Marry Me a Little (musical)

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Marry Me a Little
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Original Cast Album
Music Stephen Sondheim
Lyrics Stephen Sondheim
Book Revue
Productions 1980 Off-Off Broadway
1981 Off Broadway

Marry Me a Little is a musical with lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim, conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman René. The revue sets songs cut from Sondheim's better-known musicals to a dialogue-free plot about the relationship between two lonely New York single people, who are in emotional conflict during an evening in their separate one-room apartments.[1]

The musical originally was staged by the off-off-Broadway Production Company. It opened on October 29, 1980 and closed December 28, 1980. It re-opened March 12, 1981 at the off-Broadway Actor's Playhouse, where it ran for 96 performances. Directed by Rene and choreographed by Don Johanson, it starred Craig Lucas and Suzanne Henry. The revue has been performed in US regional theaters such as GroundWorks Theatre, Nashville, Tennessee in March 2009 [2] and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, Ohio, in May 2009.[3]

In late 1998 actor Steve Gideon proposed a revival of the work with the casting of a male same-sex couple to play the leads. He approached Stephen Sondheim with the idea and was given permission. The new version of the work debuted at the Celebration Theatre in Hollywood, CA in 1999.

A version of the main title with Harry Nilsson singing can be found on bootlegs.

In 2012, the Off-Broadway Keen Company will be presenting a new version of Marry Me a Little. Starring Jason Tam and Lauren Molina, it will include new songs and a new concept. The production will be directed by Jonathan Silverstein and will start previews September 11, 2012 and opening October 2, 2012 at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row. Both Stephen Sondheim and Craig Lucas are involved in the project.

In January, 2013, The New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, Massachusetts, under the direction of Ilyse Robbins, received permission to do a gender-neutral staging of Marry Me a Little, using four actors—two women and two men—and two pianists. The action here takes place in four apartments in Manhattan, with varying pairing up on songs as man and woman, woman and woman, and man and man (this latter pairing effectively used especially in the lyrics of "So Many People" from "Saturday Night"). At the end of the performance the four actors do meet for a closing finale.

In March, 2014, a Canadian production of Marry Me a Little opened at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, directed by Adam Brazier and starring Elodie Gillett & Adrian Marchuk. The production showed the two characters living together in a relationship that eventually comes to an end.

Song list[edit]


  1. ^ Sommer, Elyse.Marry Me a Little review, October 19, 1997
  2. ^ Listing for Marry Me a Little, retrieved December 10, 2009
  3. ^ Hetrick, Adam."Marry Me a Little Opens at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park May 14", May 14, 2009


  • Stanley Green, Richard Walters, Robert Viagas. The Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology: Soprano Vol. 3
  • Craig Zadan. Sondheim & Co., Second Edition 1986, pp343–344, 381.ISBN 0-06-015649-X
  • New York Times, John S. Wilson, "Theater: 'Marry Me,' With Sondheim Songs", November 2, 1980

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