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SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM Available Now Through MTISONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM Available Now Through MTI
by BWW News Desk - March 21, 2014

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and conceived and originally directed by James Lapine, is now available for licensing via Music Theatre International. (more...)
'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 19th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 19th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - March 19, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Passion,' 'Road Show' and 'Into The Woods' celebrate Sondheim's birthday, 'Dessa Rose' and 'Rent' rake in the reviews, Black Ensemble and Bailiwick announce spring shows, new musicals from Writers Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare, plus Ravinia and Court plan summers 2014 and 2015 and more.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Houston Grand Opera's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is Extraordinarily GorgeousBWW Reviews: Houston Grand Opera's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is Extraordinarily Gorgeous
by David Clarke - March 9, 2014

Ever since it premiered on Broadway in 1973, Stephen Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, with a book by Hugh Wheeler, has been a favorite of musical theatre fans. The Michigan Opera Theatre was the first American opera company to present the piece in 1983, and other companies followed suit. It last graced Houston Grand Opera's (HGO) stages in 1999. Now, the musical, with an extraordinary set and gorgeous costumes by Isaac Mizrahi, is thrilling Houston audiences again with HGO's latest production of this American masterpiece. (more...)
BWW Interviews: Chad Shelton Talks Houston Grand Opera's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSICBWW Interviews: Chad Shelton Talks Houston Grand Opera's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
by David Clarke - March 5, 2014

Houston Grand Opera's highly anticipated production of Stephen Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC opens this week in the Cullen Theater at the Wortham Theater Center. In addition to Stephen Sondheim's celebrated and lush score, this production proudly features sets, costumes, and original direction by popular American fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. I recently spoke with HGO alumna Chad Shelton, who is playing Fredrik Egerman, about the production and his career. (more...)
BWW Reviews: Lyric Music Theater Serves Up Sophisticated SondheimBWW Reviews: Lyric Music Theater Serves Up Sophisticated Sondheim
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - February 23, 2014

Lyric Music Theater has mounted a dazzling new hit to brighten the waning days of winter. Under the direction of Raymond Marc Dumont, the venerable South Portland community theatre has put together an energetic, sophisticated, and compelling production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods that is, quite simply, one of the season's best efforts on any stage! (more...)
'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 12th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 12th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - February 12, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Gypsy' at CST and 'Into The Woods' from The Hypocrites begin, Paula Scrofano honored, Bernadette performs, another out-of-town tryout announced, a Barrel Of Monkeys revue, casting news from the Paramount and the Lyric, the Sarah Siddons Society show and more! (more...)
Mercury Theater Chicago Hosts Stephen Sondheim Panel After INTO THE WOODS TonightMercury Theater Chicago Hosts Stephen Sondheim Panel After INTO THE WOODS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - February 7, 2014

Mercury Theater Chicago and The Hypocrites will feature Stephen Sondheim: The Man and The Music, a post-show talk back discussion on the renowned composer with Dr. Mark E. Lococo, Professor and Director of Theatre at Loyola University Chicago; Dr. Sarah Gabel, Chairperson for the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola University Chicago; and Director Geoff Button, following the 8:00 p.m. performance of INTO THE WOODS tonight, February 7 at the Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and the book by James Lapine, The Hypocrites bring their heightened and playful sense of theatricality to the musical INTO THE WOODS through March 30. (more...)
SINGING SONDHEIM Comes to freeFall Theatre, 2/10SINGING SONDHEIM Comes to freeFall Theatre, 2/10
by BWW News Desk - February 4, 2014

Stephen Sondheim is arguably our greatest living theatre composer. Please join cast members of THE NORMAL HEART, along with a few special guests, on Monday, February 10th at 7:30pm as we celebrate the humor, the pathos, and the artistry of this theatre master. (more...)
'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 22nd, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 22nd, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - January 22, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Sondheim shows 'Gypsy,' 'Road Show,' 'Passion' and 'Waltz,' plus Gambatese in Lyric's 'SOM,' NBC's follow-up, Lamont Dozier's show, Bailiwick's Casting Auction results, Chris and Aaron start a monthly variety show, and more! (more...)
BWW Reviews: Main Street Theater's INTO THE WOODS is Splendidly BeautifulBWW Reviews: Main Street Theater's INTO THE WOODS is Splendidly Beautiful
by David Clarke - January 17, 2014

