Sondheim's OB Saturday Night Tix Go on Sale Jan. 3

By Robert Viagas

The CD logo for the London world premiere NEW YORK -- Second Stage, the Off-Broadway theatre company, will host the New York premiere of Saturday Night, Stephen Sondheim's earliest attempt at a professional Broadway musical.

Previews begin Jan. 20 and the official opening is set for Feb. 14. The limited engagement continues through March 26.

HOW DOES THIS AFFECT ME?: Fans upset at the cancellation of Broadway's Wise Guys will have to go Off-Broadway for their Sondheim fix this season.

Tickets (all at $61) go on sale 10 AM Jan. 3 by calling (212) 246-4422.

Australian Actor David Campbell was previously announced for the lead role of Gene. Joining him in the 12-member cast will be Andrea Burns, Donald Corren, Natascia A. Diaz, Christopher Fitzgerald, Kirk McDonald, Michael Pemberton, Joey Sorge, Clarke Thorell, Rachel Ulanet, Frank Vlastnik, Lauren Ward, Michael Benjamin Washington, David A. White and Greg Zola.

The news was reported first in's Minute by Minute column Sept. 16.

Campbell will need to polish up his Brooklyn accent for the role of Brooklyn's foremost would-be lothario. His New York stage debut was in the spring 1999 Babes in Arms at "Encores!" also directed by Marshall, and was featured in an October 1999 workshop of Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Saturday Night, about a group of buddies trying to get dates in 1920s Brooklyn, was written by Sondheim in 1954 when the composer was just 24.

The original producer died, and so did plans for an original production. However, following a successful London production in 1997, Chicago's Pegasus Players gave the show its U.S. premiere in spring 1999. Lontime Sondheim collaborator Jonathan Tunick did the orchestrations, with vocal, incidental, and dance arrangements by Sean Patrick Flahaven. Those orchestrations and arrangements will again be used when the show gets its New York premiere in January 2000, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall (artistic director of the "Encores!" series), with music direction by Rob Fisher.

Though the show was long-lost, several of the songs have surfaced periodically in Sondheim anthologies, including "Sondheim: A Celebration" and Varese Sarabande's "Unsung Sondheim." Among the tunes: "So Many People," "What More Do I Need?," "Isn't It?," "A Moment With You," "Love's a Bond" and the title song. {:-)-:}


Title: Saturday Night
Previews: Start Jan. 20
Opening Night: Feb. 14
Theatre: Second Stage
Address: 307 West 43rd St.
Tickets: All $61. Call (212) 246-4422.

Featured Performers: David Campbell

Creative Team: Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall. Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. Musical Direction by Rob Fisher. Sets by Derek McLane. Costumes by Catherine Zuber. Lights by Donald Holder. Sound by Scott Lehrer. Musical Continuity by Sean Patrick Flahaven.

Producer: Second Stage

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