SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Conceived and directed on Broadway by James Lapine
An intimate look at the Father of the Modern Musical featuring new arrangements of his most beloved work
“Is Stephen Sondheim God? And the answer, for those of us for whom musicals are truly a religion, is – now as then – yes. Or to use the language of the common folk, ‘Well, duh.’”-Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Who wouldn’t want to spend an evening with Broadway’s musical-theater Shakespeare discussing his work and dishing about his experiences?”
“Engrossingly entertaining and thoroughly captivating. An enchanting, warm and provocative opportunity to hear not only Sondheim’s songs but, literally, the master’s voice.”
-Steven Suskin, Variety
Directed by JOANNA MAY CULLINAN
Music directed by JORDAN COOPER
Hailed as a "revelatory revue full of wonderful moments" and a "funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater’s greatest living composer and lyricist," Sondheim on Sondheim is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words... and music. Through the use of exclusive interview footage, audiences get an inside look at the personal life and artistic process of famed composer, Stephen Sondheim. The stories he tells are from his childhood and from his time working on various shows; some of the stories illuminate the method behind his craft and give insight into the origin of iconic musical theater moments.
Ranging from the beloved to the obscure, the carefully selected two-dozen songs hang from a framework of in-depth video interviews, delving into Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process.
Far from the typical song cycle, the incomparable James Lapine brilliantly curated a collection of songs that have been masterfully arranged by David Loud from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Saturday Night, West Side Story, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Passion, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Bounce, Assassins, Gypsy, Anyone Can Whistle.
Sondheim on Sondheim was produced by The Roundabout Theatre Company, opening April 22, 2010 at Studio 54. It was directed by James Lapine and closed June 27, 2010.
Stephen Sondheim is one of the most highly regarded composer/lyricists in musical theater history. He was a protégé of Oscar Hammerstein II, who is often referred to as the father of the modern musical. Along with director/producer Harold Prince, Sondheim is credited with creating the concept musical, starting with Company. With James Lapine, the conceiver and director of Sondheim on Sondheim, he has written several shows including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sunday in the Park with George. Sondheim has also won an Academy Award for Best Song, eight Grammy Awards, and eight Tony Awards. Sondheim on Sondheim was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in Outstanding Musical Revue in 2010.
Sondheim has won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Academy Award for Best Song, eight Grammy Awards, and eight Tony Awards.