“Remember, darling?”: Alfred Kahn was my Fredrik in “A Little Night Music”

I was saddened to read this morning that Alfred Kahn, the Cornell University economist famous for his role in deregulating the airlines in the 1970s, has died at the age of 93. In the summer of 1985, I directed a production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music for Risley Theatre at Cornell, and I cast him as Fredrik Egerman, the male lead. Fred was wonderful in the role and a delight to work with and talk to. I went digging through my old files and found the show’s program, and this is what Fred wrote for his bio: “Fred, a professor of Economics at Cornell and formerly Dean of the Arts College, has played leads in several Savoyard productions and La Serva Padrona. Fredrik Egerman is the part he said he’d gladly give up his job in the Carter White House to play.”

Here are a couple of photographs from the August 1985 production:

2 responses to ““Remember, darling?”: Alfred Kahn was my Fredrik in “A Little Night Music”

  1. Pingback: Living in More Than One World » Blog Archive » Farewell to Alfred Kahn, a True Player on the Stage of Life

  2. Hi Lisa,

    I made a special trip to Cornell that summer to see your beautifully cast and staged production of A Little Night Music. Belated bravi to all of you! RIP to the multi-talented Dr. Kahn.

    All best,

    Jennifer Wilson

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