Merrily Will Transfer to Broadway in the Fall

Very happy to see it confirmed that the Merrily revival will transfer to Broadway in the fall. The production, now midway through a sold-out run at Off Broadway’s small-scale New York Theater Workshop in the East Village, stars Daniel Radcliffe (yes, of “Harry Potter” fame) alongside two popular musical theater performers: Jonathan Groff (a Tony … Continue reading Merrily Will Transfer to Broadway in the Fall

Alive and Alone

As I’ve noted on other occasions, I’m not particularly fond of the climactic number, “Being Alive”, from George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s show Company. I’m in the minority on this, perhaps it’s time to elaborate a bit. It’s often been written, including by Sondheim himself, that the creators had difficulty coming up with an ending for … Continue reading Alive and Alone

Company en Español

  I enjoy hearing Broadway show scores performed in foreign languages. A few years ago there was a thrilling Brazilian recording of Company, the George Furth and Stephen Sondheim musical. And now we have the first Spanish language version starring Antonio Banderas as Bobby.  According to Broadway World: In addition to playing the title role of … Continue reading Company en Español

Agony

Here’s a video of the recording of the song “Agony” for the 2022 cast recording of Into the Woods. Gavin Creel and Joshua Henry sing the roles of Cinderella’s Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince (note the irony of the the male roles being named for their relationship to women, usually it’s the other way around.

Two Lansbury Stories

In preparation for Angela Lansbury’s receiving her lifetime special Tony Award tonight, I offer two stories in which she is featured. By happenstance Stephen Sondheim appears in them as well. This first story was related over 20 years ago on the Sondheim mail list, and while I can’t confirm its veracity, it sounds like something … Continue reading Two Lansbury Stories

Stephen and Mary

I’m reading, or rather re-reading Steve Swayne’s book How Sondheim Found His Sound, as I first read it in 2005 when it was published. Of course, I’ve forgotten a lot since first reading it, but one quote from Mary Rodgers really surprised me. Mary Rodgers, as I’m sure you know, was a composer of musicals such as Once … Continue reading Stephen and Mary