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SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM opens to acclaim on Broadway

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

The critics have weighed in on Broadway’s

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM

USA TODAY

(***½ out of four stars)

“What better birthday present could Stephen Sondheim receive than a chance to finally star in his own Broadway show?  Musical theater’s greatest living composer and lyricist, who turned 80 in March, is getting just that with Sondheim on Sondheim, the funny, affectionate and revealing tribute that opened Thursday at Studio 54.” – Elysa Gardner

http://www.usatoday.com/life/theater/reviews/2010-04-23-sondheim23_ST_N.htm

ASSOCIATED PRESS

“…nothing quite tops other cast members sitting quietly on stage and listening to Barbara Cook sing “Send in the Clowns.” Cook’s exquisite rendition of Sondheim’s best-known song demonstrates the essence of musical theater: an expert performer capturing the emotional truth found in a perfect blending of words and music. And “Sondheim on Sondheim,” which opened Thursday at Broadway’s Studio 54, reiterates what true Sondheim buffs already know about his work. His songs, while always intellectually nimble, are also straight from the heart, rich in emotion and feeling.” – Michael Kuchwara

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jSPTVP644cvdMdTm5g43f8eOiHnQD9F8DIL00

BLOOMBERG

**** out of four stars

“Sondheim on Sondheim,” the revue put together by James Lapine from Stephen Sondheim’s songs, confirms enchantingly what we already know but can gladly bear such eloquent repeating of: that Sondheim is the best composer- lyricist we’ve got. To have it incarnated on Broadway by a cast headed by Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Tom Wopat and five personable others leaves us, after two-and-a-half hours, only hungry for more. Every item in this expansive, diverse catalog seems to claim swift recognition: “I am a Sondheim song, and could be no other’s.” – John Simon

http://preview.bloomberg.com/news/2010-04-23/sondheim-dishes-foxy-mama-barbara-cook-steals-show-john-simon.html

VARIETY

“One sometimes wonders what the notoriously exacting Sondheim privately thinks of the many revues and revivals of his work that come along. No worry here; “Sondheim on Sondheim” is engrossingly entertaining and thoroughly captivating. An enchanting, warm and provocative opportunity to hear not only Sondheim’s songs but — literally — the master’s voice.”  – Steven Suskin

http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117942611.html?categoryid=33&cs=1&query=sondheim

NEWSDAY

Wondering perhaps what to give a friend who has everything (including star-encrusted tributes and a theater named after him) for his 80th birthday, author-director James Lapine has come up with the revealing, fascinating, utterly charming “Sondheim on Sondheim.” – Linda Winer

http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/theater/priceless-giving-the-gift-of-sondheim-1.1874028

Roundabout Theatre Company’s (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) Sondheim on Sondheim opened last night at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street).

Sondheim on Sondheim stars Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Tom Wopat, Leslie Kritzer, Norm Lewis, Euan Morton, Erin Mackey &

Matthew Scott.  Music & lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim and the production is conceived & directed by James Lapine.

Sondheim on Sondheim is playing a limited engagement through Sunday, June 13th, 2010.

Sondheim brought us Into The Woods, Company, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, West Side Story and Gypsy (to name a few). By writing songs that reflect the complexity of his characters, he has changed the way we define a great musical. But 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. Directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, this unique experience will take you inside the life and mind of an ordinary New Yorker… with an extraordinary talent.

Sondheim on Sondheim creative team includes David Loud (Music Direction & Arrangements) and Dan Knechtges (Musical Staging).  The design team includes Beowulf Boritt (Sets), Susan Hilferty (Costumes), Ken Billington (Lights), Dan Moses Schreier (Sound) and Peter Flaherty (Projections).

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services 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.  Ticket prices range from $36.50-$126.50.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Sondheim on Sondheim will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.

www.roundabouttheatre.org

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