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.

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Cast Recording of Sondheim's Road Show to Arrive in Stores June 30

By Adam Hetrick
June 4, 2009

Nonesuch Records and PS Classics will release the much-anticipated cast recording of the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical Road Show on June 30.

PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker produced the 17-track cast recording, which features the entire original Off-Broadway company from the 2008 Public Theater world premiere. The Road Show recording will include complete lyrics and production photos.

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Little Night Music Revival Is Gearing Up for Broadway; Nunn to Direct

By Andrew Gans
April 28, 2009

Tony Award winner Trevor Nunn will direct a Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning A Little Night Music, according to a casting notice.

Rehearsals are scheduled to begin in October with an opening some time in December. Dates are "tentative," according to the Equity casting notice.

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London's Union Theatre to Revive Sondheim's Company

By Mark Shenton
April 20, 2009

Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1970 Broadway musical Company will be revived at Southwark's tiny Union Theatre, beginning performances May 20 (prior to an official opening May 21), for a run to June 13 only.

In 2008 the Union Theatre produced a highly acclaimed staging of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd; other musical successes in the last few years include productions of Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun and The Pajama Game, as well as all-male productions of HMS Pinafore and The Mikado.

Company will be directed and staged by Michael Strassen, with musical direction and orchestrations by Michael England. Strassen is also a well-known West End actor, who appeared in the original London cast of Miss Saigon, as well as Les Miserables (in which he played Marius, and sang the same role for the VE Day Anniversary in Hyde Park that was attended by the Royal Family and an audience of 250,000, and televised worldwide by the BBC) and Jesus Christ Superstar (playing Simon Zealotes). He has recorded two solo albums, and also duets with Ruthie Henshall on her Gershwin CD, "Love is Here to Stay." He directed Henshall's one-woman show at the Royal Festival Hall and subsequent U.K. tour. He directed From West End to Broadway, featuring six leading West End artists in concert, and Philip Ridley's play The Pitchfork Disney for the Yvonne Arnaud Mill Studio. Most recently he staged and directed Mark Carroll's The Attic, a new musical about old and new toys and their values clashing, that was performed at The theatre Royal, Haymarket with a West End cast.

England has been the musical director for such West End shows as Spamalot, The Producers, The Phantom of the Opera, Jerry Springer – The Opera and Les Misérables. On the concert platform, his conducting credits include the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Sinfonietta, Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Nederlands Balletorkest and the Slovenia Radio Symphony Orchestra, which was also televised. He has been musical director for Tony Award winner Lilianne Montevecchi, for John Barrowman and Ruthie Henshall, for whom he also arranged and conducted tracks on her album "Pilgrim." As a composer his output has included works for film, television and the concert platform, and in December 2008 he was commissioned to write a short piece for members of the Royal Ballet, which premiered at the Royal Opera House in the Clore Studio, as part of their "Draft works" series.

Casting is still to be announced.

To book tickets, contact the box office at 020 7261 9876 or visit www.uniontheatre.biz.
March 20, 2009
THEATER REVIEW | 'WEST SIDE STORY'
Our Gangs
By BEN BRANTLEY

Even when they’re flashing switchblades and kicking people in the ribs, the teenage hoodlums who maraud through Arthur Laurents’s startlingly sweet new revival of “West Side Story” seem like really nice kids. When a pure-voiced boy soprano (Nicholas Barasch) shows up to perform the musical’s banner anthem, the aching “Somewhere,” it feels like the manifestation of some inner angel who always lurks beneath the surface of the angry adolescents onstage.

Youth has always been the engine of this epochal musical from 1957, created by one of the most talented teams in showbiz history: Mr. Laurents (book), Leonard Bernstein (score), Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) and Jerome Robbins (director and choreographer). But usually it’s the scary, adrenaline-stoked energy of youth that sets the tone and rhythms of the show.

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March 15, 2009
Same City, New Story
By PATRICIA COHEN

WHEN Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins and Arthur Laurents created “West Side Story” in the mid-’50s, they lived within walking distance of the concrete alleys and playgrounds that were the backdrop for their updated version of “Romeo and Juliet,” the crowded tenements where new Puerto Rican immigrants rubbed up against the Irish, Poles and Italians who had preceded them.

