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July 23-Aug. 10: Randy Reyes Leads Cast of Mu Performing Arts’ Production of A Little Night Music, Helmed by Rick Shiomi at Park Square Theatre

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Rick Shiomi (Photo by Lia Chang)

Rick Shiomi (Photo by Lia Chang)

Mu Performing Arts is presenting A Little Night Music, the company’s second foray into Sondheim’s work following its recent record-setting production of Into the Woods (2012), from July 23 – August 10, 2014, at Park Square Theatre, 20 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, MN 55102. Inspired by an Ingmar Bergman film, the musical features the beloved songs “Send in the Clowns”, and “A Weekend in the Country,” and follows the exploits of several affluent Swedish families as they rekindle old flames and extinguish dreams on a beautiful country estate. Mu’s former Artistic Director Rick Shiomi makes his first appearance as director since stepping down in September 2013.

“Returning to Mu to direct A Little Night Music is a wonderful opportunity to play with Sondheim and a great cast again, having fun with the humor and music with a fresh perspective. As someone who has come to Sondheim a little later in life, I really appreciate his sardonic style and insight into human foibles.”

~ Rick Shiomi, director

Appearing as Fredrik Egerman, celebrated Twin Cities actor Randy Reyes (Mu Performing Arts, Guthrie Theater, Ten Thousand Things, Mixed Blood Theatre) leads a talented cast of Mu regulars including Sheena Janson (Mu: Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors; Theater Latte Da) as Desiree Armfeldt, Suzie Juul (Mu: Into the Woods, The Mikado, Park Square Theatre: Ragtime) as Anne Egerman, and Alex Galick (Mu: Into the Woods; Utah Shakespeare Festival) as Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. The cast also features talented newcomers Wes Mouri (Chanhassen Dinner Theatres; Ordway) as Henrik, and Meghan Kreidler (Mu: Kung Fu Zombies Vs. Cannibals) as Charlotte. Appearing in supporting roles are Stephanie Bertumen, Alice McGlave, Michael Sung-Ho, Lara Trujillo, and Danielle Wong as well as the quintet featuring Momoko Tanno, Corissa Leonard, Arnold Felizardo, Jennifer Kelley, and Joey Clark.

Randy Reyes has played lead roles in many of Mu’s musical productions and now has the unique position of both acting in the shows as well as leading the vision of the company at large.

“The current Artistic Director acting in a musical directed by the former Artistic Director could pose a tricky situation in another theater company, but for us it actually feels more like ‘the good ol’ days’. This is the fifth musical that Rick and I have collaborated on as director and actor, and our second Sondheim. Being back in the rehearsal room with will be great because of how well we work together.”

~ Randy Reyes, Artistic Director

The creative team includes Music Director Jason Hansen, Penelope Freeh as choreographer, with lighting by Karin Olson, costumes by Lynn Farrington and sets by Theresa Akers.

PREVIEWS

July 23 and 24 at 7:30 PM ($20–$25)

Park Square Theatre
20 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, MN 55102

PERFORMANCES
Friday, July 25 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 27 at 2:00 PM
Wednesday, July 30 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 PM
Friday, August 1 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 2 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, August, 3 at 2:00 PM
Wednesday, August 6 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, August 7 at 7:30 PM
Friday, August 8 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 9 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, August, 10 at 2:00 PM

Tickets ($30–$40) are available online at www.muperformingarts.org or by calling the Park Square Theatre Box Office at 651-291-7005 (Toll Free: 877-291-7001). Students can purchase $10 tickets for any performance by presenting their valid student ID at the box office. Groups receive 10% off regular adult tickets off groups of 10+ (Cannot be combined with any other discounts)

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Lia Chang Photo by GK

Lia Chang Photo by GK

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York.  She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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