Bergman Sings

Musicals acquaint a man with strange bedfellows. The Petrified Prince, receiving its world premiere at the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Joseph papp Public Theater, filters an unfilmed screenplay by Ingmar Bergman through the lens of the prolific composer-lyricist Michael John LaChiusa, recently responsible for Hello, Again, based on La Ronde, Arthur Schnitzler’s infamous daisy chain of lust in action. If this alliance sounds peculiar, remember Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, magically derived from the delightful Smiles of a Summer Night, the filmmaker’s least characteristic creation. Lake Night Music, the ribald new Prince is in the excellent directorial hands of another Prince: Harold, winner of an unmatched nineteen Tony Awards, now returning to off-Broadway for only the third time in his amazing career. (December 3—January 15; call 212-598-7150.) —A.B.