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Mimi Hines and A Little Night Music to Deliver a Lot of Mid-Century Glamour and Music at the McCallum Theatre 

Mimi Hines, Broadway and television legend, will be the featured performer in the College of the Desert (COD) production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at the McCallum Theatre May 2-5, 2013, the Performing Arts Department announced today. Ms Hines will play the role of the matriarch, Madame Armfeldt, who raises her illegitimate granddaughter, the child
of her own daughter, the renowned actress, Desiree Armfeldt, in Sondheim’s
classic musical comedy uniquely set in mid-century Palm Springs style.

Hines, a veteran of Broadway and television, is both a singer and a comedienne, talents that won her great acclaim when she replaced Barbra Streisand in the original production of Funny Girl, and kept the show running for an additional 18 months. She made her debut on the Jack Paar show in 1958 and was a frequent performer on television for the next several decades, including a stint on the hit series Frasier as Mrs. Latimer.
 
“We are thrilled that Mimi Hines will play our Madame Armfeldt,” said Dr. Darlene Romano, production coordinator and musical director for the COD production. “Our students will have the amazing opportunity of performing with and learning from a true professional of the stage.” Hines will also give a presentation to music and theater majors at COD about her life and work.
 
A Little Night Music
tells the story of a middle-aged lawyer (Fredrik Egerman), his young wife (Anne), and his former mistress (Desiree Armfeldt). This COD production is set in a style uniquely Palm Springs, where lovers unite, secrets are revealed, and all celebrate “The Glamorous Life,” and featuring the songs “Send in the Clowns” and “A Weekend in the Country.” Directed and choreographed by Sha Newman, and musical direction by Romano. Production design is by Palm Springs designer Kurt Cyr.
 
A Little Night Music is produced by the Performing Arts Department at COD with additional support of the COD Foundation and the Palm Springs Modernism Committee.
 
Mimi Hines appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
 
Show dates and times are Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4 at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the McCallum Theatre box office, 760-340-ARTS or www.mccallumtheatre.com.
 
For more information, call the Performing Arts Department at 760.773.2574.
May 2013