Tag Archives | Stephen Sondheim

Interview – Carly Bawden and Simon Lipkin on Sondheim’s Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory

When asked to name his favourite self-penned musical, Stephen Sondheim’s response, if he deigns to answer such a trite question, is often Assassins, the show he wrote with book writer John Weidman. “I wouldn’t change a thing,” he says of this 1990 revue-style musical about the people who’ve made attempts on the lives of American […]

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Philip Quast joins Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel in cast of Sweeney Todd at ENO

Philip Quast will play Judge Turpin, joining the previously announced Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett, in Lonny Price’s production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller at ENO’s London Coliseum (30 March to 12 April 2015). Further tickets have also been released for the first production in a major new long […]

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Into the Woods – Performance Preparation Academy

Into the Woods was performed by Performance Preparation Academy’s Musical Theatre Diploma third-year students at Bellerby Studio Theatre, Guildford. After the contemporary Into the Woods at the Rose & Crown in Walthamstow, it is back to the traditional version of the great Stephen Sondheim musical (book by James Lapine) and a seriously good one directed by Performance Preparation […]

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Sweeney Todd – Harrington’s pie-and-mash shop, Tooting

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street continues at Harrington’s pie-and-mash shop in Tooting, London, until 29 November. What a remarkable evening – Stephen’s Sondheim’s masterpiece Sweeney Todd in a pie shop in Tooting. Something to tell the grandchildren, a one-off never to be forgotten. Totally brilliant too. Not only a brilliant piece of PR by the Tooting […]

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Gypsy – Chichester Festival Theatre

Gypsy continues at the Chichester Festival Theatre until 8 November. Gypsy is considered to be the best showbiz musical of all time and this production proves it. The news that Imelda Staunton was to be reunited with Jonathan Kent, who directed her in Sweeney Todd, created quite a buzz and raised very high expectations. Those expectations are well […]

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Interview – Gregg Edelman on his Broadway State of Mind

Gregg Edelman returns to The Crazy Coqs cabaret room from 21 October in his one-man show A Broadway State of Mind, which reflects his own career in musical theatre. A four-time Tony Award nominee, Edelman has enjoyed a successful 30-year career in theatre, television and film. The actor and singer has starred in a string of Broadway shows from Cats to Anything […]

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Twickenham Theatre to close only days after Sweeney Todd success

London’s newest fringe space, the Twickenham Theatre, is closing after staging its acclaimed revival of the Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler musical Sweeney Todd. The production played its final sold-out performance of an extended opening season just yesterday at the 100-seat theatre in west London. Today, executive director, West End producer Tony Green, has just two days […]

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Into the Woods – Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

Into the Woods continues at continues at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London until 31 October. All Star Productions – housed above Ye Olde Rose & Crown pub in Walthamstow, London – proves that fairytales are timeless by re-locating Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods to modern day Britain, complete with a cocaine-snorting […]

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Broadway actor Aaron Tveit joins cast of Assassins at Menier Chocolate Factory

Broadway actor Aaron Tveit makes his UK stage debut in Jamie Lloyd’s major revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins as part of the Menier Chocolate Factory’s ten-year anniversary season. He joins the already announced line-up of Carly Bawden, Simon Lipkin, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman, David Roberts and Catherine Tate, as do Stewart Clarke, Harry Morrison and Jamie Parker. The production opens on 1 December 2014, with previews from 21 November, and runs […]

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Broadway and Off-Broadway season – we preview what’s ahead

Ron Cohen writes: It’s almost autumn in New York but the thrill of first-nighting (as Vernon Duke expressed it in his classic song) won’t be felt on Broadway – at least as far as musicals are concerned – until mid-October when the first one of the fall opens, a revival of the enduring 1944 landmark On the Town. […]

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Twickenham Theatre

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street continues at Twickenham Theatre, London until 4 October. First of all, a huge welcome to Twickenham Theatre, a new fringe venture ten miles from central London, easily accessible from Waterloo by train (only a minute’s walk from the station), and off to a spectacular, blood-curdling start with Stephen […]

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Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel star in Sweeney Todd at ENO

Lonny Price will direct Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller, the first production in a major new long term partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company. The strictly limited run of 13 performances at ENO’s London Coliseum begins on 30 March 2015 with press night on 31 March and the final performance […]

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Interview – David Bedella is Sweeney Todd at Twickenham Theatre

