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Interview with Simon Bailey from Marry Me A Little

Simon Bailey and Laura Pitt-Pulford Photo Credit Roy Tan
Simon Bailey and Laura Pitt-Pulford
Photo Credit Roy Tan

Following a critically acclaimed sell-out run this August, Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little will return to St. James Studio for an additional week of performances from Monday 6th to Saturday 11th October 2014.

Marry Me A Little pieces together a selection of songs by the undisputed master of the contemporary Broadway musical to tell a charming and bittersweet tale of love, loneliness and survival as a modern singleton. Told entirely through songs written early in Sondheim’s career or previously intended for his ground-breaking Broadway musicals including A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Company, Follies and A Little Night Music, Marry Me a Little is funny, moving and sophisticated musical as well as a fascinating look at “the songs that got away”.

Simon Bailey chatting about the show…

What can you tell us about your character in Marry Me A Little?
Ben is normal guy dealing with the beak up of their relationship in his own way. Initially, he sees it as a welcome freedom but over the course of the play we see that that is not the case.

Do you have a favourite song or two from the show?
I love ‘So Many People’ and ‘Happily Ever After’

Marry Me A Little uses material by Stephen Sondheim. What do you enjoy most about Sondheim’s music?
I love how Sondheim’s complex melodies are so easy to listen to for the audience. Every note written is intentional and clear – it’s genius.

How would you sum up Marry Me A Little in One sentence?
Its one couple’s journey of discover into the break up of their relationship.

Why should everyone get along to see the show?
People should come because it’s a beautiful, emotional story told through stunning, lesser-known Sondheim material. What’s not to love?!

Marry Me a Little is conceived and developed by Craig Lucas and Norman René, with music by Stephen Sondheim. It is directed by Hannah Chissick with musical direction by David Randall. It is produced by Aria Entertainment in association with Guy James and Knockhardy Productions, and by special arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

LISTINGS
Monday 6th to Saturday 11th October 2014
ST. JAMES STUDIO
St. James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA
Performances: 8.00pm, Friday/Saturday matinees 3.00pm

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