The Sondheim Review

Articles from Vol. 13, No. 4, Summer

Acceptance and Encouragement
Weekend Bernstein festival includes details about West Side StoryHarvard University's Office of the Arts and the university's department of music teamed to present "Leonard Bernstein, Boston to Broadway" on Oct. 12-14, 2006. Through seminars, master...
A Fairytale Beginning
A fairytale beginningSignature Theatre initiates its new theatre with Into the WoodsREVIEW BY MICHAEL J. BANDLERA door creaked open at a distant corner of the stage of the Max, and an eerie shaft of blinding yellow-green light heralded the entrance of...
A Follies Fanatic
Victoria Clark was primed to play Sally in Follies[Editor's Note: This interview was posted online on Feb. 2, 2007, just before Follies opened City Center's 2007 Encores! series.]A spiring actors take note. A bit of fanaticism may be useful in your career,...
Artful Translation Isn't Easy
Why Sondheim's musicals have not captured audiences in Germany and AustriaThe American theatre system is predominantly commercial. Productions, especially of musicals, are usually put on to achieve one major goal - to turn a profit. That is why so many...
Art Still Isn't Easy
Reprise! Sunday misses some pointsYou have to give Jason Alexander credit. In directing Sunday in the Park with George in Los Angeles for Reprise! Broadway's Best (Jan. 30-Feb. 11, 2007), he aimed to follow the mandate of French pointillist artist Georges...
Bella Donna
Murphy shares stories about preparing for and playing Fosca and PhyllisIn the early 1990s, the name Donna Murphy wasn't well known unless you were into memorizing below-the-title credits. She made her Broadway debut in 1979 as a replacement swing in...
Bliss and Harmony
Danish translator of Sondheim describes his processPeople in Denmark often ask one another about their profession. "What do you do?" is a frequent conversation starter. "Translating theatre" is a sufficiently rare response, one that invites comments....
Carlotta Is Born Again
This time she's played by Christine BaranskiChristine Baranski is the latest portrayer of Carlotta Campion, at the February 2007 Encores! concert version of Follies at City Center Theater. She is no stranger to Sondheim shows, having appeared in Sweeney...
Editor's Letter
A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME would smell as sweet, we're told. But how about a song in any other language? Especially a song by Stephen Sondheim. That's a question I've wondered about during my years of editing The Sondheim Review, where we often publish...
Emotional Connections
Starobin and Sondheim collaborate on music for King LearA few days before tickets went on sale for the few seats remaining for non-members eager to see Kevin Kline as King Lear at the Public Theater in February and March 2007, the ante was upped by the...
Everybody's Got the Right
Chicago's Porchlight Theatre takes its shot at AssassinsAnother Chicago production of Assassins would seem an unlikely cause for celebration. Since the 1993 Pegasus Players production that featured Broadway leading man Will Chase as the Balladeer and...
Everything Was Possible
London's Follies in concert: a stupendous entertainmentProducers Doug Pinchin and Richard Morris teamed up on Feb. 4, 2007, with leading U.K. director and choreographer Bill Deamer for their third Sondheim one-night charity production. They chose the...
Finnishing the Play
Translator Mikko Koivusalo makes Sondheim available to audiences in FinlandTranslating is a difficult and demanding task. In order to have a translation that sounds as close to the original as possible and conveys and retains as much of the spirit, wit...
Follies in Rehearsal
Editor's Note: An all-star cast was assembled in January for a one-night outing of Follies in Concert at London's Palladium Theatre. Brian Butler attended a rehearsal and offered this report for TSR.I had often wondered about the apartment at the top...
Found in an Intimate Woods
Found in an intimate WoodsSmall Sarasota venue requires inventive creative approachesREVIEW BY JAY HANDELMANWhen he was first asked to direct Into the Woods in a 99-seat black box theatre with no fly or wing space, Larry Alexander wasn't sure it could...
Four's "Company"
New cast recording captures the revival's fervent explosionHere's to the artists who have recorded Company. With the recent release of the Nonesuch/PS Classics recording of John Doyle's 21st-century Broadway production, fans can now claim four recordings...
