STEPHEN SONDHEIM with Dr. Kolb
Thursday April 6, 2017
A protégé of Oscar Hammerstein II, Stephen Sondheim got his musical theatre break when he was offered the chance to write lyrics to the music of Leonard Bernstein for West Side Story. Although he later wrote lyrics for Jule Styne’s Gypsy and for Richard Rodgers’ Do I Hear a Waltz?, it was clear that Sondheim was most interested in creating both music and lyrics, and in breaking new ground. And he has done just that with great artistic success, though not without some critical carping. In the early 1970s he won three consecutive Tony Awards for Company, Follies, and A Little Night Music. He has stretched the musical theatre form to accommodate a homicidal maniac in Sweeney Todd and presidential assassins in Assassins. He has told a story backwards in Merrily We Roll Along, musicalized an unlikely subject in Commodore Perry’s opening of Japan to Western trade in Pacific Overtures, tried a new wrinkle on fairy tales in Into the Woods, and treated the love of an unattractive woman for a handsome officer in Passion.
Location: COMMUNITY ROOM - LOWER LEVEL
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