Follies

I attended the annual TEDxBroadway conference this week in New York City. It’s a gathering of industry insiders and theater fans who come together for one day to dream big about “The Best That Broadway Can Be.” One of the highlights was a great speech by Thomas Schumacher, who leads Disney Theatricals. He was feeling [...]

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Thirty-one years ago this week, Broadway saw the last of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. Granted, the then-new 1981 Stephen Sondheim musical had a hard act to follow: SWEENEY TODD, the 1979 musical (or opera, if you insist) that most everyone agrees is the composer-lyricist’s masterpiece. So MERRILY closed – after 16 performances. While word-of-mouth during [...]

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As has been the case with thousands of musicals before it, MARRY ME A LITTLE starts with an overture. Or does it? Our program tells us that this new Keen Company production with recycled Stephen Sondheim songs is a two-character musical. We’ll meet Him and Her, as they were solely named by Craig Lucas and [...]

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You’ve produced every one of the musicals that Stephen Sondheim has written. As a result, you’ve educated your audiences to know what to expect from the 20th century’s greatest musical theater composer-lyricist: the unexpected. YOU'RE GONNA LOVE TOMORROW is a good piece for you to do if theaters in neighboring towns have recently done SIDE [...]

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MTI CEO Freddie Gershon, and wife Myrna, have partnered with the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to create and fund a grant program to reward outstanding teachers in honor of their friend, composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.  According to the Washington Examiner, “The Kennedy Center-Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards announced Tuesday will award $10,000 grants [...]

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This is the sixth in a series of articles analyzing the works of Stephen Sondheim, in preparation for his 80th birthday. Towards the end of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s legendary musical FOLLIES, any trace of a linear narrative falls away, replaced by thematic performance numbers that express the truths the show’s four main characters [...]

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Life was fun, but oh so intense, Everything was possible, and nothing made sense. Few places embody these lines more than a university, as University of the Arts in Philadelphia demonstrated in late October with its concert presentation of FOLLIES.  The Ira Brind School of Theater Arts quickly settled on the Stephen Sondheim/James Goldman show [...]

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