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A Beginner’s Guide To Stephen Sondheim

October 27, 2010 | By Adam Roberts | 276 Comments

Stephen Sondheim turned 80 this year and there were numerous concerts, tributes, a Broadway show (“Sondheim on Sondheim”), and a recently published, self-annotated book of lyrics (reviewed here by Paul Simon) celebrating the man New York Magazine once called “God.” But for many, and I used to include myself in this category, the work of Stephen Sondheim is difficult to access; unless you go to the theater very often or you grew up watching primetime PBS, you probably haven’t had the chance to savor or experience the work of the man many consider to be musical theater’s greatest living artist. So here’s my attempt to make it easy for you, to provide you with a little roadmap so that one day you can become a bonafide Sondheim-worshipper, as I’ve become today.

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A Little Night Music

October 17, 2010 | By Adam Roberts | 301 Comments


I once read that Stephen Sondheim told the orchestrator of the original production of “A Little Night Music” that, when the music began, the scent of musk should waft over the audience. This anecdote stuck with me because, strangely, one of my favorite aspects of going to the theater as a child (and still, somewhat, today) was the smell. The mix of women’s perfume with whatever natural scents occur from the sets & the make-up were rather intoxicating to my young, impressionable nose. And so it was with great excitement and olfactory curiosity that I attended the revival of “A Little Night Music” today starring Bernadette Peters and Broadway’s greatest living war horse, Elaine Stritch.

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