Letters to the Editor
SEAN FLAHAVEN'S RESPONSE to the "Who is Stephen Sondheim's music publisher" letter to the editor (Spring 2007) was, surprisingly, not completely accurate. For decades, Carlin America and its subsidiary affiliates (and not Warner-Chappell) have been privileged...
Looking Back
City Center Follies lovingly, lavishly recreated an eraEarly in Follies, Heidi Schiller reminisces about the day when Franz Lehar wrote a song for her. Then she questions her own memory, "Or was it Oscar Straus? Facts never interest me. What matters...
Making a Splash
The Frogs provides a chance for Pittsburgh students to do a lesser-known workWhen musical theatre students train for professional careers, it's important to get to know works by Stephen Sondheim, says Scott Wise. A professional choreographer and director,...
Making the Point, Digitally
Making the point, digitallyQ Theatre presents first professional staging of Sunday down underREVIEW BY PATRICK CONLANThere have been quite a few productions of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George in Sydney, Australia, by semi-professional...
News & Notes
Compiled and edited by Rick Pender; additional contributions by Brian Butler and Janos Gereben, with other material drawn from Playbill.com, Broadway.com, BroadwayWorld.com, Theatre.com, TheaterMania.com, WhatsOnStage.com, zap2it.com, Variety, The Independent,...
Past and Present
Ziegfeld, The Follies, Follies and Encores! 2007On a July night 100 years ago, the Broadway impresario Florenz Ziegfeld presented an event at the Jardin de Paris called Follies of 1907. Inspired by his wife, the soprano Anna Held, he set about creating...
Putting Them Together
Putting them togetherFour re-mastered Sondheim cast recordings are released with bonus tracksREVIEW BY ANDREW MILNERThe Masterworks Broadway re-release of the original cast recordings of Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George,...
References for "I'm Still Here"
I've stuffed the dailies in my shoes: During the Depression, people who were too poor to buy new shoes often stuffed newspapers in their shoes to keep them insulated and to avoid contact with the pavement.Shanties: Temporary shelters made of scrap lumber...
Sexy, Sassy, Passionate, Sensual
Israeli performer translates an evening of Sondheim for Tel Aviv audiencesLike Mama Rose, Tsviki Levin "had a dream." And like Mama Rose, he was determined to realize it. Levin, 31, is an Israeli actor/singer who wows crowds at Tel Aviv's globally renowned...
Still Here
Appreciating the lasting allusions in Follies' song of survivalA highlight of any performer in musical theatre must be to introduce a new song, and for the lucky few, a new Sondheim song. The late Yvonne De Carlo (1922-2007) had that thrill in 1971 when...
Still Percolating
Compact Detroit Sweeney is in your faceAfter seeing Sweeney Todd at the Abreact Performance Space, I finally realized why Stephen Sondheim's very dark musical never feels as dark as it is. Sure, it's about vengeance exacted by killing people and grinding...
Sustaining Impact
British director offers his take on Hungarian productions of Sondheim's showsCulturally, Hungary was always the least repressed of the Soviet-bloc countries. Prior to the 1989 collapse of Communism, the capital Budapest had already staged Western shows...
Ten Blocks from Booth's Grave
Assassins' intimacy works in BaltimoreAfter the semi-hiatus following the 2001 terrorists attacks that made it a difficult piece to program, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Assassins is again finding space on many stages. With the 2004 Broadway revival...
The Ultimate Broadway Reality Show
A fan's reaction to Follies at Encores!For one weekend in February 2007, I immersed myself in Follies, seeing four of the six Encores! performances at City Center in Manhattan. I'm fascinated by this show, its potentially life-changing songs and story...
Undeniably Sondheimian
Undeniably SondheimianTacoma Symphony performed a January concert of music by Bernstein and SondheimREVIEWED BY JEFFREY KAUFFMANTacoma, Wash., has long labored to emerge from the cultural shadows cast not only by Seattle, its larger, hipper sister city...