Playwright/composer Lindsay Warren Baker
GENESEO, N.Y. -- Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Little Night Music" is coming to the stage of SUNY Geneseo as the college's musical theater program presents the acclaimed show Feb. 29 - March 3 at 8 p.m. in the Alice Austin Theatre.
Directing the production is Rochester native Lindsay Warren Baker, co-creator of the national production "Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, A Musical" which received enthusiastic notices from theater critics as part of the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival. The musical director for "A Little Night Music" is Gerard Floriano, professor of music at Geneseo.
"I am elated to have Lindsay working with out students as director of this Stephen Sondheim classic," said Floriano. "Her success as an actor, writer, director and choreographer will bring great energy to this incredible show, which is full of beautiful music, witty lyrics and an engaging storyline. Her direction, along with our talented cast and full orchestra, will make this a delightful theatrical experience."
"A Little Night Music" originally opened on Broadway in 1973 and was inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film "Smiles of a Summer Night." It has played in theaters around the world with numerous revivals since its opening. Among the music in the production is Sondheim's well-known ballad "Send in the Clowns."
In addition to "Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, A Musical," Baker's latest work with collaborator Amanda Jacobs is "Truth and Beauty: A Shakespeare Sonnet Project," commissioned by the Penfield Music Commission Project for mixed voices and symphony orchestra (to premiere in June 2012).
"I am so grateful to have the opportunity to bring this wonderful story and gorgeous score to life with the members of the musical theater program at SUNY Geneseo," said Baker. "Everyone has been incredibly welcoming, and I am impressed on a daily basis by the creativity and intelligence of all involved."
In addition to her experience as a playwright/composer, Baker also is an artist educator, stage manager, performer and choral conductor. Professional credits include work with Eastman Opera Theater, Mercury Opera Rochester, Rochester Shakespeare Players, Young Audiences of Rochester and the Ohio Light. She received her bachelor's degree in theater and music from St. Olaf College with additional training at the O'Neill national Theater Institute and Geva Theatre Center. She also is pursuing a master's degree.
Tickets for "A Little Night Music" are $8 for students; $9 for Geneseo faculty and staff; and $10 for the general public. They are available online or by calling (585) 245-5877.
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