September 22, 2009

Zeta-Jones to make Broadway debut

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angela Lansbury and Alexander Hanson are set to star in the first Broadway revival of A Little Night Music, it was announced Tuesday.

The production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning musical will be directed by Tony Award-winner Trevor Nunn.

The revival is to begin previews Nov. 24 and open Dec. 13 at Manhattan's Walter Kerr Theatre.

Zeta-Jones, who won an Oscar for her work in the movie musical Chicago, is to make her Broadway debut in the role of Desiree Armfeldt, while Lansbury is to play Madame Armfeldt and Hanson is to play Fredrik Egerman. Hanson created the role of Fredrik in Nunn's recent production of A Little Night Music at London's Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End.

I'm honored that Trevor Nunn and Stephen Sondheim asked me to make my Broadway debut in this beautiful production, Zeta-Jones said in a statement. I look forward to starting rehearsal with this extraordinary group of people and working with the incomparable Angela Lansbury, whose work I've long admired.

The circle is complete, added Lansbury. I'm back singing the beautiful music of Stephen Sondheim, and working with a lovely young actress, Catherine Zeta-Jones!

A Little Night Music originally opened in 1973 at Broadway's Shubert Theatre and ran for 601 performances.