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Boxing Day casting: Me, John, Hampson père, fils & mère.
Boxing Day casting: Me, John, Hampson père, fils & mère.

To the Menier Chocolate Factory for dinner & Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with Chris & parents and John from Atlanta.  I can’t remember ever walking out of a theatre feeling so thrilled and moved. It was a wonderful production, brilliant cast, in a theatre intimate enough that you can hear every word, and the sound design so good, you didn’t know it was there.

I didn’t realize how many songs from this show that I knew already, but I’d never heard them in context before, and the context makes a huge difference.   Hannah Waddingham’s performance of “Send in the Clowns” was one of the most moving bits of theatre I’ve ever seen (and I’m not easily moved), but the whole cast were strong and great to watch. Needless to say, Maureen Lipman as Madame Arnfeldt was heaven.

Thanks for a wonderful evening!

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Jonathan Still, ballet pianist