Fuck Yeah Stephen Sondheim

Bow before the fucking king of musical theater.

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Liz Callaway & Jason Danieley,
Even Stephen - Liz Callaway & Friends [Town Hall, 30.07.2012]


Move On (from Sunday in the Park with George) | Liz Callaway & Jason Danieley

Even Stephen - Liz Callaway & Friends [Town Hall, 30.07.2012]

I can’t think of a song that I wouldn’t want to hear Liz Callaway sing.

(via bedwyrssong)

"The star of the Broadway musical Gypsy singing ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’ exactly as she does it in the show — Miss Ethel Merman!”

From Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall - October 5, 1960, via Youregonnalovetomorrow

208 plays
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.