Studio 54, (4/22/2010 - 6/27/2010)

First Preview: Mar 19, 2010
Opening Date: Apr 22, 2010
Closing Date: Jun 27, 2010
Total Previews: 37
Total Performances: 76

Category: Musical, Revue, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes: Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert: Managing Director; Julia C. Levy: Executive Director; Gene Feist: Founding Director)

Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes: Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert: Managing Director; Julia C. Levy: Executive Director; Gene Feist: Founding Director)

Music by Stephen Sondheim; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Music orchestrated by Michael Starobin; Musical Director: David Loud; Music arranged by David Loud

Conceived and Directed by James Lapine; Musical Staging by Dan Knechtges

Scenic Design by Beowulf Boritt; Costume Design by Susan Hilferty; Lighting Design by Ken Billington; Sound Design by Dan Moses Schreier; Video & Projection Design by Peter Flaherty; Wig Design by Tom Watson; Hair Design by John Barrett; Associate Scenic Design: Jo Winiarski; Associate Costume Design: Tricia Barsamian; Associate Lighting Design: John Demous; Associate Sound Design: David Bullard; Associate Video Designer/Programmer: Austin Switser

Executive Producer: Sydney Beers; Company Manager: Denise Cooper

Production Stage Manager: Peter Hanson; Roundabout Technical Supervisor: Steve Beers; Stage Manager: Shawn Pennington

Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Conducted by Andrew Einhorn; Assistant Conductor: Mark Hartman; Piano: Andrew Einhorn; Keyboard: Mark Hartman; Concert Master: Christian Hebel; Cello: Sarah Seiver; Woodwinds: Rick Heckman and Alden C. Banta; French Horn: R.J. Kelley; Bass: Bill Ellison; Synthesizer Programmer: Randy Cohen; Music Copying: Emily Grishman Music Preparation/Emily Grishman, Katharine Edmonds

Casting: Jim Carnahan, C.S.A. and Stephen Kopel; General Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Roundabout Director of Marketing & Sales Promotion: David B. Steffen; Roundabout Associate Artistic Director: Scott Ellis; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Interactive Marketing: Situation Interactive; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Barbara Cook
Vanessa Williams
Tom Wopat
Leslie Kritzer
Norm Lewis
Erin Mackey
Euan Morton
Matthew Scott

Understudies: Lewis Cleale, Kyle Harris, Dee Hoty and N'Kenge

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2010 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Barbara Cook

 2010 Best Sound Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Sound Design by Dan Moses Schreier

Drama Desk Award

winner 2010 Outstanding Musical Revue [winner] 

Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes: Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert: Managing Director; Julia C. Levy: Executive Director; Gene Feist: Founding Director)


music by Stephen Sondheim; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
(Unless otherwise noted)

I'll Meet You at the Donut
When I Get Famous
So Many People
Something's Coming
(music by Leonard Bernstein)
Like Everybody Else
(music by Leonard Bernstein)
Smile, Girls
(music by Jule Styne)
Invocation/Forget War
Love Is in the Air
Comedy Tonight
Anyone Can Whistle
Do I Hear a Waltz?
(music by Richard Rodgers)
Take Me to the World
You Could Drive a Person Crazy
The Wedding Is Off
Multitudes of Amys
Happily Ever After
Being Alive
Ah, But Underneath
Waiting for the Girls Upstairs
Losing My Mind
In Buddy's Eyes
My Husband the Pig
Every Day a Little Death
Send in the Clowns
A Weekend in the Country
Franklin Shepard, Inc.
Good Thing Going
Opening Doors
Not a Day Goes By
Old Friends
Finishing the Hat
Children Will Listen
Ever After
Something Just Broke
The Gun Song
Fosca's Entrance (I Read)
Is This What You Call Love?
Loving You
The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened


AP: "A revelatory revue examines the work of Sondheim"

There are a lot of wonderful moments, some intensely personal, in "Sondheim on Sondheim," the Roundabout Theatre Company's revelatory revue celebrating Stephen Sondheim's theatrical career.

But nothing quite tops other cast members sitting quietly on stage and listening to Barbara Cook sing "Send in the Clowns." Cook's exquisite rendition of Sondheim's best-known song demonstrates the essence of musical theater: an expert performer capturing the emotional truth found in a perfect blending of words and music.

And "Sondheim on Sondheim," which opened Thursday at Broadway's Studio 54, reiterates what true Sondheim buffs already know about his work. His songs, while always intellectually nimble, are also straight from the heart, rich in emotion and feeling.

What's new here is that the audience gets to see Sondheim, who turned 80 last month, talk about his music and lyrics - and himself - in an equally open manner. James Lapine, who created and directed the show, has peppered the production with video comments from the man. Most of them were recently recorded; a few come from television clips of long-ago programs such as "The Mike Douglas Show."

Lapine, who has worked with Sondheim on such musicals as "Sunday in the Park With George" and "Passion," has cleverly packaged the revue so it doesn't smack of resume theatrics, even though it is filled with details of Sondheim's personal and professional life. The goal, of course, is to entertain, and besides Cook, the production headlines Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat with assists from Leslie Kritzer, Norm Lewis, Euan Morton, Erin Mackey and Matthew Scott.

It's a diverse cast spanning several generations of musical-theater performers. Some are better served than others, with Cook, Williams and Lewis getting the showiest and most satisfying workouts.

Williams saucily cavorts (and strips) in "Ah, But Underneath," written for the London production of "Follies." Lewis vocally embraces "Being Alive," Sondheim's impassioned hymn to marriage. And Cook remains a wonder. At 82, she has returned to Broadway after too long an absence to deliver a master class in lyric phrasing.

Lapine has chosen more than three dozen songs for the show - not an easy decision considering the wealth of material. They range from a snippet of the first song a very young Sondheim wrote ("I'll Meet You at the Donut" - don't ask) to a number, "The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened," from his most recent musical, "Road Show," seen off-Broadway at the Public Theater in 2008.

Among other things, "Sondheim on Sondheim" celebrates craft and collaboration. And just how much hard work goes into writing a musical. Consider Sondheim's reworking of the opening number for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," the first Broadway show for which he wrote both music and lyrics. It took three tries to get that opening right, and the inspiration came from Jerome Robbins who pointed the composer in the correct direction.

And then there is the private Sondheim - much of the new video was shot in his East Side town house and we get a peek at where the creative process starts. Plus some rather extraordinary comments about his parents - particularly his mother - with whom he had, at best, a precarious, turbulent relationship.

One of the most moving sections of the show is Sondheim's salute to Oscar Hammerstein II. Hammerstein, the father of a boarding-school chum, became a surrogate dad and mentor during Sondheim's teenage years. "That's essentially how I became songwriter," Sondheim says. "Because, I wanted to do what Oscar did."

At one point during the show, Sondheim refers with evident emotion to Hammerstein, the lyricist for such classics as "Carousel," "Oklahoma!" and "South Pacific," as "a remarkable fellow." The same could be said about the man at center stage in "Sondheim on Sondheim," too.


Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Studio 54

(4/22/2010 - 6/27/2010)
Additional orchestrations by: David Dabbon.

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