Monday, May 8, 2017, at 7:30 P.M.


Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene

Directed By Kathy Brombacher

Musical Director Tony Houck

Featuring Katie and Bryan Banville


There are 8.49 million stories in New York City…and here are two of them in a musical by Stephen Sondheim.

It’s about a Girl and a Boy, or a Young Woman and a Young Man. They both live in the same apartment building – He’s upstairs on the Third Floor, and directly below in an identical studio apartment on the Second Floor is where She lives. They both live alone and are somewhat lonely; both are searching for romance – for a partner – yet, they have not met in spite of being so close to each other.

It is Saturday night, not a good time to realize one is living a life of solitude. Both He and She are looking for something better. And if our characters are truly living parallel lives, geometry reminds us they will never cross each other’s paths…unless some Sondheim magic decrees it.

To say that Marry Me a Little is made up of discards and remnants from the Sondheim songbook is somewhat true. The songs in this show have a variety of DNA: A Little Night Music, Follies, Anyone Can Whistle, Company, The Girls of Summer, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Some were edited out of previous shows, some are earlier under-exposed compositions, some are from unproduced shows. As Sondheim’s publishing agency puts it, “they’re the songs that got away.” Marry Me a Little was conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene and first staged as an Off-Off Broadway production in 1980, and then revised by Sondheim and Lucas in 2012 and moved up to an Off-Broadway venue.

Maybe our young couple is trying to find someone reasonable to love. Mr. Sondheim has said that “love within reason – that isn’t love.” So, through his songs, we watch our heroine and hero explore the rainbows of romance and the grey skies of forlorn love that doesn’t last. They share with the audience their hidden wishes and fantasies, not realizing the key out of their cage of loneliness is so nearby.

Marry Me a Little is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International and all authorized music materials are supplied by MTI. Produced Off-Broadway by Diane de Mailly in association with William B. Young.

Marry Me a Little is a charming and intimate little gem that celebrates genius in obscurity and lets love save the day”  —SF GATE

“When this lonely boy and girl are finally allowed to meet, they seize the moment and make us melt”          —VARIETY

“In Marry Me a Little, yes, yes, yes!!”  —BROADWAY WORLD LA

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From Interstate 5, exit La Costa Avenue, going east for approximately 1 mile. Turn left on El Camino Real and travel north for approximately 1.5 miles. At the light after the light at Alga/Aviara, turn left onto Dove Lane and into the library parking lot. Schulman Auditorium is on the left at the entrance of the library.

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