Magazine article The Sondheim Review

Editor's Letter

Magazine article The Sondheim Review

Editor's Letter

Article excerpt

I LIVE IN CINCINNATI, A MIDWESTERN CITY with a pleasant theatre scene, including an outstanding regional theatre, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and an excellent theatre training program, the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. (CCM established the first musical theatre major at any university more than 40 years ago.) Bottom line: I see a disproportionate amount of good work onstage. But I recently experienced a true harmonic convergence, a veritable musical theatre nirvana.

In early March, I had within easy reach three productions of works by Sondheim. The touring production of West Side Story staged by late Arthur Laurents had a two-week run at our performing arts center. At CCM was a production of Into the Woods directed by Aubrey Berg, which marked the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the university's endowed chair in musical theatre (held by Berg); in 1991, its creation was celebrated with the same work, staged by Berg in one of his earliest CCM productions. Meanwhile, Tony Award winner John Doyle's authences were enjoying Merrily We Roll Along at the Cincinnati Playhouse, where it became the eighth Sondheim show to be presented over the past two decades. …

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