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The Sondheim Review Summer 2015

Sweeney made me do it! – Opera librettist Mark Campbell on his own creative epiphany

Almost everything I know about writing for opera, I learned from studying Sondheim’s work. Any success I have had is due to him,” Mark Campbell, the highly regarded and prolific librettist of new American opera, said in October 2014, sitting in his Greenwich Village kitchen. He chatted about the singing theatre, American popular culture and […]

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Hug the moment, make it last – 50-years later, actor James Dybas reflects on Do I Hear A Waltz?

“It just transports me back to that time,” James Dybas tells me as we flip through photographs from his Broadway debut in Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’s Do I Hear a Waltz? (marking its 50th anniversary in March 2015). “There I am, barely 21 years old,” he says, “my first Broadway show, with […]

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Golden girl – First to play Squeaky Fromme, actress discusses Sondheim, punk rock and TV

Her idols are two Judys: Garland and Holiday. The former she describes as the “ultimate, original singer, pathos-ridden and anguished,” and the latter as “the quirky doll-like woman.” In a way Broadway, TV and film actress Annie Golden embodies the essence of these two iconic entertainers. Still looking girlish at age 63, the ebullient performer, […]

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Sondheim on the syllabus – Shows offer abundant choices to train young performers

Incorporating Stephen Sondheim’s catalog into the university performing arts training studio can be both exciting and discouraging. This is because even the most basic material would require a fairly sophisticated understanding of vocal music, interpretive skill and acting chops. Those who are rhythmically challenged, requiring melodies doubled in accompaniments or unable to make clear acting […]

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The Sondheim Review Fall 2011

Those beautiful clothes – Follies’ past and present ghosts are wearing Gregg Barnes’ designs

When Eric Schaeffer, the tireless director of the new Kennedy Center production of Follies, first approached Gregg Barnes and asked him about “doing the costumes,” the Tony-Award-winning designer said, “Let’s talk first. Let me do a few sketches, and if this ain’t it, I’ll politely bow out.” Barnes, who cautions he would “sell his mother […]

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