Magazine article The Sondheim Review

Editor's Letter

Magazine article The Sondheim Review

Editor's Letter

Article excerpt

STEPHEN SONDHEIM HAS A LOT TO SAY THESE DAYS. Before his 75th birthday, he was notoriously shy about public appearances, but the attention he received in 2005 seems to have opened him up. Recently, he's been providing insights about new interpretations of his works and reminiscing about past productions on a regular basis. The Sondheim Review is glad for his openness and eager to share what he's been saying with readers who might not otherwise have access.

In this issue you can read a lengthy conversation he had with another musical theatre composer, Craig Carnelia. (See page 15; TSR is grateful to Carnelia and The Dramatist for permission to reprint this fascinating discussion.) We also dispatched three TSR writers to West Coast onstage appearances by Sondheim in March 2008, with and without former New York Times theatre critic Frank Rich. Robert Sokol (San Francisco), Ken Kwartler (Portland) and Terri Roberts (Los Angeles) each filed reports that reflect the varied and wide-ranging conversations between Sondheim and Rich. (See page 22.) A similar series of appearances by the pair is being assembled for early 2009 on the East Coast. Additionally, Sondheim will be inerviewed onstage by TSR associate editor Sean Patrick Flahaven in Boston in October 2008 and in Palm Beach, Fla. …

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