The Sondheim Review

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 4, Summer

A Doctor in the House
Sondheim receives an honorary doctorate from the University of LondonAfter all the concerts, dedications and special productions to celebrate Stephen Sondheim's landmark birthday, it might have seemed that there was little left to do for him, especially...
A Master Class
Critics offer assessments of Finishing the Hat"A printed collection [of lyrics]," says Stephen Sondheim at the beginning of Finishing the Hat, "is a dubious proposition." Indeed: like making a musical out of the invasion of Japan by the west, or the...
Big Band, Big Voices
The New York Pops pays tribute to SondheimSitting in his sleek, stylish apartment high above New York City's Midtown West, Steven Reineke is on top of the world. The handsome and enterprising music director of the New York Pops Orchestra is just a heartbeat...
Bring Up the Curtain
University of Cincinnati students give Night Music a "mature" productionIn the fall of 2009, Steven Goldstein came to teach at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) as the Wallenbcrger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Theatre,...
Come to the Cabaret
Kimmel's "Kritzerland at the Gardenia" features Sondheim songsTucked into the corner of Santa Monica and La Brea boulevards in Los Angeles, where glitzy, gaudy Hollywood turns toward trendier West Hollywood, sits the Gardenia. The restaurant and lounge,...
Editor's Letter
WHILE THE SONDHEIM REVIEW'S ALL ABOUT STEPHEN SONDHEIM, he's not part of our operation. Of course, we communicate with him regularly, and we're always glad when he's willing to share his opinions, observations and concerns with us. We've been especially...
Fathers and Sons
A lavish stroll through the Hammerstein family historyThe axiom that an artist can learn more from failure than from success might suffice as wisdom or consolation, but it's useless as advice. What showbiz beginner, after all, actively seeks out the...
Fosca's Female Gaze
Audiences have been confused by Passion's reversal of typical gender rolesWhen Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion premiered in 1994, many reviews were ambivalent, praising the music and performances, but finding the presentation of Fosca and...
Gangs of New York
Touring cast members discuss what West Side Story means todayThe latest revival of West Side Story made headlines when book writer Arthur Laurents, seeking a more authentic expression of gang life in 1950s New York City, made directorial changes while...
Into the Follies
Four recordings offer a broad array of choicesStephen Sondheim's Follies opened four decades ago on April 4, 1971, at New York's Winter Garden Theatre. Given the original production's legendary reputation, Sondheim enthusiasts are understandably agog...
Lessons We All Need
TSR contributors offer thoughts on Finishing the HatWe invited contributors to the magazine to send an observation or anecdote about Stephen Sondheim's Finishing the Hat. Here's a sampling.Joe Marchese (New York City)In Finishing the Hat, Stephen Sondheim...
Letters to the Editor
If Raymond-Jean Frontain's essay on All Together Now (Spring 2011) does not make it clear, let me reiterate that the idea for the show was Stephen Sondheim's alone. The 50-odd pages of script that Mr. Frontain examined in my archives at the University...
My Role in a Sondheim Flop
Abigail Pogrebin played a role in Merrily We Role AlongIn 1981 I was in one of Stephen Sondheim's only flops, Merrily We Roll Along. We opened on Nov. 16, 1981, and closed 10 days later after just 16 performances.Though Sondheim's score emerged deservedly...
News & Notes
Those beautiful girls. The big Sondheim news for the immediate future is the much-anticipated upcoming production of Follies at the Kennedy Center's 1,100-seat Eisenhower Theater, direeted by Eric Schaeffer. Based on an expectation of considerable audience...
On Broadway
From down under to stateside, David Campbell is a musical theatre starThe transforming scene in David Campbell's eventful career happened in 1995, when Barbara Cook was touring Australia. She gave a master class in Melbourne before an audience of 1,500....
Portrait of the Artist
In print, as onstage, Patti LuPone is larger than lifeTo be fair, I should start by admitting a bias - I'm a big fan of Patti LuPone, the two-time Tony Award-winning star of Evita, Anything Goes and, most relevant to Stephen Sondheim fans, the recent...
Sondheim on Film and Video
Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods and PassionStephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods and Passion were each preserved on videotape in their original Broadway production and are available on DVD from Image Entertainment....
Sondheim's Little Deaths
The ironic mode and its discontentsHow is it you sing anything?How is it you sing?-Sweeney ToddMusicals celebrate two things: abundance and vindictive triumph. Tall tales of the urban middle class, musicals revel in the spectacle of material well-being....
The Evolution of Follies
In a 1996 interview, Sondheim discussed two versions of the showA reprise from the Fall 1996 issue of The Sondheim ReviewFollies opened to a drum roll - "soft tympani, like thunder from a long time ago," as James Goldman described it in the published...
The Marginal Shall Inherit the Earth
Ohio production of Assassins is a reminder that the show is all too relevantThe Lakeland Civic Theatre scheduled its production of Assassins long before a gunman tried to kill Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at a Safeway supermarket near Tucson...
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