When it comes to modern musical theatre, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's INTO THE WOODS is definitely among the most beloved. The show had its world premiere in 1986, opened on Broadway in 1987, and won the 1988 Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical in a year that was otherwise dominated by Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. With a handful of revivals and countless regional productions, INTO THE WOODS is a show that both audiences and theater companies love, and Main Street Theater's beautiful production of the classic perfectly illustrates why. (more...)
SONDHEIM FOR SINGERS Songbook Series Out NowSONDHEIM FOR SINGERS Songbook Series Out Now
by BWW News Desk - January 9, 2014

Hal Leonard Corporation, the world's largest music print publisher, is proud to announce the release of the new songbook series Sondheim for Singers, the ultimate source for songs by Stephen Sondheim, the greatest musical theater composer/lyricist of the last half of the twentieth century. The five volumes of the series present 128 songs from 26 shows or films. There is a different contents list for each volume: Soprano, Belter/Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone/Bass, Duets. (more...)
SOMETHING STEPHEN SAID Celebrates Launch of Three Act Theatre at Joe's Pub TonightSOMETHING STEPHEN SAID Celebrates Launch of Three Act Theatre at Joe's Pub Tonight
by BWW News Desk - January 4, 2014

SOMETHING STEPHEN SAID will play Joe's Pub tonight, January 4 at 7:00 PM. Something Stephen Said is a celebration of songs by Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Flaherty commemorating the launch of our new company, Three Act Theatre. (more...)
Behind The Scenes Of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Cast Recording With Sondheim & MoreBehind The Scenes Of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Cast Recording With Sondheim & More
by Pat Cerasaro - December 30, 2013

Peer behind the scenes of the creation of the legendary original Broadway cast recording of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's romantic musical A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC in 1973 with a vivid series of new photographs just released. (more...)
Canal Plus emitirá 'Six by Sondheim' en eneroCanal Plus emitirá 'Six by Sondheim' en enero
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - December 19, 2013

Bajo el titulo de 'Stephen Sondheim en seis canciones', Canal+1 emitira el proximo jueves 16 de enero este documental de la HBO que repasa de la carrera del legendario compositor y letrista, autor de Company, Sweeney Todd, Sunday In The Park With George o Follies. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes with Darren Criss and More Recording 'Opening Doors' for HBO's SIX BY SONDHEIMSTAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes with Darren Criss and More Recording 'Opening Doors' for HBO's SIX BY SONDHEIM
by Stage Tube - December 9, 2013

SIX BY SONDHEIM, an intimate and candid look at the life and art of the legendary composer-lyricist, airs on HBO tonight, December 9th, directed by Tony Award-winner and frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine. Click below to get a sneak peek behind the scenes with Darren Criss in the studio, about to record his part for 'Opening Doors' with musical director Andy Einhorn the day before shooting the scene from MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG with Stephen Sondheim! (more...)
MEGA STAGE TUBE: Watch an Extended Sneak Peek of SIX BY SONDHEIM; Airs Tonight on HBOMEGA STAGE TUBE: Watch an Extended Sneak Peek of SIX BY SONDHEIM; Airs Tonight on HBO
by Stage Tube - December 9, 2013

Directed by Tony Award-winner and frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, SIX BY SONDHEIM is a highly personal profile of a great American artist as revealed through the creation and performance of six of his iconic songs. Told primarily in Sondheim's own words, this feature documentary weaves together dozens of interviews with the composer, rarely seen archival material spanning more than half a century (including newly discoveRed Footage of Ethel Merman performing 'Gypsy') and re-stagings of three songs produced especially for the film. Executive produced by James Lapine and Frank Rich, the exclusive HBO presentation debuts tonight, DEC. 9 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). Check out an extended sneak peek with the videos below! (more...)
'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 4, 2013'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 4, 2013
by Paul W. Thompson - December 4, 2013

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. It's a non-holiday edition! With 'The Mikado,' 'Triumph Of Love,' 'Sweet Smell Of Success,' 'Cabaret' at the Marriott, 'Ain't Misbehavin',' CST's 'Gypsy' and more, plus Streisand and Sondheim on TV, and 'The Sound Of Music' at Sidetrack! (more...)
STAGE TUBE: Stephen Sondheim Explains Why He Writes in SIX BY SONDHEIM PreviewSTAGE TUBE: Stephen Sondheim Explains Why He Writes in SIX BY SONDHEIM Preview
by Stage Tube - December 2, 2013

