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"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Backlisted

Backlisted

02:10 min | 7 months ago

"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Backlisted

"Well, up above my desk there, I have a lyric from move on, which is the climactic song of Sunday in the park with George. And it's such a simple lyric. And within context, it is the most moving thing I will say it as with a steady voice as I can. It is, and there it is, I'm going to read it off the wall. Anything you do, let it come Then it will be new. Give us more to see. The foremost inspiring lines. For any creative person. Thanks, guys. This has been just amazing. Thank you. Everyone, oh, now I'm getting choked up. It's ridiculous. It's been so much fun. Thank you guys. Thank you so much. John anything you wish to add? No, only that I should be listening to sometime pretty much nonstop all this coming week. Well, listen, we'll see you in a fortnight. Make sure you listen to the very end of this because Steven's got a message for all of us. And we'll see you next time. Thanks very much, everybody. Thanks guys. Bye. I wanted the show above all to tell people that art is not an easy thing to do. There is a natural myth about the artist. I had it myself when I was a kid that you sit in your room with your composer or painter or a writer and wait for the muse to come. And I've heard people say, oh, so and so so talented. As if all they had to do was get up in the morning and the painting was made or the song was written. And they don't understand that it's exactly as much hard work and maybe harder than making a shoe or anything that you make out of nothing..

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"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Backlisted

Backlisted

03:21 min | 7 months ago

"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Backlisted

"Admits that he is very rarely surprised by what an individual performer brings to the work, obviously there are some performances that he prefers to others. But he's not surprised by an interpretation. There's a lovely discussion in the book about into the Woods and Joanna gleeson, who plays the baker's wife into the Woods as a show about 5 interlocked fairytales and most of them are traditional like Cinderella, but he and his the rest is James the pine created a fairytale of their own about a baker and his wife. And they're played by chip Zion and Joanna gleason. And at some point in rehearsals, because her character feels more urban and to a degree obeying than the fairytale characters, she said, I feel like I'm in the wrong story. At which point a lightbulb went off in his head and went, oh, yes. And he then wrote a lyric where she thinks I'm in the wrong story and that's a case of being surprised by an actor. But mostly he's not surprised because he has worked in such granular detail about, as we just heard, inflection, intention, idea, expression, I once taught a masterclass to some musical theater students. And I said, you know, people say that sometimes is hard to sing. Actually, I think if you've got ears, sometimes it's an awful lot easier to sing than plenty of other contemporary composers because there's so much there for you to listen to take on board and then present because you've got what's happening in the harmony, what's happening in the melody, what's happening in the lyric? What's happening in the story, and if you listen to all of those things and put them all together pardon the pun, then you can express it as opposed to a song which is incredibly vague and just goes, I love you, I love you. I don't know why I love you. I love you. I love you. As an actor, you have to go on earth am I going to do for three minutes where I keep saying the same thing? I don't think you love me, David. I think you're not since zero. Well, listen, perhaps sometimes most recorded song? I don't know. Famous song is send in the clowns. And we've got a clip Jason found this for us, everybody. This is totally Jason's hard digging found this. This is the south bank show in 1984. And what you're going to hear is sometimes tutoring a couple of female things. The second which is very young Jay Griffiths. On how to sing one specific phrase in send in the clowns. And this is one of those moments where sometimes the most charming monster. Everywhere a.

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"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Backlisted

Backlisted

05:12 min | 7 months ago

"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Backlisted

"No idea about the meat pie. When you know me, broccoli is just popping to my head. Not keep thinking. When misses lovett, at the end of the first act, I'm getting a chill as I think about it. That very first preview misses lovet gets her ID and there's a little note in the art. She says, well, you know me, broad idea is just popping to me and I was thinking and the entire audience went. And they started screaming with laughter because they had no idea that it was going to be this outrageous notion of cannibalism. What is that? It's priest. Have a little prince. Is it really good? That is too good, at least. Then again, they don't come medicines all the flesh. So it's pretty fresh..

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"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Backlisted

Backlisted

05:19 min | 7 months ago

"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Backlisted

"I'd always thought all those years that, like so many parent child relationships, it was misplaced or misguided love. It was all, you know, about my father, and she didn't know where to place her funeral. Then I realized she never wanted me on earth. I was an inconvenience. As they say. David, the reason why I wanted to hear that apart from the insouciance with which Sondheim characteristically tells that brutal story is to say that sometimes mentoring just tell us who was Stephen Sondheim, where did he come from? So he is born and brought up in New York City in the initially in the SanRemo building, which is on Central Park west. Very beautiful art deco building. He is the son of Herbert, who is a dress successful dress manufacturer and Janet, sometimes foxy as she was known. And she designed the dresses. And it was all very successful. However, he undergoes the divorce of his parents when he is ten. And his mother gets custody. It's a very, as that clip would indicate it's a very tricky relationship. And when he's 11, he meets Oscar Hammerstein, who is huge in musical theater and Steve gets sort of enveloped into the family and hamstring becomes his surrogate parent, but also becomes his teacher and mentor. Has often said, if he'd been a geologist, I would have been a geologist. It so happened. He was a songwriter. Sometimes is musically gifted. He takes piano lessons early on. He then gets lessons from Hammerstein in to how to write for musical theater. And he writes a show it doesn't get put on. It's called Saturday night. The first show he does put on is a little known show called west side story, for which he writes the lyrics to a score by the impossibly famous already than it Bernstein. On the break. And yeah, he has a very, very lucky break. And goes on to write many, many more shows he writes. One more show, which we'll come to as a lyricist and then pretty much throughout writes his own music as well. And David, I want to move back to the books in a minute, but just in a nutshell. What is it that sometimes does from the 70s onwards? You know, we've talked about people will look at west side story on they'll perhaps not see how revolutionary it was in its day. But nevertheless, when Sondheim is working on his own and he's teams up with Hal prince, what is it that makes him so important in the history of not just musical theater but the theater in the 70s and 80s? From 1970 to 1981, he and Hal prince revolutionize what musical theater is and what musical theater can do in terms of subject matter in terms of tone in terms.

