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Stephen Sondheim

Out of the Psyche and 'Into the Woods'

Lindajoy Rose, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Lindajoy Rose, Ph.D.

There are so many teachable moments in Into the Woods. I urge you to see the movie and look for the meanings underlying the entertainment.

Meryl Streep Casts a Spell: Into the Woods

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Missing from Monday's lunch at The Leopard, Meryl Streep, wicked as an ugly witch in Rob Marshall's movie adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical Int...

A Not So Brisk-and-Bright Allegro

Steven Suskin | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Why can't they just do Broadway musicals the way the authors wrote them in the first place? is a not infrequent cry along the Rialto. If a show was a hit, if a show is a classic, why do modern producers, directors and book doctors insist on trying to make them better?

10 Things I Learned About Isabel Allende

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 11.13.2014 | San Francisco
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

I learned that Chilean American author Isabel Allende will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation's highest civilian honor. Here are 10 things I learned about Isabel Allende.

Theater: Some Disappointments and a Promising Young Composer -- Stephen Sondheim

Michael Giltz | Posted 11.13.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Lost Lake comes from the Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn, so expectations are naturally high for any new work by him. Grand Concourse is from Heidi Schreck, the Obie-winning talent who also writes for TV's Nurse Jackie. Neither quickens the pulse, though each play is blessed with a fine cast.

Meryl Streep, Ethel Kennedy To Get Presidential Medal Of Freedom

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

BEIJING (AP) — Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder and Tom Brokaw are among the latest Americans tapped to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Presid...

A Radiant Saturday Night and a Ghostly Chamber Musical

Steven Suskin | Posted 11.10.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

This is the master's earliest professionally-produced musical; that is, it is his earliest musical to receive a professional production, albeit 40-odd years later.

Here's Your First Glimpse Of Meryl Streep Singing In 'Into The Woods'

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 10.26.2014 | Entertainment

Here is a clip of Meryl Streep playing a witch and singing a Stephen Sondheim ballad. We don't need to say much else, but if you must know, it's the f...

A Satiating Sweeney at Porchlight

Robert Bullen | Posted 10.21.2014 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Sweeney and I go way back. It was the first musical where I found myself blown away by not just the music, but also the plot.

Beware Your Fantasy: It Might Just Come True!

George Heymont | Posted 12.09.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Fairy tales, short stories, and playlets have a way of infecting the imagination to produce new variations on age-old themes. In June, Wily West Productions joined forces with the Playwrights Center of San Francisco to present Sheherezade 14, an evening of short plays written by local playwrights and directed by Wesley Cayabyab and Amy Crumpacker.

Transgression: Turn-Kick-Turn/One-Two-Kick-Turn

Barry Singer | Posted 11.26.2014 | Arts
Barry Singer

As bad as things can seem these days for musicals on Broadway -- as vacuous, as child-centric or adult-nostalgic as most Broadway musicals distressingly are at the moment -- the good news is that there are Broadway ticket buyers also paying to see Hedwig. Which is extraordinary.

Field Notes From a Music Biz Life (Part 2)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

My father, the songwriter Carl Sigman, had died a few days before at my parents' Long Island home and I'd just been on the receiving end of a verbal thrashing, in Thai, from an enraged restaurateur whose tiny ad we'd had the gall to run near the equally tiny ad of his Thai food rival.

It's About the Music, Stupid!

George Heymont | Posted 10.11.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

With so many people listening to music through earbuds, I frequently wonder if any of them have a library of music resting within their memory that they can access without the help of an electronic device.

George Chakiris Remembers Company Co-Star Elaine Stritch

Debra Levine | Posted 10.04.2014 | Arts
Debra Levine

The still handsome, still-fit Chakiris, who now designs jewelry, enjoys reminiscing. But two weeks after Stritch's death in Michigan at 89, he wants to set the record straight.

The Great Dream: An American Opera

Daron Hagen | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Daron Hagen

We're in for a wild ride the next few years. Some really great operas are going to be produced. The Great Dream is coming true.

First Nighter": A Feeble "Fable," A Lively "So, This Then is Life"

David Finkle | Posted 07.22.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When Chandra (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) slips happily through an upstage door to smell the trellis roses at the start of A Fable, David Van Asselt's new play at the Cherry Lane, it's the extremely naïve theater-goer who won't immediately guess that the young girl's innocent joy isn't going to last much longer.

Life Journeys: Conversations With Leon Russell, Judy Collins and John Gorka

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.31.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Hey Leon, Life Journey, your latest album, was recorded with Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt, Elton John...you have an awful lot of friends rooting for you. Do you feel the love?

Aisle View: The Demon Barber of Lincoln Center

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

There is always a place for a production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd, especially one that gives us an oversized orchestra filling the hall with Sondheim's masterful score.

Maude Maggart Answers Stephen Sondheim's Eternal Questions About Life in Her Cafe Carlyle Debut

Myra Chanin | Posted 04.30.2014 | New York
Myra Chanin

Club Carlyle, an elegant heritage room, provides Maude with a perfect setting.

Hoping For A Second Chance In Life

George Heymont | Posted 04.28.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Who among us hasn't thought of a pivotal moment in life for which he wished he had been granted a do-over? Who hasn't looked back in anger (or regret) and wished for a second chance that might have led to better results?

Making Sondheim Sing: Interview with Michael Mahler, Music Director of Chicago Shakespeare's Road Show

Robert Bullen | Posted 04.26.2014 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

The show returns, in yet another revised format, to Chicago, and I had the chance to speak with the production's Music Director, Michael Mahler, about the show's evolution and musical language.

Movie Review: Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.20.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Elaine Stritch is one of those pop-culture figures who you either know too much about or have never heard of. A star of the Broadway stage for 70 years, she landed in New York at 18, took the town by storm and never looked back.

Quotation Maven Mardy Grothe Never Metaphor He Didn't Like

Michael Sigman | Posted 03.03.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

If Dr. Mardy Grothe has anything to say about it, your search for the perfect metaphor may be (almost) over. You might say Grothe, who launched the o...

The Sondheim Cure: a New Year's Gift to Awaken Your Sleeping "Muse"

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.08.2014 | Arts
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I knew Stephen Sondheim's lyrics before I knew who Stephen Sondheim was. I was a little ghetto girl when I fell in love with West Side Story back in ...

Springsteen & Us

John Garrett Andrews | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
John Garrett Andrews

photo © Richard Hurley, 1973 I guess every early fan of an artist can be accused of believing that the early days were the best and I am afraid th...