Magazine article The Sondheim Review

48 Hours

Magazine article The Sondheim Review

48 Hours

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I called Bobbie Steinbach on June 16, 2008, following her Boston Pops debut to congratulate her and ask how it came about. I first saw her onstage 10 summers ago as a memorable Madame Armfeldt at Boston's Publick Theatre, but we got to know each other during Overture Productions' Follies in Concert in 2003. (She reprises the role of Carlotta at Lyric Stage Company in Boston this fall.) Her versatility and valued place in the Boston theatre community is best illustrated by the range of her work last season: Duncan, the Porter and a Witch in an all-female production of Macbeth, Ana in The Clean House and Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest.

Steinbach's involvement with the Boston Pops' A Little Night Music began when Dennis Alves, the director of artistic planning, left a message for her around 4 p.m. on June 10. That evening, her availability for the Boston performances (June 12-14) and Tanglewood (July 8) was confirmed and arrangements made for her to join the cast as Madame Armfeldt the next morning.

An hour before the rest of the company's 10 a.m. call on June 11, she went over her material with music director Larry Goldberg, who she says was "supportive and wonderful. …

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