Anatomy of a Song (1976)
is a half hour documentary (part two here
) about Stephen Sondheim's song Someone in a Tree
, from the musical Pacific Overtures. Sondheim talks about the challenges and thought processes behind what he calls his favourite of his own songs. See the original 1976 show in full here
. Also see this earlier post
on the same song.
It Ain't Necessarily "Porgy".
Director Diane Paulus is turning The Gershwins' (and DuBose Heyward's) Porgy & Bess
from an opera into a commercial Broadway musical, with a more upbeat ending. Stephen Sondheim takes issue with this bold reinterpretation
. [more inside]
Apparently there is a Sondheim
fan on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic staff. The Art of the Dress
versus Putting it Together
(starts at 4:55) from Sunday in the Park with George
(or Barbra Streisand's arrangement
). At the Gala
versus Ever After
from Into the Woods
Ponies previously: 1 2 3
Two musical masters impart their knowledge:
Stephen Sondheim teaches students from the Guildhall School of Music: "Send in the Clowns
" from A Little Night Music
), "My Friends
" from Sweeney Todd
" from A Little Night Music
, and "Not Getting Married
" from Company
Leonard Bernstein gives his lectures titled "The Unanswered Question
" at Harvard (the full series on DVD here
), speaks about Mahler's 9th
, rehearses "Rite of Spring" with a youth orchestra
), and performs "Journey into Jazz"
(a "Peter and the Wolf" kind of story, but for jazz instead of classical music).
Finally available on CD is the Original Cast Recording
of Sondheim's Evening Primrose
. Although other recordings of
the score have been made available, this is the first time that the original cast will be heard on a publically released recording. [more inside]
Quick, before Tim Burton's "re-imagining dark gems
of the 1970s" spree continues with the film version
that will obliterate all recollection of the original musical thriller's style! Check out 1982's Emmy-winning televised performance of Sweeney Todd
, with George Hearn and the inimitable Angela Lansbury. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
. Or, just skip to the highlights, A Little Priest
. Also, check out the style of the inventive, minimalist revival
or read the original penny dreadful!
"Someone in a Tree" -- an incedibly rare video from the original, 1976 production of "Pacific Overtures."
I grew up listening to an L.P. of these same people perform this same song, but I've never before seen them perform it. I grew up in Southern Indiana, so actually seeing a Broadway show was out of the question. But I loved this song, and -- years later -- I read that it was Stephen Sondheim's favorite of all the songs he ever wrote. Today, I found this video on YouTube and it was like finally seeing someone after being blind for years. I still have chills running up and down my spine. Also: Sondheim forum
, online journal
, and various gems (and bombs) on youtube
-- including the man
himself teaching a master class and this
12-year-old's spirited performance!
There's Always Something There To Remind You
of a Burt Bacharach
or a Stephen Sondheim
song. [Do check out this MeFi thread where our own MarkB mentions his work on the Sondheim website.
turned 74 this month, Steve
was 73 in March. Must we wait until they die before celebrating the genius of American popular music's two greatest living composers
? [ And isn't it appropriate that Elvis Costello is the most recent composer to receive the ASCAP Founders' Award which previously honoured Bacharach and Sondheim?
The Roundabout Theater postpones its Assassins revival.
This was probably the right decision, though for those who know the show--and that might not be many--it happens to address better than most things all the issues our country is currently facing. Check out Sondheim.com
where they've changed the page to simple text featuring perfectly fitting lyrics for the moment we're in.