A Little Stephen Sondheim Music
June 17, 2010
We invite University of Pennsylvania Theater Arts and English lecturer DAVID FOX back to Radio Times for a short summer series on musical theater. The lyricist-composer Stephen Sondheim turned 80 this year and we thought his career would be a perfect topic for our kick-off show. With all the attention of jukebox musicals and the TV show Glee, that were featured on this week’s TONY Award show, Broadway is rarely without a Sondheim revival. Currently one can see 1957’s West Side Story and the 1973’s A Little Night Music, in which Catherine Zeta Jones contributed to the Sondheim Tony roster for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. We’ll discuss some of the Sondheim cannon and listen to excerpts from Company, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods and other musicals that affirm why Sondheim is a master architect of musical theater.