Friday, October 23, 2009
Stephen Sondheim continues his series of on-stage conversations about his life and career, following last year's inaugural event with Frank Rich in San Francisco, which the San Francisco Chronicle called "a dazzling evening." Sondheim spoke with that paper and the Houston Chronicle in advance of coming events in those areas, and says humbly: "You keep writing what you like and you hope other people will like it."
Wednesday, September 23, 2009The cast recording of Stephen Sondheim's Road Show was released this summer. Sondheim and the writer of the show's book, John Weidman, discuss the work on KCRW's Bookworm Thursday afternoon. Host Michael Silverblatt tells the Los Angeles Times that Road Show "is, and will be, the classical American musical. It will be on the special list of things that shape America, the way Americans look at themselves."
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Nonesuch Records and PS Classics are proud to announce the release of the original cast recording of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show—from 2008's Public Theater production featuring Alexander Gemignani and Michael Cerveris—on June 30, 2009. New York magazine described the musical as "a boisterous picaresque about two brothers flimflamming their way from the Yukon to Boca Raton at the turn of the 20th century." Road Show was directed by John Doyle, the score conducted by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick, and was produced by Tommy Krasker.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Stephen Sondheim is the subject of a profile in Time magazine, which suggests that there won't be another like him any time soon, "not because high-brow musical theater is dead, but because the old Sondheim keeps on being new." The article looks at new productions of the composer's works as well as new works from Sondheim, like Road Show, to explain his enduring power. Director Trevor Nunn compares Sondheim to Shakespeare. "As with Shakespeare," he tells Time, "there's heightened poetic expression in Sondheim, but when you dig into it, you find it's in touch with something real." Time concludes: "He occupies a place in the pantheon not of musical theater, but of theater itself."
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Signature Theatre Inaugurates Sondheim Award; Times (UK) Talks to the 20th-Century Musical "Colossus"
Stephen Sondheim, in London recently for Trevor Nunn's revival of A Little Night Music, sat down for a revealing interview with The Times, which calls him "a one-off all right, a Colossus bestriding the second half of the 20th century." The composer was celebrated last night at a Washington, DC, gala concert, starring Bernadette Peters and Michael Cerveris, to benefit the Signature Theatre and inaugurate its Sondheim Award.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Audra McDonald will be among Broadway's finest at New York's Roseland Ballroom tonight for the Roundabout Theatre Company's Spring Gala, Take Me Back to Manhattan, a one-night-only celebration of the New York's big-band era. The performance, which benefits the Roundabout's Musical Theatre Fund, features music by Rodgers, Porter, Arlen, Berlin, Ellington, and Gershwin. Tonight's event will be hosted by Nathan Lane and is also scheduled to include performances by Michael Cerveris, Kelli O'Hara, Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Mario Cantone, Jane Krakowski, Cynthia Nixon, Denis O'Hare, Martha Plimpton.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
The Grammy nominations are in, and a big congratulations goes out to the many Nonesuch artists whose work has been recognized by the Recording Academy, the organization behind the awards. Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Ry Cooder, Emmylou Harris, Toumani Diabaté, Youssou N'Dour, Stephen Sondheim, Jonny Greenwood, and Isabel Bayrakdarian were all recognized for their recent Nonesuch releases, as were producers Danger Mouse and Judith Sherman for their work on Nonesuch albums this year.
Monday, April 14, 2008
The national touring company of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, based on the 2006 Tony Award-winning John Doyle-directed production starring Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris, has won five awards from the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE): Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Lauren Molina), Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Ben Magnuson), Best Actress in a Musical (Judy Kaye), Best Musical Director (David Loud), and Best Visiting Production. The awards were announced yesterday at the Boston Center for the Arts. For more information, visit stagesource.com.
Monday, April 7, 2008
New York magazine is celebrating its 40th year with a special anniversary issue. In it, the magazine's culture critics give their take on the most essential New York works of art since the publication's inception, creating "The New York Canon: 1968-2008."
Thursday, April 3, 2008
The Magnetic Fields' Distortion tour may have come to a close, but that just means more time for Stephin Merritt to share another of his many talents: DJing. He stopped by the KCRW studios in his newly adopted hometown of Los Angeles this past Sunday to play guest DJ on Gary Calamar's late-night show.