New theatres seem to be opening at a rate of knots. Recent times have seen the St James at Victoria, The Park in Finsbury Park and now the Twickenham Theatre which opened this week with Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Playing the title role is David Bedella, who’s no stranger to Sondheim, with past credits […]

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Assassins at the Menier – Catherine Tate and Mike McShane star

Carly Bawden, Simon Lipkin, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman, David Roberts and Catherine Tate have been cast in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins, directed by Jamie Lloyd, at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 21 November 2014 to 7 March 2015 (press night is 1 December). Public booking opens today (Monday 8 September). Thirteen people have tried to kill the president of the United States. Four have succeeded. […]

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Tooting Arts Club stages Sweeney Todd in London’s oldest pie shop

Tooting Arts Club is planning an intimate staging of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd in London’s oldest pie and mash shop from 21 October to 29 November (press night is 27 October). Audiences will be invited to congregate at Anton’s barber shop across the road before being shown through to Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop (originally opened […]

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Sweeney Todd – new images of David Bedella and Sarah Ingram in Twickenham Theatre production

New images have been released of Olivier Award winner David Bedella as razor-wielding Sweeney Todd and Sarah Ingram as his pie-making partner in crime, Mrs Lovett, in an intimate new production of the Tony Award and Olivier Award-winning musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with music […]

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Marry Me a Little returns to St James Studio for extra week

Following a critically acclaimed sell-out run in August, Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little will return to St James Studio, London for an extra week of performances from 6–11 October 2014. Marry Me a Little pieces together a selection of songs by Stephen Sondheim to tell a tale of love, loneliness and survival as a modern singleton. […]

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Sweeney Todd – Château d’Hardelot, France

Sweeney Todd was performed at the Château d’Hardelot (in the quiet village of Condette in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France). Following the Stephen Sondheim cycle at Paris’ Theatre du Châtelet that gave us a full-scale Sweeney Todd two years ago, complete with symphonic orchestra and a large cast, we have been treated to a chamber version set in a contemporary world. […]

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Marry Me a Little – St James Studio Theatre

Marry Me a Little continues at the St James Studio Theatre, London until 10 August. The chemistry between extravagantly talented Laura Pitt-Pulford and the perfectly-pitched Simon Bailey in this slight but charming two-hander turns a reed-thin storyline of New York love and loss, ecstasy and regret, into a hypnotic Sondheim hour that passes all too quickly. […]

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The Ladies Who Lunch – The Pheasantry

The Ladies Who Lunch: A Celebration of Sondheim’s Women was performed at The Pheasantry, London. It’s hard to think of any composer who writes better songs, funny or sad, for the opposite sex than Stephen Sondheim and that view was strengthened when 22 of his best were given the full treatment by the talented quartette of Katy Secombe, Rebecca Caine, […]

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Brush Up Your Sondheim – Royal Academy of Music

Craig Glenday writes… Brush Up Your Sondheim was a two-day Sondheim seminar organised by the Stephen Sondheim Society at the Royal Academy of Music. The event served up a smorgasbord of academic research, recitals, workshops and chat in celebration of Broadway’s greatest living composer/lyricist. Is it possible to spend two whole days discussing the work of Stephen […]

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Sondheim Society invites you to Brush Up Your Sondheim – with Sondheim

Following its success in 2012, the biennial Stephen Sondheim Society event Brush Up Your Sondheim returns with even more activities for participants to enjoy this year, including a Q&A session with the great man himself via a live video link from New York in real time. During this coming weekend (26-27 July) at the Royal Academy […]

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Other Broadway Love Stories – LEO, Vienna

Other Broadway Love Stories at LEO, Vienna. Robert Chionis (Jekyll & Hyde, Surviving Love) and Lenneke Willemsen (Elisabeth, Tanz der Vampire) presented an evening of songs, as the title suggests, by a selection of composers – including Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Michael John LaChiusa and William Finn – whose work is rarely seen in Austria. The format was […]

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GOD, a Musical Celebration and Parody of Sondheim – London Theatre Workshop

GOD, a Musical Celebration and Parody of Stephen Sondheim at the London Theatre Workshop, Fulham continues until 12 July. We’ve had a glut of Sondheim compilation shows recently – Just Another Love Story at the same London Theatre Workshop venue as this affectionate homage to his genius was one of the best – but GOD is one with a delightful difference and one […]

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Into the Woods – Emporium Theatre, Brighton