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"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Backlisted

Backlisted

04:43 min | 7 months ago

"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Backlisted

"You don't have to get your value for money from the hatbox. So I genuinely do not know of any other artist who has written a handbook to their craft. That goes anywhere near approaching this for its kind of wide shot and close up. David, do you know when they were written approximately or how long sometimes took? Several years. He's on record as saying that it was 14 years between the commission and the first publication. So clearly, goodness. Stephen Sondheim, given the given the project, would you like to publish on lyrics? He went, yeah, sure. Hang on. Give me a decade and a half and I'll just have some thoughts about them. I mean, he didn't even work quickly, did he. And it shows because everything is so very, very 900 pages. I think it's like 900 pages and I might be able to do it. Nothing about this book feels like, hey, should we stick out your lyrics? Can you give me a few months? I'll do an introduction. I just want to emphasize this point before I asked David about Sondheim himself. John, you hadn't read these books before, had you? And I'm really, I want to capture your experience. You had talked about one of them, perhaps finishing the hat on, and I remember being struck by the bit that you read, thinking, oh, that's.

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"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Backlisted

Backlisted

02:05 min | 7 months ago

"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Backlisted

"Jason I'll start with you. When did you first read or hear about these books finishing the hat and look I made a hat by Stephen Sondheim? A friend of mine pointed them out to me when I was at a point where I wouldn't shut up about some time. And he said, when he really want to, if you really ought to see these books and I wasn't really aware of them at the time, but I found them and got them and they're just extraordinary. I don't want to go in with both feet at the deep end too soon. But the thing is that this is, if you wanted a book about well, a book from a create how do we do this? So you take someone who is one of the most extraordinary imaginations in creative forces that has ever drawn breath. And then say, would you mind putting everything you did down for us in these books and then taking the back off the clock for the entire thing as well as saying, here's how I did it. Here are all my worksheets. It's phenomenal. There's a trick that the magicians pen and teller do, which I think is called lift off or blast off, where they do a version of that trick where someone gets into a box and they're separated into three pieces and then they're reassembled. And they do the trick and then they do it in perspex boxes. So you can see the entire trick being done. And it's more impressive when you know how it's done than when you see it as a performed effect. And that's what I think these books are doing. These books are saying, here we go, let me take the back of the clock for you. I'll show you how it's done. And you say, well, hang on, it was good in the first place and now it's extraordinary. In his introduction to the first volume finishing the hat..

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"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Backlisted

Backlisted

05:08 min | 7 months ago

"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Backlisted

"Arts programs, he is writing the authorized biography of Stephen Sondheim. That's fortunate. What a lie. He's ordinary. Yes, he's like Billy Preston. He's just one little of the streets. We've got The Beatles in Nicki, got The Beatles all The Beatles in. David also plays a bull Chester echoes redoubtable and feared theater critic tristram hawkshaw. We love AKA Linda Snell's nemesis on the arches brilliant goodness me. David, my question to you, if you could choose only one which is your favorite Sondheim score or show. This is very difficult. But I will say I will opt for bests score as distinct from best show and the best score for me is merely rode along. The last number in the show, which is a huge emotional climax is a so called our time. And it's a song of infinite hope, sung by people who, at the start of the show, you have seen much later in life. They've really compromised themselves and the show tracks backwards to this moment where they all meet for the first time on a roof. And they become friends and you see all the hope and all the innocents. And whenever I hear that song, if it just comes up on my headphones, if I'm traveling somewhere at random, it makes me cry. I think it's wonderful. The show as a show, I don't think fully works for reasons one could get into and go on about at length. But I'll just leave it at that. I'm worried this is gonna be a hard one this show. I just think people won't talk. Thank you, David. The resurgent guest is Jason hasley, who appeared on the 13th episode of battle listed. Back in 2016, 6 years ago to discuss nasty book for boys and girls by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. Jason has two hats. One labeled musician and the other writer. As a musician in his music musicians hat. He has played with Porter's head and the British power orchestra, and with his writer hat, he has written for Charlie brooker.

