert (2019’s Always..Patsy Cline). She received a 2020 Drama Desk Award for her performance in Octet at Signature Theater Company. The award-winning musical was recently revived in Berkley Rep. Other theatrical credits: Broadway: Rocky (Drama League Award nominee), In Transit. Off-Broadway: Unknown Soldier, The Thanksgiving Play; Tamar of the River (Drama Desk Award Nominee), The Undeniable Sound of Right Now. Television: FBI: International, Instinct, Elementary, The Good Cop and Boardwalk Empire.
Director Michael Berresse says: “The opportunity to present a treasure trove of rarely heard material from one of our greatest musical theater artists of all time doesn’t come along every day. For that reason alone, Marry Me a Little is a gift. The immense charm, insight and beauty of these extraordinary Sondheim songs also offer a timely reminder that great joy, humor and inspiration can emerge from moments of isolation. Add the exquisite talents of Margo and David, and Marry Me a Little is another example of Sondheim’s uncanny ability to make “being alive” endlessly entertaining
MARRY ME A LITTLE is set at Walker Farm (703 Main Street, Weston, VT). Adult tickets range from $50 to $74. Pick Your Price subscription tickets start at $39. Student, veteran and Vermont resident discounts. Prices do not include sales tax.
After MARRY ME A LITTLE, take a psychedelic journey with HAIR, visit the small town of Chinquapin in STEEL MAGNOLIAS and reminisce with the music of Woody Guthrie in WOODY SEZ. Subscriptions and tickets are available online and by calling the Weston Box Office at 802-824-5288.
The Weston Theater Company builds on and enhances the unique assets of its Vermont village campus to produce a diverse, fun and challenging season of professional live theater and high-impact events. enrich the theater-going experience with educational and outreach programs for all ages; and make significant contributions to American theater through training programs, play development, and retreats. It is a non-profit organization supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and an ever-growing family of individuals and organizations who believe in the impact of the performing arts on their communities. Learn more at westontheater.org.