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PS Classics and Nonesuch to Record Sondheim's Road Show Feb. 23

By Adam Hetrick
February 19, 2009

The cast of the recent Public Theater production of Road Show will head into a Manhattan recording studio Feb. 23 to capture the latest musical from Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Stephen Sondheim.

PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker told Playbill.com that Nonesuch Records will jointly produce the single disc. A spring in-store arrival is expected.

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If'n I was on the other side of this ocean, I'd think about this evening. I had a chance to see her two years ago and really liked her performance. :)

Maria Friedman Sings Sondheim

Friday 20 March, 2009
7.30pm

Programme:
‘Maria Friedman sings Sondheim’ first premiered during a run at New York’s Cafe Carlyle during 2003 and returned for another hugely successful run in 2006.

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Interesting to see both "Nikki"'s from Curtains play the role of Anne Egerman (Davie having replaced Paice when Paice went to the UK to play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind.

Davie Replaces South Pacific-Bound Osnes in White Plains' Night Music

By Andrew Gans
February 12, 2009

Erin Davie, who has been seen on Broadway in Curtains and Grey Gardens, has replaced the previously announced Laura Osnes (Grease) in the White Plains Performing Arts Center's upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's A Little Night Music.

Davie will now play the role of Anne. Osnes is departing the production to succeed Kelli O'Hara as Nellie Forbush in the Broadway revival of South Pacific.

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Recording of Sondheim's Road Show Aiming for Spring Release

By Adam Hetrick
January 19, 2009

The Public Theater world premiere of the Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman musical Road Show will be preserved on disc by PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker.

Krasker, who has produced ten Sondheim cast albums – including the Grammy-nominated revival recordings of Assassins, Sweeney Todd and Company – told Playbill.com that he will produce the recording of the Sondheim musical that explores the life of the eccentric Mizner brothers.

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I am very disappointed to learn this news. :( I had an opportunity to see Ms Paice in Curtains two summers ago and will look forward to her portrayal of Anne Egerman.

Taking Over for Benanti, Paice Joins Roundabout Night Music Concert

By Kenneth Jones
January 5, 2009

Under the advice of her doctor, Tony Award-winning actress Laura Benanti has to withdraw from the gala concert of A Little Night Music Jan. 12 in Manhattan.

Jill Paice of London and Broadway's The Woman in White and Broadway's Curtains will play the role Anne in the benefit for Roundabout Theatre Company, at Studio 54.

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:: massed flailing :: NOooooooooo. :(

GYPSY to Close Early on January 11, 2009
by BWW News Desk

The award winning, critically acclaimed smash hit production of GYPSY, originally announced to close on Sunday, March 1, 2009, will now play its final performance at the St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street) on Sunday, January 11, 2009.

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December 12, 2008

Holiday Gifts for Devotees of Broadway

By BEN BRANTLEY

Entering into conversation with those who speak Theater — a language shared by a small, passionate subspecies of humanity known as Regina Dramatica — requires more than peppering your conversation with “darlings” and hyperbole. Speaking Theater starts with a shared mind-set, a collective, aggrandizing and affectionately barbed myth of an institutional art form with its own rituals and gods.

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Night Music Concert Will Now Play Studio 54; Socha, Currie and More Join Cast

By Andrew Gans
December 11, 2008

The Roundabout Theatre Company's gala concert reading of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning A Little Night Music, scheduled for Jan. 12, 2009, will now be presented at Studio 54 rather than the previously announced Nokia Theatre Times Square.

Scott Ellis (She Loves Me, 1776, Curtains) will direct the 7:30 PM performance, which will boast the talents of the previously reported Natasha Richardson (Desirée Armfeldt), Victor Garber (Frederick Egerman), Christine Baranski (Countess Charlotte Malcolm), Laura Benanti (Anne Egerman), Marc Kudisch (Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm), Vanessa Redgrave (Madame Armfeldt), Steven Pasquale (Henrik Egerman) and Kendra Kassebaum (Petra).

Newcomers to the evening include Alexandra Socha (Fredrika), Maija Lisa Currie (Mrs. Nordstrom), Steven Goldstein (Mr. Erlandson), Leena Chopra (Mrs. Segestrom), Julianne Borg (Mrs. Anderssen) and Philip Cokorinos (Mr. Lindquist).