Into the Woods continues at the Emporium Theatre, Brighton until 27 July. For the reprise of their 2014 production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s delightful fairy story musical Into the Woods, Chocolate Box Theatre brings it to a venue that offers a slightly bigger acting space than previously. It is still a feat of great […]

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Pacific Overtures – Union Theatre, London

Pacific Overtures continues at the Union Theatre, London until 2 August. The almost-operatic Pacific Overtures was never going to be easy listening and it’s certainly not everybody’s cup of sake but the 45-seater Union Theatre appears to have itself an unexpected hit with this classy Michael Strassen revival of one of Stephen Sondheim’s most complex and ambitious […]

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Sondheim Society marks anniversary with God, a celebration and parody

As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, the Stephen Sondheim Society will be paying tribute to the composer/lyricist with a brand new show called God, premiering at London Theatre Workshop for only six performances in July (8-12 July). With tongue very firmly in cheek, there will be gentle parodies that serve to demonstrate Sondheim’s art, songs that emphasise his genius, and brand new compositions inspired […]

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West Side Story – Oper Graz, Austria

West Side Story continues at the Oper Graz, Austria until 28 June. After a successful run in 2009 and a subsequent transfer in Klagenfurt in 2012, Josef Ernst Köpplinger’s acclaimed production of West Side Story returns to Graz for a limited run. Daniel Prohaska as Tony is wonderful throughout. He sings with clarity and his acting is strong, […]

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Marry Me a Little – Simon Bailey and Laura Pitt-Pulford cast

When Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little returns to the London stage for the first time in 17 years in a brand new production at St James Studio, Simon Bailey will star as Man and Laura Pitt-Pulford will star as Woman (the production runs from 29 July to 10 August, press night is 31 July). Simon Bailey was most recently seen as Liam in […]

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New Twickenham Theatre opens with Sweeney Todd

London’s fringe theatre scene is set to get bigger with the launch of the 100-seat Twickenham Theatre in west London. Located just one minute from Twickenham rail station and served by 12 bus routes and free local parking, Twickenham Theatre is a flexible performance space that will be both a producing and receiving house. The […]

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Musical highlights in Austria include Sondheim and a Disney classic

Ludovico Lucchesi Palli looks forward to a packed season ahead in Austrian theatre.  With the 2013/2014 season slowly coming to an end, theatres in Austria are getting ready for the upcoming season, which promises to combine classics from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim to a Disney favourite (for the first time in German) and some musical […]

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Sondheim revue Marry Me a Little revived at St James Theatre

Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little will return to the London stage for the first time in 17 years in a brand new production at St James Studio Theatre, London for 16 performances only from 29 July (press night is 31 July). Marry Me A Little pieces together a selection of Sondheim songs to tell a bittersweet […]

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Just Another Love Story – London Theatre Workshop

Just Another Love Story continues at the London Theatre Workshop, London, until 24 May. We have had a rash of Stephen Sondheim compilations, concerts and revues in London recently, one or two of which it is just as well the great man did not see. But he would be well pleased with an evening celebrating […]

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Tamar Broadbent returns to the Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Prize

Last year, Tamar Broadbent’s song ‘17 Drafts’ won the runner-up prize and a special commendation at The Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize 2013 which took place at London’s Garrick Theatre in conjunction with the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Competition (SSSSPOTY). For this year’s event, held at the same venue on 18 May, […]

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Merrily We Roll Along – London College of Music

Merrily We Roll Along was performed by the London College of Music BA Musical Theatre students at Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford. From way down the Sondheim pecking order, well behind Follies, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music and Company in the eyes of most, Merrily We Roll Along has emerged over the past two years as […]

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Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year 2014/Stiles & Drewe Prize

The 12 finalists of this year’s Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Competition 2014 (SSSSPOTY) will sing their hearts out competing for the title on Sunday 18 May at 3pm at the West End’s Garrick Theatre. The young artists will not only sing a Sondheim number, but at the composer/lyricist’s request, they will also perform 12 […]

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Into the Woods – Theatre du Chatelet, Paris

Into the Woods continues at Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, until 12 April. For a quarter of a century Parisians didn’t know Into the Woods from Babes in the Wood. Come to think of it, there are blank faces galore when you say “Into the Woods” in the UK too – but thanks to Chatelet supremo […]

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Sondheim Only …Slightly Rearranged – The Pheasantry

