Smiles of a Summer Night/A Little Night Music

I wasn’t able to find a whole lot of material relating to Smiles of a Summer Night, but I did come across a few videos that might be useful.

 

The Bergman film is on YouTube in full:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvikpyWw59g

You can turn on captions using the “CC” button at the bottom.

 

I couldn’t find a free stream of the A Little Night Music film, but there is a New York City Opera performance from 1990 on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFQ2hxucD4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CY_DGPvWLk

 

The classic rock band Heart released a song called “Smiles of a Summer Night” as a Best Buy-exclusive bonus track on their 2012 album Fanatic.  Here is a blog post with a stream:

http://www.heartlinker.nl/?p=6870

 

There is also a Desperate Housewives episode called “Smiles of a Summer Night”.  I’m not really sure how much it has to do with the film.  You can stream it on NetFlix.  Here is a very detailed article on it from the Desperate Housewives wiki:

http://desperatehousewives.wikia.com/wiki/Smiles_of_a_Summer_Night

 

Here is an NYT article discussing Smiles in relation to A Little Night Music:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/27/movies/27scott.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

 

“Send in the Clowns” has, of course, been covered by Judy Collins, Barba Streisand, and many others.  Here is Krusty the Klown singing it on The Simpsons:

http://www.viddler.com/v/d4cac791

 

For the record, here is a performance of Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISwUxGa_fsY

2 thoughts on “Smiles of a Summer Night/A Little Night Music

  1. I will have a lot more to say about “A Little Night Music” when I present on Tuesday. But I wanted to note that Sondheim says that he has been happy with only one adaptation of one of his musicals – Tim Burton’s version of “Sweeney Todd” (For the record I disagree with him – I didn’t think it was very good). I do agree that the film version of “A Little Night Music” is not good (there are moments – it is fun for those of us too young to have seen Len Cariou on Broadway to get a sense for his Frederick, for example) But I wanted to open up the question for those who – like me – are Sondheim geeks of why his musicals are so hard to adapt. I wanted to mention as well that this year will see another attempt – a big budget version of his1987 musical “Ihttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt2180411/nto the Woods”:

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