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Honestly! This?! Plus the fact that Sondheim:80 is the Roundabout's Spring Gala theme? Seeing me run to a short corner and squee in excitement because it seems like this year is a great year to see Sondheim. A Little Night Music with Lansbury, and now Sondheim on Sondheim with Barbara Cook? Awesomecakessaucesandwhisky!

Cook, Williams, Sondheim and Lapine Will Return to Broadway with Sondheim on Sondheim

By Kenneth Jones
October 1, 2009

Sondheim on Sondheim, a new Broadway musical starring Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Michael Arden and Leslie Kritzer, will premiere at Broadway's Studio 54 in spring 2010 in a production directed and conceived by James Lapine with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

The Roundabout Theatre Company is producing this conceptual revue of songs by Sondheim, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Lapine when they penned Sunday in the Park With George. Sondheim on Sondheim — which is punctuated with interview footage of the songwriter — will begin previews March 19, 2010, and open officially April 22 at Studio 54 at 254 W. 54th Street. This will be a limited engagement through June 13.

According to Roundabout, "Even though millions of fans know his songs by heart, few know much about Stephen Sondheim himself. Until now. Roundabout presents Sondheim on Sondheim, an intimate portrait of the famed composer in his own words...and music. Through the use of exclusive interview footage, you'll get an inside look at Sondheim's personal life and artistic process. An ensemble cast of Broadway's best will perform brand-new arrangements of over two dozen Sondheim tunes, ranging from the beloved to the obscure. …This unique experience will take you inside the life and mind of an ordinary New Yorker…with an extraordinary talent."

Composer-lyricist Sondheim wrote scores for Company, Follies, Assassins, Pacific Overtures and Sunday in the Park with George (among others), all of which were revived by Roundabout. He wrote lyrics for the musicals Gypsy, West Side Story and Do I Hear a Waltz?, and music and lyrics for Saturday Night, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Passion (with a book by Lapine), Merrily We Roll Along, The Frogs and Bounce, which was later revised as Road Show.

Barbara Cook has not appeared in a Broadway musical in more than 27 years. She won the 1958 Tony Award for her portrayal of Marian in The Music Man. She also starred in the original Broadway production of Candide, plus The Gay Life, among others. She appeared as Sally in Follies in concert, and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Theatrical Event for her solo, limited engagement concert Mostly Sondheim in 2002.

Vanessa Williams received a 2002 Tony Award nomination for her performance of the Witch in Into the Woods and made her Broadway debut in 1994 in Kiss of the Spider Woman.

Kritzer starred in Broadway's A Catered Affair, Hairspray and Legally Blonde. Arden appeared in the Roundabout revival of Big River and Broadway's Times They Are A-Changin', plus Off-Broadway's bare.

The Sondheim on Sondheim design team includes Beowulf Boritt (sets), Susan Hilferty (costumes), Ken Billington (lights), Dan Moses Schreier (sound), Peter Flaherty (projections) and David Loud (musical director).

Major support for this production is provided by The Shen Family Foundation, Perry and Marty Granoff, Tom and Diane Tuft, and First Service Williams.

Tickets will be available in December by phone at (212) 719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street).

To become a Roundabout subscriber visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212) 719-1300.

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Sondheim is also the focus of Roundabout's spring 2001 gala, Sondheim 80. Sondheim turns 80 on March 22, 2010 and Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, artistic director) will celebrate this landmark with a star-studded tribute. "Roundabout will celebrate this incredible artist whose six decades on Broadway has changed the face of musical theatre. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner and enjoy performances by some of Broadway's greatest talent."

The Gala chairs are Michael T. Cohen, Martin & Perry Granoff and Tom & Diane Tuft. All proceeds from this event will benefit Roundabout Theatre Company's Musical Theatre Fund. For more information, contact Steve Schaeffer, director of special events, at (212) 719-9393 ext. 312 or steves@roundabouttheatre.org.
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