A Radiant Saturday Night and a Ghostly Chamber Musical

November 11, 2014 1:41 AM

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Charm comes bounding over the footlights in Stephen Sondheim's relatively little-known Saturday Night, which remains at the York until Sunday afternoon. Featuring an energetic stageful of accomplished young professional actors--with the music supervised by longtime Sondheim conductor Paul Gemignani--the show plays delightfully well in the York's under-dressed, script-in-hand Mufti series. While not high-powered musical theatre, this staged reading of Saturday Night hits just the right note and should please just about everyone the York can fit into their intimate house in the basement of the Citicorp building.

This is the master's earliest professionally-produced musical; that is, it is his earliest musical to receive a professional production, albeit forty-odd years later. The show was announced for a 1955 Broadway opening; it was again announced after the success of Gypsy, as a 1959 Bob Fosse production...

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