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December 7, 2008
Singing a Song of Sondheim, Again

By CELIA McGEE
SHOULD Stephen Sondheim ever decide to set a musical in a Mail Boxes Etc. store (a barbershop he’s done already), Alexander Gemignani could bring some firsthand experience to the production.

Mr. Gemignani, who stars in “Road Show,” the Sondheim offering that opened at the Public Theater on Nov. 18, worked for nine years at a branch of that very company near his childhood home in Tenafly, N.J. But the job, which Mr. Gemignani, 29, pursued — very happily, he would add — during high school vacations, college breaks and his early years struggling to make it as an actor and singer, did nothing to prepare him for his role in “Road Show.”

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November 19, 2008
THEATER REVIEW

Brothers in Flimflammery on a Continental Sojourn

By BEN BRANTLEY
It’s raining greenbacks in “Road Show,” the latest version of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s long-aborning, ever-evolving and eternally slender musical about curdled American dreams, which opened on Tuesday night at the Public Theater. Throughout this short and sardonic production, directed by John Doyle and starring the marvelous team of Michael Cerveris and Alexander Gemignani, fistfuls of dollars are flung into the air with such enthusiastic frequency that by evening’s end they carpet the stage floor.

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LuPone Gypsy to End Broadway Run in March 2009

By Andrew Gans
November 13, 2008

The current revival of Gypsy — starring Tony Award winners Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines and Laura Benanti — will end its run at the St. James Theatre March 1, 2009, at the conclusion of LuPone's original contract.

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Sondheim and Rich Will Discuss A Life in the Theater in January 2009

By Andrew Gans
November 11, 2008

Tony Award-winning musical theatre composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, currently represented Off-Broadway with the new musical Road Show, will take part in an upcoming evening at Avery Fisher Hall.

Entitled Stephen Sondheim: A Life in the Theater, the Jan. 18, 2009, event will feature Sondheim and former New York Times theatre critic Frank Rich. Show time is 8 PM.

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I'm dying of repressed squee's here. Finally, the possibility of hearing Ms K sing The Millers Son on this side of the continent (she'd previously played Petra in the Seattle 5th Avenue Theatre production). Oh! Oh! Oh! :DDDDDDDD

Wicked's Kassebaum Cast in Starry Little Night Music Concert

By Andrew Gans
November 7, 2008

Kendra Kassebaum, who is currently playing the curly locked Glinda in the Broadway production of Wicked, has been cast in the Roundabout Theatre Company's gala concert reading of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning A Little Night Music, which will be presented Jan. 12, 2009, at the Nokia Theatre Times Square.

Kassebaum, the actress' spokesperson told Playbill.com, will play the maid Petra, who sings the tongue-twisting "The Miller's Son." Kassebaum has also been seen on Broadway in Rent and Assassins, and Off-Broadway in The Receptionist.

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Stephen Sondheim - The Story So Far podcasts

A companion to the Sondheim box-set (The Story So Far), these are the podcasts. :)

http://www.sendspace.com/folder/5k4w8i

of course, the box set is on sale at Virgin Megastore (15.99/box set), so instead of waiting until December, I pressed the ticky box button. ;)
Narrated by Paul Gemignani, it's a highlight of the new Stephen Sondheim: The Story So Far box set. :)

Listening to Sondheim
Because the one-night concert reading is this cast on the East Coast...

A Little Night Music [LA Opera 2004.07.14]
156MB | zip

hxxp://www.sendspace.com/file/cu8au7

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Richardson, Garber, Baranski, Benanti, Kudisch and Redgrave Set for Night Music Concert

By Andrew Gans
October 14, 2008

The Roundabout Theatre Company will present a one-night-only gala concert reading of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning A Little Night Music Jan. 12, 2009, at the Nokia Theatre Times Square.

Scott Ellis (She Loves Me, 1776, Curtains) will direct the 7:30 PM performance, which will boast the talents of Natasha Richardson (Desirée Armfeldt), Victor Garber (Frederick Egerman), Christine Baranski (Countess Charlotte Malcolm), Laura Benanti (Anne Egerman), Marc Kudisch (Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm) and Vanessa Redgrave (Madame Armfeldt). Additional casting will be announced shortly.

Musical director Paul Gemignani will lead a 27-member orchestra with orchestrations penned by Jonathan Tunick.

