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Stephen Sondheim

Broadway Dynamos Emily Skinner And Alice Ripley On Their New Live CD And Best Life Lessons

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 07.22.2016 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

This month, they are back at the glamorous Feinstein's/54 Below supper club. They infuse humor, fierce passion and silliness as they perform an eclectic mix of knockout songs about sisterhood, love and, as Ripley says, "embracing radical self acceptance."

A Jersey 'West Side Story'

Barry Singer | Posted 06.24.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

Right now, a trip to New Jersey can take you to the farthest reaches of Hell's Kitchen, circa 1957. I just made that ride and I wouldn't have missed i...

Ed Kleban: A Weird and Wonderful Class Act, Well Worth Remebering

Myra Chanin | Posted 05.31.2016 | Weird News
Myra Chanin

Ed Kleban was an American musical theater songwriter who initially found, as Stephen Sondheim had, that Broadway producers were more enthusiastic abou...

Jay Armstrong Johnson - In Bernstein's 'On the Town' - This Week with SF Symphony

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.25.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

As a vocal performance major, Jay became very acquainted with the advantages of staged concerts. He performed the role of Fabrizio Naccarelli in Adam Guettel's Light in the Piazza and the title role in the composer's Floyd Collins.

'Do I Hear A Waltz?' Yes, Finally

Barry Singer | Posted 05.19.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

When Encores! clicks, it renders the imperfect to perfection. Do I Hear A Waltz? is a famously imperfect Broadway musical that very few ever got to see. (It ran for roughly six months, after opening in March 1965, and rarely gets revived.)

Adrian Lester: Best Robert in Stephen Sondheim's 'Company'

Courtney M. Soliday | Posted 04.11.2016 | Arts
Courtney M. Soliday

Phone rings, door chimes, in comes Stephen Sondheim's Company! Please let me know in the comments your favorite Bobby.

Songs of a Winter Night in Brooklyn

David Browning | Posted 02.18.2016 | Arts
David Browning

I braved frigid temperatures Saturday night to see Theater 2020's new production of Mr. Sondheim's masterpiece A Little Night Music. The story is based largely on the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night.

ASCAP Theater Workshop, Childhelp & Beyond: Conversations with Stephen Schwartz, Michael Kerker, Michael Bolton and The Tenors' Fraser Walters, Plus Music Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.16.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

A Conversation with Stephen Schwartz Mike Ragogna: Hello, Stephen! So what is a day like for Stephen Schwartz when you're in your creative mode? Steph...

Miles & the American Musical

Todd Klick | Posted 01.18.2016 | Arts
Todd Klick

During the past 50 years, Miles Kreuger has amassed the world's largest collection expressly dedicated to the histories of the American Musical theatre and film. I made the 4-minute doc below to introduce you to Miles, founder and president of the Institute of the American Musical.

The Weird and Wonderful Ricky Ritzel, Off-Broadway's Whirling Dervish on Broadway

Myra Chanin | Posted 12.07.2015 | New York
Myra Chanin

Ricky Ritzel is the Manhattan club world's kinetic musical fixture, the creative whirlwind who chaperones the weekly reunifications of Judy Garland and not-so-ever-lovin' daughter Liza -- or reasonable facsimiles thereof -- at Don't Tell Mama.

Baritone Brian Mulligan - Bracing Up for 'The Fall of the House of Usher' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.03.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Opening Tuesday, December 8 at San Francisco Opera is the U.S. premiere of a double-bill of Gothic horror - two versions of Edgar Allan Poe's classic ...

Sing Out, Luisa!

George Heymont | Posted 11.29.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

For several decades, a debate has raged over whether the voices of opera singers should be used to sing the musical theatre repertory. San Francisco Opera's General Director, David Gockley, was at the forefront of including musical theatre when he was General Director of the Houston Grand Opera.

Stephanie Blythe on 'Mrs. Lovett' - Now at San Francisco Opera through 9/29

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.22.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Is Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd an opera -- or what? The work has been around for thirty-six years and known all around the world -- challenging labels, accommodating professional and academic venues, always a kaleidoscope of actors who sing and singers who act.

San Francisco Opera's Meaty and Delicious Sweeney Todd

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 09.22.2015 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

So there's music for mind and ear here, as one would expect from Sondheim. Many consider Sweeney Todd his masterpiece. The songs certainly suit operatic voices, although not every opera singer could move so nimbly from ballad to music-hall bawdiness and back again.

Why You Should Start Over With Linda Lavin at 54 Below

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.11.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

This isn't Lavin's first visit to 54 Below, though it's the first time I've had the opportunity to enjoy it. Lavin's Starting Over is so named because she says "that's what I've been doing my whole life."

Women Aging Gracefully -- Or Not

George Heymont | Posted 08.27.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Anyone who has paid the slightest attention to American advertising over the past few decades knows that we live in a youth-obsessed society. From Botox injections to "anti-aging creams," products and services are constantly being hyped that purport to make a person look wrinkle-free and younger than their stated age.

Not Getting Married Today

George Heymont | Posted 08.16.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

It was difficult to explain to this passionate Cuban man that I didn't want to marry anybody. Still don't. Why not? I'm one of those men that Professor Henry Higgins described as "a confirmed old bachelor, and likely to remain so."

Miles Davis At Newport: Chats with George Wein, David Benoit and Stevie Holland, Plus Fireships, Labor Camp and Delta Deep Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.24.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

George, you're associated with the creation of the new box set Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975. What was it like for you the first time you saw him at Newport?

Phineas and Ferb Finale, 'Last Day of Summer', May Not Be as Final as We Think

Jim Hill | Posted 06.12.2016 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

After 126 episodes, five one-hour specials, and a Disney Channel Original movie -- Phineas and Ferb are heading for the exit. And not because anyone in Mouse House upper management decided to pull the plug on this Emmy Award-winning animated series.

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Marcia Liss | Posted 06.02.2016 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Judy Collins at the Café Carlyle: A Master at Work

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.06.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Beginning with her first song, "Open the Door", Judy Collins had her audience at the Café Carlyle on the opening night of her two-week run in thrall. A performer for 56 years, her crystalline sound, whether she's accompanying herself on acoustic guitar or at piano, rang clear.

Send in the Clowns: A Theme Song for the Republican Party Primary

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

The song, Send in the Clowns, written by Stephen Sondheim for the show A Little Night Music, is an appropriate theme for the Republican Party Primary. Surely many rational Republicans are thinking about it today as candidates keep tossing their hat into the ring to compete for their Party's nomination.

Send in the Clowns a theme song for the Republican Party primary

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

The song, Send in the Clowns, written by Stephen Sondheim for the show A Little Night Music, is an appropriate theme for the Republican Party Primary....

Merrily He Rolls Along -- Northwestern's Gifted Young Director, Aaron Simon Gross, Is Opening Doors to Sondheim Musical

Josh Getlin | Posted 05.04.2016 | Chicago
Josh Getlin

Looking forward to "Merrily's" opening night, Gross feels more than the weight of a challenging musical on his shoulders. He wants to make his fascination contagious.

Q&A: Rob Marshall on Directing, Creative Influences and Finding His Own Editorial Perspective

Steve Schonberg | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

On Monday, the New York Pops will host its annual gala at Carnegie Hall, and in what's now a standing tradition they'll celebrate the contributions of...