Monday, August 16, 2010
Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday has been celebrated in many ways, including concerts with renowned interpreters of the composer's music, like Bernadette Peters, who taks to the Sunday New York Times about her new role in A Little Night Music. Times critic Anthony Tommasini offers own birthday wishes to the composer in a video featuring the writer at the piano performing and discussing some of his favorite Sondheim musical moments. After one such piece, he says: "It's that kind of detail that makes Stephen Sondheim so important to musicians and composers, but it is also what makes the show so rich and meaningful, and why he is so beloved by so many people, including me."
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Bernadatte Peters recently took over the role of Desirée Armfeldt in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music from actress Catherine Zeta Jones, who is featured on Nonesuch's recording of the work. Peters' rendition of the famous "Send in the Clowns," perhaps the composer's best-known song, was recently praised by New York Times writer Charles Isherwood, leading the Los Angeles Times arts blog, Culture Monster, to take a look, via YouTube, at other famous versions of this popular song.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Stephen Sondheim celebrated his 80th birthday in March in a Lincoln Center concert that will be broadcast on PBS this fall. The festivities continue this weekend as Sondheim is the focus of two concerts on the same day, nearly 4,000 miles apart: at the Ravinia Festival Pavilion outside Chicago and at London's Royal Albert Hall for BBC Proms Saturday night. Sondheim is the BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week.
Monday, July 26, 2010
NY Times Looks at Iconic Role in Sondheim's "A Little Night Music"; BBC Proms to Celebrate Composer at 80
With Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music back on Broadway, and the legendary Elaine Stritch having joined the cast as Madame Armfeldt, the New York Times looks at the women to have taken on the iconic role; the Times also profiles the small London theater where this revival began. The San Jose Mercury News calls the cast album "extra-clear and intimate." The BBC Proms celebrates Sondheim's music this Saturday; The Times of London calls him "the man who has revolutionised the musical ... sardonic, jaded—and touched with genius."
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
SF Chronicle: "Wild Applause" for Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" New Cast Album—"A Treasure"
Performances of the Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music resume on Broadway, with Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch taking on the roles originated in the revival by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury. The San Francisco Chronicle describes the play as "an irresistible waltz through some of Sondheim's most memorably melodic songs" and gives "wild applause" to the cast album featuring Zeta-Jones and Lansbury, calling it "a treasure."
Monday, June 14, 2010
Congratulations to Catherine Zeta-Jones, winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music; she performed the musical's most famous song, "Send in the Clowns," at last night's awards ceremony. The Welsh-born actress was also named CBE by Queen Elizabeth II on the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Cast of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" Up for Four Tony Awards, Perform at Sunday's Ceremony on CBS
Tune in to the Tony Awards ceremony, airing live on Sunday, June 13, at 8 PM ET on CBS, for a performance from the cast of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, which has been nominated for four Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Catherine Zeta-Jones, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for Angela Lansbury, and Best Sound Design of a Musical.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Congratulations to A Little Night Music, the recipient of four Tony Award nominations. The Broadway revival of the Stephen Sondheim / Hugh Wheeler musical has been nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Catherine Zeta-Jones, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for Angela Lansbury, and Best Sound Design of a Musical. It has also been nominated for three Drama Desk Awards and three Outer Critics Circle Awards.
Monday, April 26, 2010
New York City Center Gala Honors Stephen Sondheim; "A Little Night Music" Nominated for Three Outer Critics Circle Awards
The celebrations of Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday continue with tonight's New York City Center Gala honoring the composer, featuring the stars of A Little Night Music—just nominated for three Outer Critics Circle Awards—along with a host of performers who, collectively, have appeared in over 75 Sondheim shows. John Doyle directs. The benefit will help fund New York City Center’s artistic and education programs and Young Playwrights Inc.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The world has been celebrating Stephen Sondheim's recent 80th birthday in style all month and will continue to do so with upcoming events at New York City Center and Ravinia. Today, NPR's Fresh Air celebrates by talking with the composer about his great body of work, his musical influences, his writing process, and much more.