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"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Popcast

Popcast

07:23 min | 8 months ago

"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Popcast

"Songs on Broadway today were either encouraged or specifically helped along the way by being given jobs as say a rehearsal pianist or a dance arranger by Sondheim either on his shows or recommending them to other shows. And then just you can't underestimate what it means to get an answering machine message or a letter from Stephen Sondheim saying that was great. You're doing the kind of thing that makes me want to keep writing when you're 25. That's an amazing thing. And we've been seeing on Twitter all week, just hundreds of these testimonials to what such letters and messages meant to so many people. Stylistically, I'm not sure I hear much anymore. I felt like it was bigger in the 90s and maybe early years. And I think in the past decade, it has kind of moved away a bit. It doesn't have to be in the same musical style. It's the approach. Okay, well, right. I guess I was referring more specifically to musical style. I don't think he'd even want his particular musical language to be the one that these younger people are working with. Well, I don't think anybody wants to be imitated necessarily, but it's just going to happen. Well, it's too hard to imitate sometime. I think in a very inadvertently may have created a few monsters because the imitators are just awful. Absolutely awful. When it's bad, want to be somebody, it's just, oh my God, it's really like it's nails on a blackboard for me. Okay, so if we are going to close out with a philosophically simpatico but not nails on blackboard, new or newish composer, who should we go out with and what should we hear? I think the most sound behind the show in what we might call the post on time years, which is not to say since his death, but let's say in the last decade or so is grey gardens by Scott frankel and Michael corria as I mentioned. And I know for a fact that sometime adored two of the great songs in that show want a ballad and one a charm number, the ballot is called will you and the charm numbers called the revolutionary costume for today. And they're both quite brilliant and very much in this mode, although they don't musically recall him. But it's in the cleverness, the seriousness, the psychological layering, the attention to how to use rhyme to underline meaning and not just to tickle the ear for no reason. All of those things are present in that show and in particular in those songs. That's my go. Sounds good. That sounds good until you hear it. Yeah. Oh. Wow. Well, I didn't know that we were going to I didn't know that we were going to end on gunfire, but okay. That was our show. Thankfully, we are remote. So Jesse and Elizabeth are in different rooms in different cities, so they don't have to. That's the best part. The best part is having spirited arguments about music. Otherwise music is dead. Yeah, so but I'm glad because I would still like to have both of you survived this episode. So I appreciate thank you, Elizabeth. Thank you, Jessie. Listen to every podcast ever and why times dot com slash pop gas. Get on Facebook group, get in the Discord, email me, podcasts and what time dot com. Subscribe anywhere you get your audio that's Spotify, Apple, stitcher, our producers, Pedro rosa from headset media. We'll be back next week. This is the revolutionary.

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Stephen Sondheim Achieved More by Age 27 Than Most Do in a Lifetime

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00:44 sec | 9 months ago

Stephen Sondheim Achieved More by Age 27 Than Most Do in a Lifetime

"I will talk to you tomorrow on tomorrow's Patreon about meeting the great Steven Sondheim. It was a brief meeting. I'm not going to say I knew him. It wasn't that kind of thing. But his death is really an, but he wasn't young, you know, he was in his 90s. That's going to happen, but I just can't believe what this guy accomplished. I don't think enough of us know what he actually did. At such a young age, to come out of to be 25 or 26 years old and write west side story. And then the next year, write gypsy. You kidding me? That's a career for most people. He did that before he reached 27 years old.

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"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Pop Culture Happy Hour

Pop Culture Happy Hour

04:55 min | 9 months ago

"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Pop Culture Happy Hour

"So what? The choice may have been mistaken the choosing was not. You have to fall. He in addition to having this lyrical sophistication could deliver these little nuggets that you just go back to over and over and over again that you could use as a handy little motto for your life, like the moment and move on when this woman who is encouraging this artist says, I chose in my life was shaken. So what the choice may have been mistaken the choosing was not. And that is the kind of thing that you will find. I think about quotes all the time. That same verse in my notes. I was going to bring that up. That is such an upwelling of empathy from a dude who has a poorly deserved rep for intellectual coldness. It's just so warm. Well, I'm glad you both mentioned that because for me, my earliest connection to Sondheim besides west side story. And that was before I even really knew who Sondheim was, was into the Woods. And I remember watching the live performance that was recorded. The first thing I thought, when I found out that sometime had passed, was this lyric that I constantly go back to from no one is alone. Sometimes people leave you halfway through the wood. Others may deceive you, you decide what's good. It just pierces me to my core sometimes when I think about it when I'm dealing with someone disappointing me, someone making me upset or just a moment where I feel alone, it is one of those songs that I think it's sound so simple, but it is so complex in terms of offering that empathy offering that compassion, the part I actually want to play is even though that other lyric really gets me, I think this one just kind of hits in a really, really deep space. This is actually Bernadette Peters performing it in a live performance. She doesn't sing the song in the show because that is sung by the baker and Cinderella. But I.

