Tag Archives: Stephen Sondheim

Hey, Old Friend

I know Merrily We Roll Along from its original 1981 cast album. That recording immortalized Merrily’s 16 brief performances before Franklin Shepard and friends closed up shop. Like a few Sondheim shows that came before (looking at you, Anyone Can Whistle), that recording was so important for giving Merrily a life past its initial failure.

Art Isn’t Easy

Hello, George. Where did you go, George?

Seeing Sunday in the Park with George, and listening to the score, has always been an emotional experience for me. Before our eyes, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical turns an impressionist Georges Seurat painting into a rich canvas of overlapping lives.

“And There’s Many a Tryst, and There’s Many a Bed”

THEATER REVIEW: A Little Night Music Huntington Theater, Boston, October 2, 2015 Sometimes a seasoned dish is best prepared traditionally. Director Peter DuBois handles Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s A Little Night Music with good taste, and doesn’t veer far from its original footprint. The second act, with lovers rushing through the trees of Madame […]

INTO THE WOODS

“Into the woods without regret, The choice is made, the task is set…” Stephen Sondheim’s found mixed fortune at the movies. Half his score to A Funny Thing… vanished on the way to the forum. Few in Sweeney Todd (enjoyable though it is) could carry a tune, and Elizabeth Taylor flounders through A Little Night Music without any help. So Into the Woods — musically and dramatically — […]

ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME

NOW AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX Here she is, boys. Chiemi Karasawa’s new documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me makes an appealing companion piece to …At Liberty, Stritch’s one-woman show filmed in 2001. We hear hints of the stories she told then in Shoot Me, including leaving Ben Gazzara for Rock Hudson in the fifties. (“And we all know what a […]