Directed by Tony Award-winner and frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, SIX BY SONDHEIM is a highly personal profile of a great American artist as revealed through the creation and performance of six of his iconic songs. Told primarily in Sondheim's own words, this feature documentary weaves together dozens of interviews with the composer, rarely seen archival material spanning more than half a century (including newly discoveRed Footage of Ethel Merman performing 'Gypsy') and re-stagings of three songs produced especially for the film. Executive produced by James Lapine and Frank Rich, the exclusive HBO presentation debuts MONDAY, DEC. 9 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). Click below to check out a preview of the documentary. (more...)
Stephen Sondheim Judges Art Exhibition at Say What Gallery in Tannersville, Opening 12/13Stephen Sondheim Judges Art Exhibition at Say What Gallery in Tannersville, Opening 12/13
by BWW News Desk - November 21, 2013

As with all the exhibits at Say What?, the gallery chooses a literary quote as a springboard for the artist's work. This show draws from the lyrics of Stephen Sondheim's songs for SUNDAY N THE PARK WITH GEORGE, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about the life of the pointillist painter, Georges Seurat. Stephen Sondheim, the award-winning composer and lyricist, will participate in the judging of the student works and award prizes in several categories. (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: MARRY ME A LITTLE (New Cast Recording) Is Stirring and BeautifulBWW CD Reviews: MARRY ME A LITTLE (New Cast Recording) Is Stirring and Beautiful
by David Clarke - November 19, 2013

The copious genius of Stephen Sondheim has been thoroughly discussed far and wide throughout his career. Thus, it is no surprise that even songs cut from his various hit shows are brilliant and exciting as well, and that is exactly what the reworked revue MARRY ME A LITTLE, conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, exposes audiences to. The intimate show follows two lonely singles, who are just one floor away from one another, on a Saturday night as they sing about their amiable and secret fantasies. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: Watch Lost Documentary Footage from SONDHEIM: A MUSICAL TRIBUTESTAGE TUBE: Watch Lost Documentary Footage from SONDHEIM: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE
by Stage Tube - September 23, 2013

'Sondheim: A Musical Tribute' was the title given to a benefit staged in March 1973. American Musical and Dramatic Academy and the National Hemophilia Foundation first wanted to honor Harold Prince, but he declined, so they chose Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim thought it would be 'merely a dinner,' but it was actually a full-scale production with 33 performers and a 30-piece orchestra, staged on the set of the then-running 'A Little Night Music' at the Shubert Theatre. Below, check out footage from a short documentary that was made about the show. (more...)
'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for September 18th, 2013'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for September 18th, 2013
by Paul W. Thompson - September 18, 2013

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Three new works of music theater (at Victory Gardens, Writers' Theatre and the Goodman), Ben Vereen and Audra McDonald visit, plus 'Master Class,' a new cabaret revue, improvised Sondheim, a one-night 'Whistle' and more! (more...)
Stephen Sondheim Featured On PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND TodayStephen Sondheim Featured On PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND Today
by Pat Cerasaro - September 8, 2013

The man referred to by many musical theatre enthusiasts around the world as the Shakespeare of our time, master composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will appear this weekend on the new edition of PBS NEWSHOUR and a clip of the intriguing new interview is now available to view. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Stephen Sondheim on PBS NEWSHOUR, Set to Air 9/8STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Stephen Sondheim on PBS NEWSHOUR, Set to Air 9/8
by Stage Tube - September 6, 2013

Master composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will appear on September 8th on the new edition of PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND. Below, check out a new sneak peek at Sondheim's interview with PBS' chief correspondent for arts, culture, and society Jeffrey Brown! (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: Masterwork Broadway's Remastered A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Original Soundtrack Recording) Waltzes WellBWW CD Reviews: Masterwork Broadway's Remastered A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Original Soundtrack Recording) Waltzes Well
by David Clarke - August 13, 2013

Stephen Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC holds a special place in my heart. A particularly impressive production at a community theatre was my first time to see a Stephen Sondheim musical staged, and it began my love affair with the man's music. The Tony Award winning and successful 1973 musical features a score written entirely in schmaltzy waltz time signatures and has a delightfully soapy plot derived from Ingmar Bergman's 1955 Swedish film Sommamattens leende (In English: Smiles of a Summer Night). In 1977, a film version of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC was released, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Lesley-Anne Down, and Diana Rigg, with Len Cariou, Hermione Gingold, and Laurence Guittard reprising their Broadway roles. While the critical reception to the stage musical was glowing, the critical reception of the film was notoriously underwhelming. Despite this, Jonathan Tunick received an Oscar for his orchestrations of the memorable, lovely, and tuneful score, which is magnificently preserved on Masterworks Broadway's digital and CD re-release of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Original Soundtrack Recording). (more...)

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