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"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Pop Culture Happy Hour

Pop Culture Happy Hour

05:30 min | 9 months ago

"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Pop Culture Happy Hour

"Alone. I love the fact that the assertions in it are so simple. Make me confused, mock me with praise, let me be used very my days, which is just like, so I'm not bored. Like love me so I'm not bored. And yet it's incredibly profound and powerful. And by the way, raul Esparza, I was just reading in an interview yesterday, learned to play piano in order to play that on stage as Bobby because that revival had people playing instruments. I want to talk about his playfulness for a bit. The song is called you're only as old as you look, and it was written as a birthday gift to his friend Julian Beatty junior who was turning 39. You're going to hear sometimes actual own thin reedy voice performing this number. Are more lines than they say on the stage it's not the sign of sorrow or disgrace. It's a the way he hits the word age. Can you hear the pride? Can you hear the pure joy in going all in on the word age when you're talking about somebody who is turning 39 years old and then later in the song he says, there's lots of memories in that brain. Tell us about your adventures in the war in Spain and he hit Spain just as hard. It's so good. It's so good. He's a famous crossword puzzle fan and he loved word games and it's just all over his work. You know, one of the things I love about him too, I think it's hard to find anybody who has had sort of the combined successes of being very thematically sophisticated, right? Talking about, as we said, regret, if you look at something like Sunday in the park with George, complicated feelings about how to live one's life and what the cost is of following passions and things like that. Popularity, he has made things that have been produced over and over and over again. Things like into the Woods are beloved by tons and tons of people and produce all over the place. Musically sophisticated, critically acclaimed, but also so ambitious that mixed reviews were I would say more the rule than the exception at the time I'm talking about when they first came out. Mixed reviews for company mixed reviews for lots and lots of things, and merrily we roll along which famously critically and commercially flopped immediately closed after a few weeks. And has been kind of rediscovered only in recent years. So it's this combination of kind of resilience, which is another one of the themes that you get in Sunday. Is this resilience of art and just also being super popular? Like this idea that he's just for sophisticates is not true. The guy wrote the lyrics of west side story. The guy has written things that people sing at home, despite the fact that he also wrote a lot of other stuff that is not catchy, not catchy. Yeah. I mean, if you just look at the remembrances that poured in over the weekend, they were from every corner of life, Mindy Kaling. There's a clip going around of him talking to Stephen Colbert and earlier this year. And Paul McCartney tweeted about how much he loves on time. So he touched every corner of popular culture. And he also never really did the same thing twice. When you look at all of the themes and the subject matters that he took on, they all very, so widely, Sunday in the park, obviously, is sort of who would think that this would make a good musical, and yet it does. It is wild. And I think that that is another huge part of it is legacy and why he will live on forever. I know that sounds so weird, but yeah, and another thing I want to hear is how deeply he understood performers. Even if he didn't write a song for a specific performer, his work had the ability to kind of find the performer who would make it iconic, such that you will always associate that performer with that song and vice versa. Barbara cook, losing my mind. Link's rich, ladies or lunch, Bernadette Peters, children will listen, Angela Lansbury and pretty much everything in sweat, but I'm thinking of worst pies in London. Zero mustel, comedy tonight. And join a gleason from moments in the wood from into the Woods, and finally, here's Donna Murphy performing could I leave you from follies? It is for most of the song, such a controlled and very precise takedown of an happy marriage and a character is dripping with such pure disdain for.

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"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Pop Culture Happy Hour

Pop Culture Happy Hour

01:53 min | 9 months ago

"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Pop Culture Happy Hour

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"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Pop Culture Happy Hour

