Stephen Sondheim News

Date of Birth: March 22, 1930 (85)
Birth Place: New York, NY, USA
Gender: Male
SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Classic Roles Ready For Gender-BendingSOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Classic Roles Ready For Gender-Bending
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 29, 2015

Lines are blurring. Gender-bending is seemingly everywhere these days, from high fashion ads to news coverage to I AM CAIT, Queen Latifah as The Wiz and beyond. Furthermore, one of the most provocative and popular stories of last week was the news of a Canadian regional production of A CHORUS LINE casting a male actor in the leading role of Cassie, renamed Casey. With the additional angle of Broadway currently being abuzz with the appearance of stage and screen star Taye Diggs stepping into the iconic high heels of the titular character in the recently multi-Tony Award-winning musical HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH - itself centered on a transsexual character - it seems as though now would be the ideal time to consider some other musical theatre mainstays and how they could be re-purposed and refreshed with a gender-bended twist. Although certain roles seems tailor-made to such treatment, it is illuminating to consider the rich possibilities that could potentially be afforded in the experience of witnessing the right performer of perhaps the perceivably wrong sex tackling a role normally associated with the opposite gender. Who knows, maybe a female Phantom or a make Elphaba are not that wildly spurious or far-fetched to consider given the compelling performances that have been given by unlikely actors in roles traditionally portrayed in a certain way. Theatre is nothing without reinvention and these are my top 10 picks for musicals I would like to see taken on with fresh eyes and a new outlook. (more...)

Photo Flash: Steve Ross Welcomes Liliane Montevecchi and More to BirdlandPhoto Flash: Steve Ross Welcomes Liliane Montevecchi and More to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

On Monday, July 27, the Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present the return of pianist/singer Steve Ross in "Steve Ross on Broadway." Steve's very special guest star was Tony winner Liliane Montevecchi. Jesse Bielenberg rounded out the sublime music on bass. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Barbara Cook Memoir to Hit Shelves at Last in 2016?Barbara Cook Memoir to Hit Shelves at Last in 2016?
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

Back in 2011, it was announenced that Broadway living legend Barbara Cook would collaborate with New York Times theatre critic Charles Isherwood on a memoir. The book never made it to the shelves for its previously announced fall 2012 release, but now it seems that fans might still have reason to rejoice. According to Amazon, the still untitled memoir will be released by HarperCollins on May 16, 2016. (more...)

Theodore Bikel Tribute Concert Set for 54 Below, 8/5Theodore Bikel Tribute Concert Set for 54 Below, 8/5
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, and KulturfestNYC, the citywide week-long summer mega-festival that brought in over 50,000 attendees, present "Another Hundred Years" on Wednesday, August 5th at 9:30pm. (more...)

Christine Baranski at Joe's Pub & More Among Public Theater's Fall Public Forum OfferingsChristine Baranski at Joe's Pub & More Among Public Theater's Fall Public Forum Offerings
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

The Public Theater announced the 2015 Fall Public Forum season, featuring an exciting line-up of one-night-only performances and conversations that connect dramatic literature to the way we live now. Now in its sixth year, the popular Public Forum series presents the theater of ideas: conversations and performances with leading voices in politics, media, and the arts. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 7/21/2015 - 7/28/2015Hottest Articles on BWW 7/21/2015 - 7/28/2015
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 7/21/2015 - 7/28/2015. (more...)

WEST SIDE STORY, Starring Justin Matthew Sargent and Carolann M. Sanita, to Open at Music Circus Next MonthWEST SIDE STORY, Starring Justin Matthew Sargent and Carolann M. Sanita, to Open at Music Circus Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

With a cast featuring Music Circus audience favorites and Broadway veterans, several of which have performed in the show on Broadway and on tour, West Side Story, the fifth production in the 65th Music Circus season, celebrates Broadway at its greatest. Performances are Tuesday, August 4 through Sunday, August 9 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. (more...)

