Sondheim on Sondheim BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
April 22, 2010
Closing:
June 13, 2010

Theater: Studio 54 / 254 West 54th Street, New York, NY, 10019

Synopsis: 

Through the use of exclusive interview footage, audiences get an inside look at famed composer Stephen Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process. A starry ensemble of Broadway’s best will perform brand-new arrangements of over two dozen Sondheim tunes, ranging from the beloved to the obscure.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Sondheim on Sondheim

    Ben Brantley

    April 23, 2010: God has spoken on the subject of His existence. And you will be pleased to know that He seems resigned to and amused by the obeisance and sacrifices that are made in His name. Listen, O children of Broadway, to His own words, chanted by a chosen tribe of His disciples at the theater at Studio 54 (once a pagan temple to the gods of disco) as His sardonic image smiles down upon them.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF Sondheim on Sondheim

    April 23, 2010: There are a lot of wonderful moments, some intensely personal, in "Sondheim on Sondheim," the Roundabout Theatre Company's revelatory revue celebrating Stephen Sondheim's theatrical career.

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  • NEW YORK POST REVIEW OF Sondheim on Sondheim

    Revue's a little disappointing night music

    Elisabeth Vincentelli

    April 23, 2010: Thank God for Stephen Sondheim. Not just for his songs, but for his running commentary, which punctuates the new revue "Sondheim on Sondheim" at regular intervals.

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  • USA TODAY REVIEW OF Sondheim on Sondheim

    'Sondheim on Sondheim': A love song to a musical master

    Elysa Gardner

    April 22, 2010: What better birthday present could Stephen Sondheim receive than a chance to finally star in his own Broadway show? Musical theater's greatest living composer and lyricist, who turned 80 in March, is getting just that with Sondheim on Sondheim (***½ out of four), the funny, affectionate and revealing tribute that opened Thursday at Studio 54.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF Sondheim on Sondheim

    April 23, 2010: There are some things one never needs to see on a Broadway stage...like 82-year-old musical-theater grande dame Barbara Cook grabbing a costar's butt. Granted, the ensemble of Sondheim on Sondheim is excerpting A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum — a show built on bawdy comic bits — but Cook's goose is merely one of this schizophrenic show's many flabbergasting moments. Here's another: Tom Wopat romancing Leslie Kritzer, who's young enough to be his daughter. Oh wait, she was his daughter — in the 2008 musical A Catered Affair.

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF Sondheim on Sondheim

    April 23, 2010: Musical plays are easy; revues are hard. You still have to satisfy all those pesky Aristotelian needs, but you don't have story and character to help you out. Fortunately, conceiver-director James Lapine has come up with a fertile premise for "Sondheim on Sondheim": the great man comes to us. Who wouldn't want to spend an evening with Broadway's musical-theater Shakespeare discussing his work and dishing about his experiences? Through the magic of Peter Flaherty's video design, imaginatively integrated with Beowulf Borritt's gorgeous abstract set based on rectangular shapes suggestive of Scrabble tiles, "Sondheim" engages and entrances as much through the songwriter's chatty, intimate patter as through the top-drawer performances of the gifted eight-person cast. The resulting show is wise, warm, witty, and entirely wonderful.

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  • LA TIMES REVIEW OF Sondheim on Sondheim

    April 23, 2010: The birthday fuss has indeed been getting out of hand. But no artist in the American theater deserves it more than Stephen Sondheim, who became an octogenarian this year and has been keeping a couple of other extraordinary eightysomethings in the limelight.

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