Pop Culture Happy Hour

08:09 min | 9 months ago

"stephen sondheim" Discussed on Pop Culture Happy Hour

"Hey, ayesha. Hey, there Linda. So composer, Steven Sondheim died on Friday, he was 91 and where to start Steven Sondheim was mentored by Oscar Hammerstein. The lyricist behind the king and I and South Pacific and the sound of music among other things, sometimes had his first successes on Broadway writing the lyrics for west side story and gypsy. Then he wrote the music and lyrics for shows, including, but not limited to deep breath here. Company follies, a little night music, Pacific overtures, sweat, Sunday in the park with George into the Woods and assassins. Sometimes enormous influence has been acknowledged explicitly by lots and lots of composers and lyricists, including Jason Robert Brown, who wrote the last 5 years, Jonathan Larson, who wrote rent, and one, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who managed to get and answering machine cameo from Sondheim into his recent Larson film adaptation tick boom. Glenn, people have very different entry points for Sondheim. What was yours? Oh, I remember seeing a PBS broadcast of Sweeney Todd that rocked my world is a very young boy. And this is a huge loss to understate it. I mean, he changed the face of musical theater. He also changed how we approach it. It went from being light entertainment to something that had the ability suddenly to encompass more of our collective lived experience. So it did become more Chewy and intellectual. That's what a lot of folks are saying. But I would argue that it also heal out it to have the capacity to address surprisingly raw and intense and really dark emotional stuff. This notion of him being non emotional is kind of bunk. He was grappling with you could argue exactly the kind of dark, complicated stuff that musicals were intended to distract us all from, right? Like mortality, and infidelity, a lot of infidelity. And murder, lots of that. People who say they don't like musicals, they'll give you lots of reasons, but they're always going to come back to this notion that an emotion can be so intense that mere reality can not contain it and people have to burst in song. They just don't trust it. And maybe there's a reason for that because prior to Sondheim, the kind of emotion that came bursting out tended to be very clear, pure, simple emotions that welled up and spilled outward onto the stage. Like some enchanted evening, I could have danced all night, oh what a beautiful morning. Sometimes work, traffic in, and I think you could also say, is weighted with ambiguity ambivalence. Things like regret and melancholy, which are shades of emotion that don't come spelling out all over the stage because the impulse when you're singing them in most cases isn't outward. It's inward. His songs are cross sections of his characters. Their emotional autopsies, they're in many cases, their therapy sessions basically. So they're doing what interior monologue doesn't fiction allows us to see the world through his character's eyes. And just like in fiction, how a character's feeling changes and shapes how they express what they're feeling, right? So in musicals, it changes what key they sing in, how complicated the rhymes are, where the lyric sits, how long individual verses are. And throughout his life, he was often asked if he starts with the lyric or the melody. And he would always empty it diplomatically, but you could tell he didn't quite understand the question because he tended to write them together. The song getting married today is a very famous Petter song from the musical company. It is sung by a nervous bride, right before she may or may not get married. And it is the perfect encapsulation of racing thoughts and panic. This version is sung by the great and good metal and con and it's easily my favorite version and maybe you'll figure out why. Miss everybody, I'm afraid you didn't hear? Do you want to see a crazy, then you fall apart? But if you just normally follow maybe ruining his life, and you know what the fuck he's losing all right? I did this. I tell him my analyst about it. And he said to see a Monday by Monday, I'll be floating in the Hudson with the other garbage. I'm not well, so I'm not getting married. You can smell all right, you notice how she pulled I'm not well out of the verse, just kind of lifted it out, so we could speak it as opposed to pattering it. She did that for a reason because what that ends up doing is showing you that she knows exactly what's going on, and she knows that she's not well, but most people who sing that song they just kind of lied over it. It's part of the verse. By pulling it out of the verse, and this is something that he did. He gave his performers a lot of wiggle room to find things in the music that he had put in there kind of implicitly. To me, I've heard a lot of performers sing that song, and I think that almost none of them get absolutely all the pieces of it because my theory about that song is it is essentially unsingable on purpose because she is so nervous and frantic to try to get the speed of that and the phrasing and it doesn't really have spaces for breaths and to get the actual music of it. There's actually a great clip from the DA penny baker documentary, original cast album company. And Beth Howland, who, by the way, Vera from Alice. Was the originator of this role on Broadway, and there's a little bit where she has been trying to perform this song. And he comes to her and they begin to speak about her performance a little bit. I think we can go off to better start, don't you? I don't want to upset you, but I'd love to have the let me hear it once. How would that be? Sometimes is the one who breaks in there with. I don't want to upset you, but I'd love to have the tune. And it's because almost every performance that you hear, like I said, either there's a running out of breath or a gasp for breath. And I think one of the reasons why I'm Madeline Kahn speaks that phrase is also because you're trying to bring it a little bit under control because it's basically unsinkable. Yeah, I mean, one of the things that I really appreciate about Sondheim and I remember when I was in acting school and college. And one of the things that we were taught was that with Shakespeare, it's all in the text. There may be different ways to interpret it. But Shakespeare gives you everything you need in the text. And I don't think it's hyperbole to say that was up there in that same category of all of his lyrics, like you said Glenn, very introspective, very existentialist to summit degree. And I think that the way in which something like getting married today, it is unsinkable, but that is the point, and it's also just speaks to the way in which so much of Sondheim is, yes, there's lyrics yes, there's melody, but it's also these could be monologues. You could extract these from the show and perform them as monologues. And I think for an actor, what more could you want? It forces you to actually act. And these aren't just platitudes. These aren't just songs about love. Their songs about pretending you're in love or thinking you're in love and how things switch in the middle of these songs. One of my favorite songs from that show is Barcelona. And I think part of that is because this is one of those songs where so many Sondheim songs. There's a progression. There is a journey. Sometimes the journey is small, sometimes the journey is big. And here this is one of to me the most relatable journeys. That sometimes ever composed because you have Bobby and he has multiple relationships in the show. In case you're not familiar with company, this is about a man who's about to turn the 35 and he is having a crisis because all of his best friends are married and he's trying to figure out why he hasn't been able to find love what's holding him back. You know, totally normal feelings and a lot of people have especially in the early 20s and 30s. And in Barcelona, one of the women he's dating April, you go through this journey where she is a flight attendant. She's about to leave. And he's sort of faking this desire for her not to leave. And throughout the song, he at one point calls her June, and she has to correct him. By the end of the song, she decides, actually, I'm gonna stay. Okay. What? House.

