Fuck Yeah Stephen Sondheim

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Victor Garber,
Follies - Encores!

I’ve been thinking about Victor Garber as an interpreter of Sondheim lately, so let’s listen to his take on Benjamin Stone from the Encores produciton of Follies.

"Send in the Clowns" is one of the best tracks on Ann Hampton Callaway’s excellent new album, out today.

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Simon Bailey and Laura Pitt-Pulford,
Marry Me A Little (London)

From the recent London revival of Marry Me A Little

The leads of the Lyric Stage Company (Boston) production of Sweeney Todd performed four numbers on WERS, Emerson College Radio, this weekend. Enjoy “A Little Priest,” “Not While I’m Around,” “Green Finch and Linnet Bird,” and “Johanna.”

George Dibdin Pitt’s The String of Pearl, the first dramatic source for Sweeney Todd, played at the Britannia, Hoxton, a London “bloodbath” theater, in 1847. The general idea of British melodrama in Pitt’s day seems to have been that of the modern pornographic novel: you had to have an orgasm, or in this case a murder, on every page.
Stephen Banfield, “Sondheim’s Genius,” The Oxford Handbook of Sondheim Studies

There’s a new iOS app called Dancing Sondheim which, as far as I can tell, is just a collection of videos of pieces choreographed to recordings of Sondheim songs. I downloaded it last week but haven’t had a chance to watch too carefully. I will say that their choices of recordings are interesting (although the cynic in me wonders if they were simply the cheapest to license). There’s also one piece that carries the title of a song from Do I Hear a Waltz? but features music from Sweeney Todd, which makes me wonder if there was a last-minute swap needed because of rights issues.

Download the app for free.

Saturday Night is coming back to New York via The York’s Musicals in Mufti series.

Victoria Mallory and Kurt Peterson recreate their “Tonight” duet from West Side Story. The duo played the leads in the 1968 revival of the show at Lincoln Center.

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Victoria Mallory,
A Stephen Sondheim Evening

Sad to hear of the passing of Victoria Mallory. [obituary]

fuckyeahstephensondheim:

Monet Sabel (previously featured on Fuck Yeah Stephen Sondheim for her work with Charlie Rosen’s Broadway Big Band) is doing a set of early Sondheim numbers at Don’t Tell Mama in August. I’ll be at the show on August 18th. Sit with me?

This is tonight. Will you be there?