Weston Theater Company announces Sondheim’s seductive musical MARRY ME A LITTLE, which will run July 6-30 at Walker Farm.
Full of whimsical and elegant daydreams, this dialogue-free revue designed and developed by Craig Lucas and Norman René shapes a story of Manhattan nostalgia. Legendary Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s “Songs That Got Away” brings to life the aspirations of two single dreamers who live in the same building, just one floor away from them. Alone in their separate apartments on a Saturday night, they imagine sweet fantasies and dream of love. This charming, bittersweet musical finds meaning in a sparkling collection of songs from AnyCan Whistle, Follies, Company, Forum, A Little Night Music and other favorites.
“Marry Me a Little is a multi-faceted musical gem, filled with Sondheim’s rich, witty song and poetry and hugely evocative of the stories and experiences we’ve all shared so recently,” the director said. Weston’s executive artistic, Susanna Gellert. “David Bonanno and Margo Seibert, beloved stars of Weston, are more excellent than ever in this bittersweet and charming exploration of love, loss and hope.”
Michael Berresse, Tony and Olivier nominated actor and Obie-winning director, 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 9,000 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 among others. Other direction: Darling Grenadine (Roundpoint), La Pomme d’Or (Encores!), Now. Here. This. (Vineyard), The last five years (ACT).
Berresse’s talents would be complemented musically by a familiar face to Weston audiences, musical director Yan Li. Li’s most recent work with Weston was seen in An Iliad and The Fantasticks (2019). Other recent musical directions 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 Spectacle (Trinity Rep). 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 Musical.
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. Memorable productions from Bonanno to 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 in the area at The Goodman, Indiana Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Delaware Theater Company, Shaker Bridge and Northern Stage.
Joining Bonanno is Weston darling veteran Margo Seibert (2019’s Always..Patsy Cline). She received a 2020 Drama Desk Award for her performance in Byte at the Signature Theater Company. The award-winning musical was recently revived at the Berkley Rep. Other Theater Credits: Broadway: Rocky (Drama League Award Nomination), In Transit. Off-Broadway: Unknown Soldier, The Thanksgiving Play; Tamar of the River (Drama Desk Award nomination), The Undeniable Sound of Right Now. Television: FBI: International, Instinct, Elementary, The Good Cop and Boardwalk Empire.
Director Michael Berresse says, “The opportunity to showcase a treasure trove of rarely heard material from one of our greatest musical theater artists 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 out of moments of isolation can emerge great joy, humor and inspiration. Add in the exquisite talents of Margo and David and Marry Me a Little is yet another example of Sondheim’s uncanny ability. make “being alive” endlessly entertaining
MARRY ME A LITTLE plays at Walker Farm (703 Main Street, Weston, VT). Adult tickets range from $50 to $74. “Choose your price” subscription tickets start at $39. Discounts available for students, veterans and Vermont residents. 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. Memberships and tickets are available online and by calling the Weston box office at 802-824-5288.
Weston Theater Company builds on and enhances the unique strengths of its Vermont Village campus to produce a diverse, entertaining and challenging season of professional live theater and high-impact events; enrich the theatrical experience with education and awareness programs for all ages; and make meaningful contributions to American theater through training programs, play development, and retreats. It is a nonprofit organization supported in part by funds 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 his community. Learn more at westontheater.org.