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"stephen sondheim" Discussed on WTOP

WTOP

02:53 min | 9 months ago

"stephen sondheim" Discussed on WTOP

"Your free estimate today It's two 11 Police opened fire early Saturday morning on a man in an anacostia They were responding to a call after being told someone was being attacked and there was gunfire happened at around one 30 on Chester street Police found 49 year old Donald Willis junior armed with a rifle The officer fired when Willis failed to respond to commands to drop the rifle Willis wasn't hit he got into a car drove away later crashed the car Recovered from that accident scene was another firearm An additional items in heaven D.C. police executive assistant chief ashan Benedict Police recovered the rifle in the second gun that Willis allegedly threw away Willis is facing multiple gun charges as you can imagine One man has been taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries and a woman is in police custody after a shooting in manassas Saturday night Prince William county police say the shooting happened on Bradford lane off holy road They say the woman lived in the same home with the victim but did not disclose the nature of their relationship Police tell W TOP the woman called them after the shooting Broadway and all lovers of musical theater are mourning the loss of a great this weekend Stephen Sondheim died suddenly Friday at 91 a theater in Arlington had a special connection to him How much of a shock and herd was it to learn of Steven Sondheim's death Every word that you come up with to explain how this feels feels insufficient and yet at the same time he gave us so many wonderful words to live by Matthew Gardner is the artistic director of signature theater in Arlington which has produced a Sondheim show nearly every year since its version of this So we need Tod in 1991 It was really well received and then after that just every season we've done a different Sondheim for the most part He's been hugely important to us and is definitely signature signature Signature even established a Sondheim award in 2009 calling it a tribute to America's most influential contemporary musical theater composer Sandy cosell P news It's two 13 rising seas and heavy range could threaten some of the nation's most beloved museums At the Smithsonian's national museum of American history water already can make its way into the basement where many of the museum's treasures are stored and can also come in through ground level windows Workers have been using sandbags and garbage cans to keep items safe The Smithsonian museums sit on what was once marshland and long-term scientists say water will push in from the title Potomac river and at times submerge parts of the national mall The New York Times reports Smithsonian leaders want to build floodgates and move some collections to a proposed site in suitland but Congress has yet to fund many of the efforts John Aaron WTO P news coming up on will tell you about a man who was shot and killed in the district on a Saturday afternoon It's two 14.

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"stephen sondheim" Discussed on WTOP

WTOP

02:30 min | 9 months ago

"stephen sondheim" Discussed on WTOP

"After repeated commands the officer at least one officer discharged their firearm at this individual Individual was able to drop their weapon got in the vehicle fled the location and crashed a vehicle After a search police took Willis into custody and they say they recovered a second gun he discarded when fleeing the scene Willis was not hit by the officer's gunfire and no officers were injured A one man's been taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries and a woman is in police custody after a shooting in manassas this evening Prince William county police say that shooting happened on Bradford laying off holy road Police say she knew the shooting victim and lived in the same home but their exact relationship was not disclosed Police tell W TOP the woman called them after the shooting It's 9 11 Not only are the major Broadway stars who worked with him mourning the loss of legendary composer Stephen Sondheim but so too our staffers and audiences of a theater in Arlington The first time signature theater artistic director Matthew Gardner met Stephen Sondheim he was nervous and impressed with how the brilliant composer treated him Young man who showed up to give him a ride from the train station He just made everyone feel at ease and he understood the power he had when he was around theater people And he was a wonderful mentor and he loved young people and he was a wonderful guy Somebody need me too much This is from the Sondheim show company Signature tries to do a Sondheim show every season at its Arlington theater and will continue to do so The coming seasons will definitely have a lot of songhai As we continue to carry on his legacy Sandy cosell news Some of the Smithsonian's treasures are said to be at risk because of climate change Most immediately increasingly heavy rainstorms threaten the museums on the national mall and their priceless holdings especially since many are stored in basements The New York Times reports water is already intruding into the basement of the American history museum and coming in through ground level windows forcing workers to use sandbags and garbage cans to keep items safe Long-term scientists say rising water levels will at times submerge parts of them all Smithsonian leaders want to build floodgates and other defenses and move some collections to a proposed site in suitland but Congress has yet to fund many of those efforts John Aaron WT open news First Lady Jill Biden will welcome Christmas to The White House on Monday That's when she will unveil The White House holiday theme and decor for this season A National Guard family will join.

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Musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim dies at 91

AP News Radio

00:43 sec | 9 months ago

Musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim dies at 91

"Hi Mike Rossi a reporting towering musical theater master Stephen Sondheim has died I comic songwriter Stephen Sondheim a giant in American musical theater has died attorney Rick Pappas told The New York Times Sondheim died Friday at his home in Roxbury Connecticut he was ninety one Sondheim who was taught by the legendary Oscar Hammerstein wrote the lyrics for nineteen fifties American stage classics West Side Story and gypsy early in his career six of Sondheim's musicals won Tony awards for best score he received the Pulitzer Prize for something in the park an academy award for the song sooner or later from the film Dick Tracy five Olivier awards and the presidential medal of honor hi

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Look, I Made a Hat! (Stephen Sondheim)

Miss Information: A Trivia Podcast

04:44 min | 2 years ago

Look, I Made a Hat! (Stephen Sondheim)