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Waddingham, Lipman, Hanson, Buckley and More Cast in London Night Music Revival

By Mark Shenton
October 10, 2008

Full casting has been announced for the Menier Chocolate Factory's forthcoming production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's A Little Night Music, which is scheduled to begin performances Nov. 22 prior to an official opening Dec. 3. The limited engagement will play through March 8, 2009.

Trevor Nunn will direct a cast that includes Hannah Waddingham as Desiree, Maureen Lipman as her mother Madame Armfeldt, Alex Hanson as her former lover Fredrik, Jessie Buckley as Fredrik's virginal wife Anne, Gabriel Vick as Fredrik's son Henrik, Kaisa Hammarlund as the maid Petra and Alistair Robins as Count Carl-Magnus. They will be joined by John Addison, Florence Andrews, Laura Armstrong, Lynden Edwards, Charlotte Page and Nicola Sloane.

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Sondheim & Weidman's Bounce Is Now Called Road Show; Cast Announced

By Kenneth Jones
August 12, 2008

Road Show is the new title of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's new musical — once known as Bounce — The Public Theater announced Aug. 12. The fall Off-Broadway production, directed by John Doyle, will star Michael Cerveris and Alexander Gemignani as the Mizner brothers.

Doyle, who won a Best Direction Tony for the recent revival of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and also directed the recent Company and A Catered Affair on Broadway, will also provide scenic design for the newly revised musical.

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George Furth, Librettist for Company, Dies at 75

By Robert Simonson
August 12, 2008

George Furth, a playwright and actor who made his lasting contribution to the American theatre through two collaborations with composer Stephen Sondheim, the musicals Company and Merrily We Roll Along, died Aug. 10 in Santa Monica, CA.

He was 75. He had been in the hospital for a lung infection.

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Sondheim's Saturday Night to Play London's Jermyn Street Theatre in 2009

By Mark Shenton
July 18, 2008

Stephen Sondheim's first intended Broadway musical Saturday Night — written in 1954 when he was 24 and originally due to premiere on Broadway in 1955, but canceled following the death of its producer, Lemuel Ayers – is returning to London more than a decade after its professional premiere in 1997 at the fringe Bridewell Theatre.

Saturday Night will now play the Jermyn Street Theatre, off Piccadilly Circus, for a five-week run beginning Feb. 10, 2009, and will include the U.K. premiere of two songs completed by Sondheim when he revised the show for its U.S. premiere in 1999: "Montana Chem" (a patter song that dramatizes the characters nervously following the stock prices of Montana Chemical Corp, in which they have invested all their savings) and "Delighted, I'M Sure" (whose lyrics, but not music, were written with the rest of the score in the 1950s).

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I tracked this audio, but it is [livejournal.com profile] seatbythewindow's master.

Sunday in the Park with George
Studio 54, New York City, NY
June 27, 2008 evening
CAST: Daniel Evans (George), Jenna Russell (Dot/Marie), Mary Beth Peil (An Old Lady/Blair Daniels), Anne L. Nathan (Nurse/Mrs./Harriet Pawling), David Turner (Franz/Lee Randolph), Andrew Varela (Jules/Bob Greenberg), Jessica Molasky (Yvonne/Naomi Eisen), Alexander Gemignani (A Boatman/Dennis), Brynn O'Malley (Celeste #1/Elaine), Jessica Grove (Celeste #2/A Photographer), Drew McVety (Louis/Billy Webster), Kelsey Fowler (Louise), Stacie Morgain Lewis (Frieda/Betty), Santino Fontana (A Soldier/Alex), Ed Dixon (Mr./Charles Redmond)

seatbythewindow MASTER; tracked by PDT

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Sondheim and Weidman's Bounce Will Bow at Public Theater This Fall

By Adam Hetrick
June 5, 2008

The Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman musical Bounce will land at the Public Theater in October, according to a casting notice.

Performances are slated to begin Off-Broadway Oct. 28 and continue through Nov. 30, with a possible extension through Dec. 28, according to a casting notice. Tony Award-winning director John Doyle, who previously confirmed he was attached to a fall Public staging of Bounce, will direct the musical that traces the lives of the rich, colorful and scheming Mizner brothers. Rehearsals are scheduled to begin Sept. 16.

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2007-2008 Tony Nominations Announced; In the Heights Earns 13 Noms.

