Songs from much-loved Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals are reimagined under music director Wayne Marshall in a new staging by Kim Criswell.
All the glitz, glamour and unforgettable songs of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals but like you’ve never heard them before. This dazzling staged musical revue weaves a moving new storyline through iconic songs from Carousel, Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific and The Sound of Music, with performances from some of today’s top names in musical theatre.
Conceived and created by Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Walter Bobbie, A Grand Night for Singing took Broadway by storm at its opening in 1993. This new staging is conceived by Kim Criswell, one of today’s pre-eminent musical theatre singer/actors. She stars in the production, one of a handpicked cast of brilliant musical theatre performers that also includes lyric soprano Danielle de Niese.
She lights up the stage whenever she's on it
The Independent on Kim Criswell
Opera's coolest Soprano
The New York Times on Danielle De Niese
A Grand Night for Singing is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd
Originally produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, New York City, in 1993
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Edinburgh Festival Ensemble
Wayne Marshall Music Director
Kim Criswell Staging
Anna-Jane Casey Additional Staging
Danielle de Niese Lynne
Kim Criswell Victoria
Anna-Jane Casey Alyson
Damian Humbley Jason
Richard Morrison Martin
Rodgers & HammersteinʼsA Grand Night for Singing
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Musical Arrangements by Fred Wells
Orchestration by Michael Gibson & Jonathan Tunick
Conceived by Walter Bobbie
Sung in English with supertitles
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