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A masterful interplay of music and acting in ‘A Little Night Music’

Perpetual anticipation of actors becoming pianists, cellists and even orchestra players buzzed on campus this past weekend thanks to the Stanford Music Department’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” (1973). Renowned for its complex meters, polyphony and high notes all performed in waltz time, the musical explores the rekindling of past love between…

SF Playhouse’s ‘Mary Poppins’ is ‘practically perfect’

SF Playhouse excels at plays, but I’ve remained relatively unimpressed with its works of musical theater. However, the theater’s production of “Mary Poppins” provides a welcome exception. “Mary Poppins” is also a highly unconventional choice of musical—originally performed in 2004, it never really became popular for professional theaters to perform; however, the iconic story makes…