We are currently observing the advent period of Perpetual Anticipation which culminates with Sondheimas, the birthday of Stephen Sondheim. Today is the twenty-third day of Perpetual Anticipation.
If you’re not obsessed with Side by Side by Sondheim, you’re probably doing Sondheim fandom wrong.
This video features Larry Kert, Georgia Brown, and Nancy Dussault doing that revue’s opening medley of “Love Is In The Air” and “Comedy Tonight,” both from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum.
Most Sondheim fans know the famous story of Forum's out of town tryout, in which the show just wasn't getting laughs until the original opening number, “Love Is In The Air,” was replaced by “Comedy Tonight,” which better set the tone (and featured show-stoppingly hilarious staging by Jerome Robbins).
We aren’t doing either of these songs in Three Wishes for Sondheimas, although we do have both a number from Forum and a show’s discarded former opening number, both of which, it turns out, will be performed by Justin Barnette. But you’ll have to come to the show on Saturday night to find out what those songs are.