Sondheim Only …Slightly Rearranged was performed at The Pheasantry, London. Twenty-seven of Stephen Sondheim’s finest sung by six names that were new to most of us and therefore eager to show what they could do – and with the fun idea of getting the three gals perform the composer/lyricist’s ‘fella’ material and vice versa. Yes, Sondheim […]

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Do I Hear a Waltz? – Park Theatre

Do I Hear A Waltz? continues at the Park Theatre, London, until 30 March. Watching the witty and charming end-product at the cosy 200-seater Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, it was hard to imagine that the birth of Do I Hear A Waltz? almost half a century ago was so beset by behind-the-scenes disharmony. With […]

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Do I Hear a Waltz? – Rebecca Seale does

Actress Rebecca Seale is taking on the lead role of Leona Samish in Charles Court’s version of the seldom-performed musical Do I Hear a Waltz? The musical is based on Arthur Laurents’ play The Time of the Cuckoo and was adapted into a musical by Laurents, Richard Rodgers (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics). Charles Court Opera’s […]

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Kim Criswell and Louise Dearman celebrate Richard Rodgers

On Saturday March 8 Kim Criswell and Louise Dearman will join the Nash Ensemble (the chamber ensemble in residence at London’s Wigmore Hall) for a special concert, A Celebration of Richard Rodgers On Broadway: Act III, recalling the final works – over two decades – of Broadway’s most successful composer. As part of the Nash […]

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Liz Callaway – Crazy Coqs

An Evening with Liz Callaway at the Crazy Coqs, London, continues until 1 February. Just when everybody thought the evening was going like clockwork, Broadway star Liz Callaway ‘forgot’ her lines in the ridiculously fast ‘Another 100 People’ and had the first night Crazy Coqs audience gasping in surprise and sympathy as the Sondheim classic […]

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Putting It Together – St James Theatre

Putting It Together continues at the St James Theatre, London until 1 February. This is a lesser-known Stephen Sondheim revue that was first performed in 1992 at the Old Fire Station Studio Theatre in Oxford. Subsequent productions took place, notably in New York, Los Angeles and Chichester, each slightly different in song content and ‘story’. […]

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Maria Friedman and Jason Carr – The Pheasantry

Maria Friedman sings Lenny & Steve with Jason Carr (musical director) at The Pheasantry, London, until 19 January. British artists who truly understand the intimate art of cabaret are few and far between, but the wonderful Maria Friedman is one who stands alongside the very best Americans – and above most of them. Seventy minutes […]

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Candide – Menier Chocolate Factory

Candide continues at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London, until 22 February 2014. Menier Chocolate Factory’s last musical Merrily We Roll Along was a huge hit, even transferring for a successful run in the West End and being made into a movie, but it is hard to be as enthusiastic about the theatre’s revival of Candide. […]

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Andrew Lippa in Concert – St James Theatre

Andrew Lippa in Concert at the St James Theatre, London. The name Andrew Lippa is not one that a large percentage of UK theatregoers in the UK will have heard of, although some may have seen his most famous show – the lavish The Addams Family – on Broadway back in 2010. More recently, in September […]

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KT Sullivan – Crazy Coqs

KT Sullivan performs Rhyme, Women and Song at the Crazy Coqs, London until 2 November. If there’s anything better than having KT Sullivan in London for a week, it’s having that delicious Oklahoma songbird here for two. Following her Vienna to Weimar show alongside Karen Kohler in the London Festival of Cabaret series at the […]

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Sweeney Todd – West Yorkshire Playhouse

Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street continues at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds until 26 October, then transfers to the Royal Exchange, Manchester, 1–30 November. The high camp Victorian spectres of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in Tim Burton’s film version of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd are firmly […]

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Putting It Together – G Live, Guildford

Putting It Together was performed at the G Live Studio, Guildford. The rarely-seen Sondheim revue Putting It Together, a veritable orgy of familiar and less familiar songs from the great man’s rich repertoire worked into an admittedly pretty flimsy storyline, made a welcome return with a classy cast of five at Guildford. First performed at […]

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Menier Chocolate Factory presents Candide

Fra Fee, Cassidy Janson, Ben Lewis, Scarlett Strallen and David Thaxton have been cast in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s Christmas musical Candide with music by Leonard Bernstein, book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler, lyrics by Richard Wilbur and additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Park and Bernstein. From Westphalia to […]

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