By Andrew Gans
May 13, 2008

The 2007-2008 Tony Award nominations were announced May 13 by Tony Award winners Sara Ramirez and David Hyde Pierce at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Nominees for Best Musical include Cry-Baby, In the Heights, Passing Strange and Xanadu.

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Tony Winner Neuwirth Will Sing Songs by Weill, Porter, Sondheim, Waits and Kander and Ebb at Feinstein's

By Andrew Gans
May 6, 2008

Two-time Tony Award-winning singer-dancer-actress Bebe Neuwirth will make her nightclub debut May 20 at Feinstein's at Loews Regency.

Neuwirth, who will play the intimate venue through May 31, has titled her show Stories with Piano. Cabaretgoers can expect to hear the singing actress' renditions of songs penned by Kurt Weill, Kander and Ebb, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim and Tom Waits.

Neuwirth will be backed by musical director Scott Cady on piano. Show times are Tuesday-Thursday at 8:30 PM and Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and 10 PM.

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Between E.L.O (Electric Light Orchestra) and the Part II, I'm quite drawn to the whole 'orchestral' concept for popular music. :)

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Jane Krakowski - she's coming back to NYC to do Damn Yankees, but I figured, you might have seen her on Ally McBeal doing The Music and the Mirror... but she sings Sondheim here :)

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Moxy Früvous was a mainstay of my post-secondary school play lists. If for naught, they were graduates of my school, and the music helped keep me awake over some very strange hours. :)

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Gypsy Cast Will Head Into the Recording Studio May 5

By Andrew Gans
May 2, 2008

The cast of the current, acclaimed revival of Gypsy — including Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Boyd Gaines and two-time Tony nominee Laura Benanti — will head into a Manhattan recording studio May 5 and 6 to preserve the Stephen Sondheim-Jule Styne score.

The CD will be released on the Time-Life Records label, according to a spokesperson for the company. An August 2008 release is currently scheduled.

The recording will boast songs cut from the original Broadway production of Gypsy: "Three Wishes for Christmas," "Momma's Talking Soft," "Nice She Ain't," "This Is Mother's Day," "Smile Girls," "Who Needs Him?," and an alternate version of "This Is Mother's Day," all featuring new orchestrations penned by Jonathan Tunick.

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So, my little box from Kritzerland came yesterday... and there was squeeing and flailing and well actually whatever happened, happened silently, and any Snoopy-esque dances of joy, were... well, unseen and only in my head.

It was much Sondheim all the time. :) The limited (3000 disc?) Evening Primrose recording, I'd heard much of it with the Frogs/Evening Primrose recording.

Anyhow - Charmaine Carr sings Ella on Evening Primrose.

The other Sondheim was Sondheim's 75th Birthday Benefit recording out in San Francisco, which again, the songs have been done before (I think only one track is world premiered) :)

Finally, Dame Julie Andrews sings Sondheim in Putting It Together. Most amusing was her rendition of Getting Married Today. Although, entirely out of context of Company, it's still fun to hear how people have interpreted Sondheim's lyrics. :)

I'm simply going going to xpost these recordings across various places because it's Sondheim, hence I share :D

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I finally managed to assemble my 320kbps file of ALNM (with Dame Judi Dench) - so the file size is now almost twice the size of the original zip file.

Snag, don't snag... I think this is the final part of what I have in terms of ALNM recordings unless someone has a yen of the Original London Cast? :)

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Perpetual anticipation is good for the soul but it's bad for the heart...

Sondheim as the Waltz King... his most famous piece for 3/4 time - A Little Night Music. I found a copy of The 1996 (London) Royal National Theatre recording with Dame Judi Dench so I'm more than pleased to be able to share it (along with some other recordings of A Little Night Music) with all y'all. :)

ETA: *sigh* One of my favourite scenes: A Weekend in the Country isn't in the 1996 RNT recording (wasn't part of the original file)... and since I've got four versions of ALNM playing, I didn't notice the lack... my bad and my apologies.

ETA 2: Aha! http://www.sendspace.com/file/6ks68l (12 A Weekend in the Country) I will be revising the file and create a new link (which also includes Dench's CD cover)

Send in the clowns )
Here's to the Ladies Who Sing Sondheim, Starring Lansbury, Monk, Russell, McKechnie, Walsh and More

By Kenneth Jones
April 7, 2008

The promise of Angela Lansbury reuniting with the songs of Stephen Sondheim would seem to be reason enough to fight your way into the sold-out April 7 Broadway concert, The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim. But the benefit for The Acting Company also has the glitter of Jenna Russell, Donna McKechnie, Debra Monk and more stars who have sung the composer-lyricist's work.