"Hello and welcome to misinformation Trivia podcast for ladies and Gents, and whoever who? what I lost my train of vodka. Feed Trivia Quiz Yeah like Trivia. Teams in Trivia. Listened this podcast. We are hosts I'm Lauren Julia. Yeah when you. Layered half to oh, God. We've been doing this for like almost three years now. I know it's kind of amazing. So good that we're both organized. People are else. This would not have happened for as long as. Know. Basically doing a book report every week for three years. Who knew that we loved book reports so much, so we decided to like a side hobby. So speaking of book reports actually mine is a pretty today my topic is. As Book Report he is. It's GONNA get for the most part this weekend next and my next topic the week after next I think is going to be very very like middle school. This is my. This is my report on so and so. But. Today I decided to do a little a little something different for all Lt. I've I'm expanding my my my mind and my different areas, and like going back in time to where where I was like where I wasn't high school, and what my where my interest lied, so. Today my topic is going to be on Sondheim. is to make. DIS lunch everybody La. So. Caveat. About Sante time. Your girl Lauren is recovering musical theater nerd. I cannot sing which I think. Where a lot of my resentment lies about musical theater, so I used to be super musical theater, and then I was not, and I am to this day like very uncomfortable with musicals, so I am not super familiar with Sondheim like the nitty gritty about it so I will not be. You know giving you personal stories about things, but I will say son. Heim has been involved with both one of my favorite musicals and my most hated musical, the musical I hate more than anything in the whole wide World Flint. Let's just get into it. Shall we please? Stephen Joshua Sondheim was born march twenty, second, nineteen thirty. He is still alive. He's ninety this year. Yep and we'll talk about that in a minute, but He was born into a Jewish family in new. York City the son of Janet and Herbert Sondheim. His father manufactured dresses designed by his mother. and. The composer grew up on the upper west side of Manhattan and after his parents divorced on a farm near Doylestown Pennsylvania so he was an only child of well-to-do parents, and he lived in the San. Remo on Central Park West and was described in Merrill. seacrest biography, which is called Stephen Sondheim a life. He was an isolated, emotionally neglected child. Perfect for. Perfect for musical theatre Yep he traces his interest in theater to warm for May, which was a broadway musical. He saw when he was nine quote. The curtain went up and reveal the piano. sondheim recalled a Butler to the duster and brushed it up tinkling the keys. I thought that was thrilling. He attended the New York. Military Academy and George School, which was a private quaker preparatory school in Bucks County Pennsylvania. When Sondheim was ten years old, his father already, a distant figure had left his mother for another woman. Herbert sought custody of Steven, but was unsuccessful. sondheim explained it biographer secrets that he was what they called an institutionalized child, meaning one who had no contact with any kind of family. You're in though its luxurious, you're in an environment that supplies you with everything, but human contact, no brothers and sisters, no parents, and yet plenty to eat and friends to play with and a warm bed, you know. SONDHEIM detested his mother, who is said to be psychologically abusive and projected her anger from her failed marriage onto her son. He said when my father left her. She substituted me for him and she used me the way she used him to. Come onto and berate. beat up on. You see what she did for five years is treat me like dirt, but come on to me at the same time. She wants wrote him a letter I know. She wants wrote him a letter, saying that the quote only regrets, she ever had was giving him birth.

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"stephen sondheim" Discussed on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM

KIRO Radio 97.3 FM

02:42 min | 2 years ago

"stephen sondheim" Discussed on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM

"It was a really a nice weekend and it was capped with the S. Stephen Sondheim thing last night hundred thousand people tuned in hi having gone through a bunch of additions and stuff for her shows that's pretty much the way it is when you know you walk in and the person says what he gonna do I sit and do something from merrily we roll along or whatever okay what song is it that you hand the poor cut meanness the music and the at that point he rolls his eyes like I know this one that's what I like it I'll do it in the queue to see like okay and then the people because they know every every song and they use yes in bars and sometimes it lets you get through sixteen bars and other times you get like you know four bars in into like thank you thank you know that's that's a great thank you and if you're unfamiliar with a son and he's like the opposite of Andrew Lloyd Webber he's not full of romantic suites it's his songs are all about ambivalence and you know you like a character be singing one thing you know that you're laughing at him for thinking that he's thinking that or the character himself is reflecting on it it's a very sophisticated you know Broadway style it's not your typical anti you know Beltre kind of right musician by the way I act are you gonna give me credit for liking Sondheim but not giving me credit for disliking the light house yes I will that makes up for not liking the White House fifty K. did enough about this to get enough to appreciate the subtlety of a lighthouse but somehow I regain it as my love for some channel stole ten for John they always do dumb we need to do a night of you and I'd just singing Sondheim exactly charge yeah but the two of us it would cost them all into golf anybody within earshot there right now a very high cost it's so funny that you and I both share just I don't know what it is the romantic in me in the romantic in you and all sophisticated you understand the lyrics and how one rolls into the next it really is great okay so I don't have others in the run down here to check of Senate to mean that pops up on the screen now okay so Hannah Scott's gonna join us to talk about the fact that the governor had a press conference at two thirty and we've been waiting for this waiting for this that I don't think it was the pressure of the fishing protest that took place the little rallies that took place over the last couple of days but it seems like things are starting to loosen up a little bit and I didn't hear the entire press conference did Hannah Scott get a question in let's go now to find out from Hannah Scott Hey Hey.

