The Sondheim Review

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 3, Spring

Ahead of His Time
Eric Schaeffer "whistles" for an evening at SignatureAfter 19 years and 18 Stephen Sondheim musical productions, Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va., and its artistic director, Eric Schaeffer finally got around to Anyone Can Whistle, the fare on Oct....
Artfully Crafted
Intimate Follies in Boston is a lovely homageDirector Spiro Veloudos called his production of Follies at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston (Sept. 5-Oct. 11, 2008) "the largest and most complicated in the history of the company." It was an artfully crafted...
Cultural Explorations
Pastiche, mimicry and postcolonial critique in Pacific OverturesStephen Sondheim has described the process by which he, John Weidman and Harold Prince conceived their 1976 musical Pacific Overtures as follows: "What we actually did was to create a mythical...
Editor's Letter
A LOT OF PEOPLE CONTRIBUTE TO EACH ISSUE OF THE SONDHEIM REVIEW. Most of our publications feature the work of nearly two dozen writers. What's more, multiple pairs of editorial eyes scrutinize the words those writers submit to ensure they reach you with...
Everything's Coming Up Rose
Merman set the mold, but others have bloomedMark Steyn is one of many scholars and enthusiasts who call Gypsy "the greatest of all Broadway musicals." New York Times critic Frank Rich simply named it his "favorite." Today, Gypsy is widely accepted as...
Ghosts of Sweeney Todd
Hauntings on stage and screenShortly before the release of Tim Burton's film of Sweeney Todd (Dec. 21, 2007), Stephen Sondheim was quoted in The New York Times cautioning audiences, "I'm hoping people will just forget what they know and enjoy the movie...
Hey, Old Friend
Remembering George FurthAfter the passing of Sondheim's collaborator George Furth on Aug. 11, 2008, Warren Beatty offered an appropriate epitaph: "I've never known anybody with more genuine friendships." That I can consider myself one of George Furth's...
History Lesson
A reference guide to Merrily's "Bobby and Jackie and Jack"One of the most remarkable songs in Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along is "Bobby and Jackie and Jack," the send-up of the Kennedy family performed by the young Charley,...
Hollow Man
Tennessee Rep's intimate Sweeney felt like it was just writtenJust as there's no place like London, there's no show like Sweeney Todd. A happy reminder was recently provided by Tennessee Repertory Theatre when it staged a critically acclaimed and sold-out...
Letters to the Editor
IN HER ZEAL TO PROVE A QUESTIONABLE THESIS - that "queer sidekicks" crop up in a bunch of musicals (see "The universe shakes" in TSR's Fall 2008 issue) - Janet Hardy comes up with some notions that are queer indeed. Ado Annie and Will Parker in Oklahoma!...
News & Notes
Isn't it rich? New York City's Roundabout Theatre Company will present a one-night-only gala concert reading of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's A Little Night Music on Jan. 12, 2009, at the Nokia Theatre Times Square (1515 Broadway at 44th Street)....
Old Erotic Waltz
Wintry summer light and frivolous sadness are missing from Night Music in ConnecticutTheatreWorks, based in New Milford, Conn., performs in a small, converted church building, which every autumn raises its black-and-white steeple above a glorious display...
One of Those Moments
Boston stage veterans discuss performing SondheimThe Lyric Stage Company of Boston's production of Follies, directed by Spiro Velodous, was a celebration of the many talented women who grace the local Boston musical stages. Over the past 12 years almost...
Resonating with Audiences
Four-CD set surveys Sondheim's artistic output"Sure, he's a genius, that's easy to say," Nathan Lane writes in the liner notes to Stephen Sondheim: The Story So Far. "Although it's thrown around an awful lot, certain people unequivocally deserve it,...
Revisiting Night Music
For Scott Ellis, it gets richer every timeThe initial cast announcement for a one-night only concert reading of A Little Night Music was a dream come true for Sondheim fans - at least those who live in or near New York City and could afford tickets....
Road Show Engagement
One woman's view of the "new" Sondheim productionAt times, Colleen Fitzpatrick is perched 13 feet above the stage on "the Wall," as she calls the collection of multi-function crates and boxes that make up the set of Road Show. She has a bird's-eye view...
Shifting Tones and Rhythms
Sarasota Company has musical energyAs one of the first so-called concept musicals to gain wide popularity, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company has been open to wide and varied interpretation, from the tradition established by the original Harold...
Sondheim and Rich Go to College
As if it weren't enough of a pleasure to have the ongoing opportunity to serve as The Sondheim Review's managing editor, I experienced a harmonic convergence of several aspects of my life when Stephen Sondheim and Frank Rich of The New York Times came...
Sorry-Grateful
How Company demonstrates ambivalenceIn the opening line of his review of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's new musical on May 11, 1970, Harold Clurman wrote, "Company is sharp." He was referring to the show's topical nature, concerning the theme of...
Swept Away
Broadway by the Bay offered revelations about WoodsMy expectations for the production of Into the Woods offered by Broadway by the Bay of San Mateo, Calif., (Sept. 18-Oct. 5, 2008) were not high. Although the organization is in its 43rd season, I wasn't...
The Most Beautiful Sound
A look at the evolution of West Side Story's musicThe Library of Congress's West Side Story concert on Oct. 15, 2007, was, in the words of scriptwriter Mark Eden Horowitz, about "what might have been, what almost was, what thankfully wasn't and what...
Traditional and Quick
Into the Woods in Cleveland lacked a dose of heartIt is no exaggeration to say that the opening of the Great Lakes Theater Festival's 47th season oozed witchcraft. The Cleveland troupe's offerings during the 2008 fall season were Shakespeare's Macbeth...
Waiting for the Girls
Shaw Festival's Follies sounds good, but it was incompleteThough well worth the wait, Canada's first professional production of Follies (albeit in concert form) was a long time coming. When the original production began its post-Broadway tour in 1972,...

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