The sweeping romantic score of 'Passion,' which Sondheim
describes as 'one long rhapsody,' will be performed by the Philippine Opera Orchestra under conductor Daniel Bartolome.
and Lapine weave together several familiar tales.
Within the theatrical world, he is an icon but he has arguably never, in this country at least, achieved the household name status of someone like Andrew Lloyd Webber or even Sondheim
's own great mentor, Oscar Hammerstein.
As an English scholar, McLaughlin differs from musicologists in his approach to Sondheim
's works and music.
In a vibrantly imaginatively thought out production, David Fletcher uses clever set designs and a company that tackles Sondheim
's music and lyrics with brio.
A display in the library's second-floor Magazines and Newspaper Room titled "Stephen Sondheim
: A Career on the Cutting Edge."
In 1962 Sondheim
had written the music and lyrics for the highly successful "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'' (book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart).
s "A couple of years ago my husband (actor Michael Jibson) was in the original cast of Road Show, Sondheim
's newest piece, and I had dinner with him," she says.
Anika Noni Rose brought a charismatic presence and clarion voice to the free-spirit character of Marta and Patti LuPone, as she had already demonstrated in Sondheim
's birthday concert in 2010, was born to sing "The Ladies Who Lunch." She infused the bitter character of Joanne with an underlying pathos, her dripping sarcasm covering a tenderness toward both Bobby and her Loving husband.
In fact, de Mare was so enamored of Sondheim
's musical repertoire that he dreamed of re-interpreting his theatrical compositions for solo piano.
And, of course, it features Sondheim
's wonderful score.
One of Sondheim
''s best and most appealing scores, it tells the story of three friends, Frank (Simon Thomas), Charley (Matt Cross) and Mary (Sondheim
veteran Rebecca Lock) and their adventures together.