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Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim Speaks Against the Commercialization of Broadway: Wants “Supermarket of Musicals” >>

Famed Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim ('Company,' 'Into the Woods,' 'Sweeney Todd') has never been afraid to take a risk. While each of his works maintain certain signatures, they don’t all fit the same cookie pattern. Sondheim’s song structure varies far from the norm. So it is no wonder that Sondheim wants more variety from Broadway. Recently, Sondheim came out against the commercialisation of Broadway, calling for a “supermarket of musicals.”

Alan Cumming

‘Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs’: Broadway Fav Releases New Record with Covers of Stephen Sondheim & Miley Cyrus >>

Broadway favorite Alan Cumming is a about to get really sappy. The famed 'Cabaret' Emcee and former X-Men member is about to release his brand new solo album, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs. In the brand new album recorded live at NYC’s Café Carlyle,Cummings covers a wide range of music from Stephen Sondheim to Miley Cyrus.If you like that news than you are going to love this. In celebration of the new record Alan Cumming is also going to have a few friends over to Sing Sappy Songs with him at his February 9 Carnegie Hall performance.

Bernadette Peters Talks Stephen Sondheim ‘Into the Woods’ Reunion Concert and Possible Broadway Return >>

Bernadette Peters has spent a lifetime bewitching Broadway fans with amazing talent. Peters, although not limited to, is widely known for appearing a large number musicals written by famed composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, including, 'A Little Night Music', 'Sunday in the Park with George', 'Follies' and 'Gypsy'. However, Bernadette will always be known to fans as the original Witch in the hit Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine collaboration, 'Into the Woods'. Following the release of the recent Disney film, based on the musical, Bernadette and others from the original Broadway cast reunited for a series of concerts. In other news, Bernadette also discussed a possible return to Broadway.

Stephen Sondheim Calls Lady Gaga's Oscar 'Sound of Music' Performance a 'Travesty'

Stephen Sondheim Calls Lady Gaga's Oscar 'Sound of Music' Performance a "Travesty" >>

While Lady Gaga continues to impress fans of all stripes--from a tribute to the Great American Songbook with Tony Bennett to her latest Academy Awards performance--one critic remains unenthused. Legendary composer, Stephen Sondheim, regarded her performance as "a travesty."

Stephen Sondheim

Reimagined Staging of Stephen Sondheim's 'Into the Woods' Alights Off-Broadway in December >>

Roundabout Theatre Company is bringing Fiasco Theater's stripped-down production of the musical to New York just as the Disney movie version opens.

Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel in 'Sweeney Todd' at Lincoln Center

Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel to Headline Stephen Sondheim's 'Sweeney Todd' on the West End >>

Thompson and Terfel performed in successful semi-staged "Sweeney Todd" concerts with the New York Philharmonic earlier this year.

Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson

Bryn Terfel, Emma Thompson Cast in Stephen Sondheim’s 'Sweeney Todd' at London Coliseum >>

Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson are set to star in limited run of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at the London Coliseum in the spring of 2015.

James Corden

James Corden in Talks for 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum' >>

Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers and Nathan Lane all won Tonys for playing Pseudolus in the classic musical comedy. Will James Corden, Tony winner for 'One Man, Two Guvnors,' be next?

Bryn Terfel

Bryn Terfel and 'Sweeney Todd' Headed for PBS, Wales >>

The recent stage performance at Lincoln Center of Sondheim's classic dark musical starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson will be broadcast on PBS in September. But first, Terfel will reprise the role in his native Wales.

Sheldon Harnick

Sheldon Harnick, 'Fiddler on the Roof' Lyricist, Turns 90 Today >>

The Tony- and Pulitzer-winning lyricist celebrates his 90th birthday with a new 2-CD set of demos and "hidden treasures" sung by Harnick himself.

Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim, Jessye Norman and More Celebrate Leonard Bernstein >>

Marilyn Horne, Phyllis Newman, Matthew Epstein, Judy Kaye, Kurt Ollmann and Bernstein's three children were all on hand to celebrate the life and accomplishments of the great composer, conductor and popularizer who worked at the intersection of classical music, theater and dance.

'Wicked' Sheet Music

Collateral Damage: Stephen Schwartz, Alan Menken, Lin-Manuel Miranda Campaign Against Sheet Music Piracy >>

Broadway composers are demanding illegal-download websites stop offering unauthorized downloads of copyrighted sheet music.

Stephen Sondheim's 'Sweeney Todd' Inducted into Library of Congress National Recording Registry >>

The original 1979 Broadway cast album of Stephen Sondheim's hit musical is one of 25 "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" recordings inscribed in the LOC's great book of gravitas this year.

Sondheim Olivier Awards 2014

Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along Bags Seven Olivier 2014 Nominations >>

In true Sondheim fashion, fashion was proved wrong as the passing of time has led to acceptance, respect and acclaim for Merrily. The latest triumph is its just-announced seven nominations in the UK's 2014 Olivier Awards.

Stephen Sondheim Revises 'Company,' Now Bobby's Gay >>

In one of the most radical revisions of a major musical ever, Stephen Sondheim is to workshop a version of 'Company' with its main character now a gay man, and another important female character also now a man. Could it possibly work?

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