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THEATER REVIEW | 'GYPSY'
Curtain Up! It’s Patti’s Turn
By BEN BRANTLEY

Watch out, New York. Patti LuPone has found her focus. And when Ms. LuPone is truly focused, she’s a laser, she incinerates. Especially when she’s playing someone as dangerously obsessed as Momma Rose in the wallop-packing revival of the musical “Gypsy,” which opened on Thursday night at the St. James Theater.

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A whole collection of Sweeney's - OBC, revivals, various concert versions, motion picture, boots, and such.

Burton's DVD comes out in a week... so we might as well have some meat pies while we wait :)

A Collection of Sweeney's - Notably, the original Broadway cast's opening night performance. :)

Swing your razor high, Sweeney )

Other chaos can be found here: http://pdt-bear.livejournal.com/414522.html
I loaded these for a request but per my own tradition - share, and share alike. :)

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x-posted
Two Helpings of Pie From Broadway’s Fridge

By CHARLES ISHERWOOD

“SOUTH PACIFIC” and “Gypsy,” which both return to Broadway this spring, originally opened 10 years apart, standing neatly as theatrical bookends of the 1950s. The Rodgers and Hammerstein romance set in the Pacific during World War II had its New York premiere in April 1949, on the cusp of that fabled decade of American prosperity and self-confidence. The brassy musical inspired by Gypsy Rose Lee’s memoir first took a bow in May 1959, as the decade drew to a close and only a few shadows of the more fractious era ahead could be discerned on the horizon.

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THEATER REVIEW | 'SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE'
Down by the Blue Purple Yellow Red Water
By BEN BRANTLEY
Published: February 22, 2008

“Look!” says the man for whom seeing is everything, in a voice that both commands and beseeches. “Look!”

This directive is issued by the painter Seurat, played by Daniel Evans in the glorious revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Sunday in the Park With George,” which opened Thursday night at Studio 54. And even if George’s mother, to whom he is ostensibly speaking, pays him no mind, we certainly do.

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Lansbury, LuPone, Benanti, Monk, Myers and More Are Ladies Who Sing Sondheim April 7

By Kenneth Jones
20 Feb 2008

The title says it all. The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim, a one-night musical evening at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre April 7, will bring major Broadway divas into the spotlight to benefit The Acting Company.

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I've always loved looking at Seurat paintings even before I ever heard Sunday in the Park with George. I had a chance to take a closer look at the paintings when I was at the British Museum this past summer. They were wonderful. :)

The 1987 production starred Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters... while the 2006 London revival production starred Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell which will be presented by the Roundabout Theatre Group at Studio 54 this Spring.

I had the opportunity to see and hear Daniel Evans sing Sunday with Maria Friedman at Cadogan Hall during the same UK trip - and he sounded lovely :)

It's Hot Up Here )
Oh, a weekend in the country...

Grey Gardens' Ebersole and Wilson Will Reunite for A Little Night Music

By Andrew Gans
25 Jan 2008

Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson, who both won Tony Awards for their performances in the Tony-nominated musical Grey Gardens, will reunite this summer for concert performances of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's A Little Night Music.

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Company

Jan. 17th, 2008 10:33 pm
Well. To kill time this afternoon, I re-watched the Company album cast recording session (from 1970)... and this evening, I see the PBS clips for the Company revival... which look very nice. :)
youtube clips underneath )
Again! I miss an opportunity to hear/see Sondheim. :(

MUSICAL THEATRE
Time is ripe for revival of flop 1964 musical

The subject and staging of Stephen Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle is well suited to today
Jan 13, 2008 04:30 AM
ADAM BRAZIER
Special to the Star

To succeed you must fail, but perhaps the greatest successes come when you succeed in failing. This may be the case with Anyone Can Whistle, playing tonight in concert at the Diesel Playhouse.

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So, the movie Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter opens tonight. :)

And I'm wrapping up this mini-flurry of Sweeney Todd posts with the First National Tour videorecording audio-tracks... with Angela Lansbury and George Hearn. T'was filmed in LA during the first national tour of 1980/81.

A customer! Sit! )

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