Exclusive Photo Flash: Go Backstage at INTO THE WOODS at the Muny with Headley, McClure, Samonsky & More!Exclusive Photo Flash: Go Backstage at INTO THE WOODS at the Muny with Headley, McClure, Samonsky & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

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Broadway Ticket Buying Guide: July 27- August 2, 2015Broadway Ticket Buying Guide: July 27- August 2, 2015
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 27, 2015

Welcome to BroadwayWorld's: The Broadway Ticket Buying Guide. Below, you will find weekly updates on full priced tickets, discounts, availability for the hottest productions, and locations for shows playing the Great White Way! Catch up on all the latest stats so that you can see your favorite productions at the best price! (And make it there on time). (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stephen Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS at Camp IDS Musical TheatreBWW Reviews: Stephen Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS at Camp IDS Musical Theatre
by Peter Nason - Jul 27, 2015

Mary Olive Gauthier leads a talented group of actors in this wonderful retelling of the iconic Sondheim musical...with a twist. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 7/20/15Nashville Theater Calendar 7/20/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 27, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 26Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 26
by Audition Roundup - Jul 26, 2015

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, July 26, 2015. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Director Mitchell Greco and Playwright Ted Swindley Talk HONKY TONK ANGELSBWW Interviews: Director Mitchell Greco and Playwright Ted Swindley Talk HONKY TONK ANGELS
by Katricia Lang - Jul 26, 2015

Stages Repertory Theatre Company opens it 2015 - 2016 season with the bright lights, big city musical review, HONKY TONK ANGELS. The show includes country classics 'Delta Dawn,' 'Stand By Your Man,' 'Harper Valley PTA' and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: Tinkerbelle the Dog in GYPSY at Harbor Theatre Lights Co.Photo Flash: Tinkerbelle the Dog in GYPSY at Harbor Theatre Lights Co.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2015

Tinkerbelle the Dog (@Tinkerbellethedog) the recent social media rescue dog visiting the cast of Broadway Shows (American in Paris, It Shoulda Been You) is one step closer to her broadway dream! She was just recently cast as Chowsie in the Harbor Lights Theater Company's production of GYPSY starring Tony Award Nominee Sally Mayes. Check out photos of the pup and the cast below! (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Open 93rd Season This Fall with Gala Performance of LUISA MILLERSan Francisco Opera to Open 93rd Season This Fall with Gala Performance of LUISA MILLER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

San Francisco Opera celebrates the opening of its 93rd Season on Friday, September 11, 2015 with a gala performance of Verdi's Luisa Miller, conducted by Company Music Director Nicola Luisotti and featuring an international cast, led by soprano Leah Crocetto, tenor Michael Fabiano and baritone Vitaliy Bilyy. (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: July 18-24THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: July 18-24
by Nora Dominick - Jul 24, 2015

Got caught up watching Lin-Manuel singing NEWSIES at the 'Ham4Ham' Lottery? Celebrated National Vanilla Ice Cream Day with too many Schmakary's ice cream sandwiches? Didn't have time check in on all of the latest Broadway news? Well don't worry BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the biggest stories from this week from Broadway and beyond with BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures.' (more...)

Jessica Hershberg, William Parry and Cooper Grodin to Star in Palm Beach Dramaworks' 110 IN THE SHADE This AugustJessica Hershberg, William Parry and Cooper Grodin to Star in Palm Beach Dramaworks' 110 IN THE SHADE This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

110 in the Shade, a richly evocative and touching musical about desperation, desire, and hope, opens at Palm Beach Dramaworks on Friday, August 14 (8pm) and heats up the Don & Ann Brown Theatre through August 23. The show, with music by Harvey Schmidt, lyrics by Tom Jones, and a book by N. Richard Nash based on his play The Rainmaker, will be presented in concert, with direction by Clive Cholerton, choreography by Michelle Petrucci, and musical direction by Howard Breitbart. (more...)

Tickets to Paper Mill Playhouse's 2015-16 Season on Sale 8/3Tickets to Paper Mill Playhouse's 2015-16 Season on Sale 8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced that single tickets for its groundbreaking 2015-2016 season will go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 3, 2015.  Season subscriptions are already on sale and subscribers can already purchase additional single tickets.  Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, or at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org.  (more...)

SHOW BIZ: Rush, Lottery & Standing Room Only Ticketing Policies - 7/24/2015SHOW BIZ: Rush, Lottery & Standing Room Only Ticketing Policies - 7/24/2015
by BWW - Jul 24, 2015

BroadwayWorld.com's SHOW BIZ: Rush, Lottery & Standing Room Only Ticketing Policies - updated on 7/24/2015. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 7/24; 'Awesome' INTO THE WOODS at The Muny, BUDDY in Raleigh and More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 7/24; 'Awesome' INTO THE WOODS at The Muny, BUDDY in Raleigh and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 24, 2015

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Raleigh, Sacramento, St. Louis and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include an 'awesome' INTO THE WOODS at The Muny, PETER PAN at Music Circus, and BUDDY - THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY in Raleigh, just to name a few. (more...)

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