Friday, July 3, 2009

Central City Sends In Clowns, Beginning Saturday

Stephen Sondheim's musical masterpiece, A Little Night Music, is the second of three productions to find its way to the Central City Opera House stage this summer. This multi-Tony-winning musical, starring Sylvia McNair as Desiree Armfeldt and Robert Orth as Frederic Egerman (pictured left) , debuts Saturday afternoon (July 4) at 2:30 p.m., the first of eleven performances.

The musical opened on Broadway in 1973 but happens to straddle the operatic line as well, since it has been performed at various times by New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Los Angeles Opera. The story revolves around several couples whose views on such topics as love and sex are explored in a waltz-like setting; the story is an adaptation from the Bergmann film, Smiles of a Summer Night. The big number in this piece is the pop anthem, "Send in the Clowns."

Ken Cazan is the director, enjoying his fourth production with Central City Opera. The choreographer is Kimberly Mackin, and the director is Christopher Zemliauskas.

Because casinos in Colorado's three mountain gambling towns raised their betting limits a couple of days ago to $100, plus new games such as craps and roulette were introduced as well, traffic is expected to be heavier compared to last year. It makes good sense to plan ahead if you're attending any of the opera company's performances this summer. There is a dedicated parking lot immediately adjacent to the building.

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