Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Stephen Sondheim's latest musical, Road Show, begins a six-week run at the Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, Texas, tonight, marking its first regional theatre production. The Guardian has described Road Show as "an intimate epic that, while giving enormous pleasure, aspires to be nothing less than a state-of-the-nation musical." Variety calls it "an alluring odyssey ... [N]obody who cares about musical theater should miss it." Nonesuch Records and PS Classics released the original cast recording of Road Show in 2009.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” Opens in London’s West End: “An Absolute Bleedin' Triumph” (Times, Five Stars)
Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd opened at London's Adelphi Theatre last night, a West End transfer of the acclaimed Chichester Festival production, directed by Jonathan Kent. The production, starring Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball, opened to rave reviews, earning five stars from the Guardian, which calls it "a superb achievement," and the Times of London, which calls it "an absolute bleedin' triumph." The Daily Telegraph says Sweeney Todd is "Stephen Sondheim’s best show and one of the greatest musicals of all time." Earlier this month in London, Sondheim was awarded the Critics' Circle Award for Distinguished Services to the Arts.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Stephen Sondheim is due to receive the Handel Medallion, New York City's highest award for achievement in the arts, from Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a ceremony for the Mayor's Awards for Arts & Culture held this evening at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Sondheim is due to receive the 2011 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement in an event at the Chicago Humanities Festival this weekend. His second book of collected lyrics, Look, I Made a Hat, is due out later this month.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Stephen Sondheim to Receive Chicago Tribune Literary Prize; Sondheim Research Collection Established at Marquette University
Stephen Sondheim has been named the recipient of the 2011 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement and will accept the award at the Chicago Humanities Festival in November. "'Writing' seems an inadequate word to describe what Stephen Sondheim has done," suggests the Tribune, "yet it is the breadth, impact and influence of his writing that have won him" the award. Marquette University has established the Stephen Sondheim Research Collection after acquiring a vast collection of materials relating to his works from a co-founder of The Sondheim Review.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Stephen Sondheim's "Road Show" Earns Four Stars in Financial Times: "A Musical with a Twinkle in Its Eye"
Stephen Sondheim's Road Show continues its run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, following last week's opening and the musical's European premiere. The production garners four stars from the Financial Times, which praises director John Doyle's "nimble, sassy staging" of Road Show, "a musical with a twinkle in its eye. Sondheim deploys the same vaudevillian flair he brought to Assassins." The Independent on Sunday calls Road Show "a polished new sparkler in the Sondheim treasury."
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Stephen Sondheim's "Road Show" Earns Four Stars from the Guardian, Independent, Evening Standard: "Vintage Sondheim"
Stephen Sondheim's Road Show received its European premiere at London's Menier Chocolate Factory last night, earning four stars across the board from The Guardian, The Independent, and the Evening Standard. The Guardian says it is "lyrically witty, musically rich and has the sardonic satirical appeal of the Sondheim-Weidman Assassins ... full of vintage Sondheim." The Independent says it "has terrific drive, bite and buoyancy." The Evening Standard says it's "performed with sparkle." The Stage finds that its "rich, varied and tuneful score is as audacious and complex as any Sondheim has ever written."
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Stephen Sondheim's latest musical, Road Show, receives its European premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London tonight. This production is directed and designed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, who also directed the original production of Road Show at New York's Public Theater in 2008, which New York called “a boisterous picaresque about two brothers flimflamming their way from the Yukon to Boca Raton at the turn of the 20th century.”
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Stephen Sondheim's Company, as performed by the New York Philharmonic and a star-studded cast including Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks, Patti LuPone, and Martha Plimpton, will be shown in movie theaters across North America today, with encore screenings to follow. Watch a video preview here. Colbert discussed the production on NPR's Fresh Air. Nonesuch released the cast recording of the most recent Broadway revival of Company in 2007.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Stephen Sondheim spoke with playwright Tony Kushner at New York's Public Theater last fall, upon the publication of Finishing the Hat, Sondheim's first-ever collected lyrics. The evening, part of the Public Theater's Public Form discussion series, was hosted by NEA chairman Rocco Landesman. You can now watch excerpts from the event in a new video from the Public, posted here. Sondheim will receive the Olivier Special Award in London this Sunday.
Monday, March 7, 2011
The Society of London Theatre has announced that Stephen Sondheim will be the recipient of the Olivier Special Award 2011. He will accept the Award in person, given in recognition of his contribution to London theatre, at the Olivier Awards this Sunday, March 13, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The Awards ceremony will conclude with a tribute to Sondheim. The whole evening will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2; there will be live televised coverage via the BBC’s Red Button.