Wednesday, November 25, 2009
A Little Night Music - First Preview
First preview, done. I want to see it again. I'd love to tell you everything about last night's most anticipated first preview. But today, things that shouldn't be said, won't.
Things that won't change, I'll talk about.
First of all, where are the French horns? This classy, elegant, most glamorous sound is sorely missed. The horns are what make the original orchestrations so thrilling to me. And here, for this production, the orchestra is paired down to almost nothing save a string or two, a clarinet and a keyboard - are there more instruments? I've heard there are 7 pieces, but it's hard to tell - the band is in the wings. I could see the conductor's hands, score and keyboard from my seat. Note, I will take my horn with me to the next performance I attend. That'll learn 'em.
Secondly, David Farley's design, both set and costume, is bland (except for Madame Armfeldt's costumes). There is very little glamour. Hartley T A Kemp's lighting doesn't help. The first act is painfully dark.
Otherwise, I'll definitely go again for the story, the lyrics, the melody, the characters, all of the actors.