Send in the Sondheim: Great Minnesota Sondheim Productions
Legendary composer Stephen Sondheim passed last week.I have been lucky over the past ten years to invite the casts of several wonderful Sondheim productions into the studio. In addition to fabulous songs and singing, the conversation is always lively where the genius of Sondheim is concerned. Here are some of the memoirs Stephen Sondheim and I have shared:
And no fewer than three productions of Sweeney Todd, from the Broadway tour of John Doyle’s landmark 2008 Broadway production, to Theater Latte Da in 2015 , to a 2016 alfresco fright amid the ruins of Mill City Opera.
During a 2010 Q&A evening with Sondheim in Minneapolis, I had a memorable evening at a pre-show reception, where I got to shake the hand of the master himself. I also heard the story of how Leonard Bernstein once “hung him out to dry” by insisting that Sondheim could conduct!