|The age of characters in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC.|
|Posted by: portenopete 04:00 pm EST 02/06/19|
|In reply to: re: Elaine Stritch in the revival of "A Little Night Music" and struggling to remember her words - Michael_Portantiere 03:21 pm EST 02/06/19|
|Does Madame Armfeldt have other children?
If she was a courtesan, presumably she would have avoided having children, no? Was Desiree a mistake? Was she the result of a lack of attention to birth control?
Does anyone mention whether Desiree is, in fact, illegitimate? Would that be a reason why she pursued acting, a career her mother seems to disapprove of?
If she was a late-life mistake, the age gap between CZJ and Angela Lansbury might have made sense: 44 years.
In most productions the gap has been closer to 20-25 years, which would make sense for a normal Swedish woman at the turn of the 20th century but maybe not for a leading courtesan.
(Of course there was also the NT revival, where 62-year old Sîan Phillips was mother to 61-year old Judi Dench. Clare Cox was Fredrika and I remember reading about 14 but there doesn't seem to be any online info about her.)
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