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Stephen Sondheim gets starry but tardy 90th birthday concert

Leo Laporte

00:39 sec | 2 years ago

Stephen Sondheim gets starry but tardy 90th birthday concert

"A ninetieth birthday tribute is being held on line for a Broadway hit maker take me to the world as a free virtual concert saluting Stephen Sondheim on Broadway dot com's YouTube channel the event is hosted by Raul Esparza who starred in the two thousand six revival of Sondheim's hit musical company also set to perform America St Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin among others Sondheim wrote the lyrics for West Side Story in gypsies also the composer for Sunday in the park with George Sweeney Todd in a little night music bill Stewart KFI

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Stephen Sondheim gets starry but tardy 90th birthday concert

The House Whisperer

00:37 sec | 2 years ago

Stephen Sondheim gets starry but tardy 90th birthday concert

"A ninetieth birthday tribute is being held online for Broadway hit maker take me to the world as a free virtual concert saluting Stephen Sondheim on Broadway dot com's YouTube channel the event is hosted by role Esparza who starred in the two thousand six revival of Sondheim's hit musical company also set to perform a Meryl Streep Peters and Mandy Patinkin among others Sondheim wrote the lyrics for West Side Story in gypsies also the composer for Sunday in the park with George Sweeney Todd in a little night

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"stephen sondheim" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

04:53 min | 2 years ago

"stephen sondheim" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Of the Stephen Sondheim musical into the woods did Stephen Sondheim work with you on that a little bit what he did was he he wrote me a new song that we've recorded but was taken out of the movie because the length but he played it for me in his apartment and saying it to me I mean it's one of the great most cherished memories of my life is just that little hallowed afternoon where he played this magical thing for me and and I think he's our great composer area the musical theater yes it was like in a month I could die now do you know where you are singing as yourself because I've only seen you sing in character again when you're at the one you're in like a rock musical you know Ricki and the flash and yeah in postcards from the edge you're singing more I don't know that somewhere between like well there's a country western song and then there's a more you know yeah and postcards yeah yeah so it's like I don't know I don't have a sense of like if I said and tonight Meryl Streep in concert I don't know what you're saying or how you sound well it would be a very good show I don't know I I don't really isn't a warmer yes it's like well one Christmas I remember when I was twelve my mother decided to in front of the whole family the gathered family increase including my formidable grandmother made me she said Meryl saying oh oh holy night in French and I'll sing it now I have never if I ever have to play a person who is overcome with fear and terror I go back to that moment because I was just I haven't had any trouble singing in the in the Christmas concert but standing in the living room in front of my whole family all my me no annoying brothers and my cousins and everybody looking at me I just went crazy I just was like shaking a member Sheikh everything shaking and I thought I don't like this feeling I think I think I'm not a natural performer I think I'm an actor well getting back to music I want to play something else and this is from post cards postcards from the edge which was made in nineteen ninety directed by the now late Mike Nichols based on a book by Carrie Fisher by Carrie Fisher yes and and it's it's kind of it's kind of biographical so you've been in rehab you're kind of trying to figure out your life in this your character and your mother who is modeled on Carrie Fisher's mother Debbie Reynolds is a singer and performer who is big in musicals in the fifties and sixties you've been living with her there's a party at her place and you're asked to sing it's funny that ice book about my that moment in my grandmother's house because it was very similar Shirley MacLaine places of my mother she makes me do this and I've just gotten out of rehab and my characters very to hinder and raw and sheep for kind of more or less forces me to to get up in front of all these people and saying so that's it's very it deflected in sort of a lot of excuses built into singing something that actually means something and and still it's almost this little tiny voice from from somewhere deep inside and then mother gets up and sings Stephen Sondheim I'm still here throws her legs up on that yeah I know it's the red sequined dress and it's just blows her daughter out of the water once again I really like your performance in that you've been living with her there's a party at her place and you're asked to sing so you go up to I forget if it's a guitarist or pianist and you start working working it out yes with yeah and the sun is you don't know me so here's Meryl Streep from postcards from the edge okay and to me the returns to and then you say hello yeah.

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"stephen sondheim" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

04:51 min | 2 years ago

"stephen sondheim" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Into the woods did Stephen Sondheim work with you on that a little bit what he did was he he wrote me a new song that we've recorded but was taken out of the movie because the length but he played it for me in his apartment and saying it to me I mean it's one of the great most cherished memories of my life is just that little hallowed afternoon where he played this magical thing for me and and I think he's our great composer area the musical theater yes it was like in a month I could die now do you know who you are singing as yourself because I've only seen you sing in character and in one year it when you're in like a rock musical you know Ricki and the flash and yeah in postcards from the edge you're singing more I don't know but so was routine like well there's a country western song and then there's a more you know yeah and postcards yeah yeah so like I don't know I don't have a sense of like if I said and tonight Meryl Streep in concert I don't know what you're saying or how you sound well it would be a very good show I don't know why I don't really isn't a warmer yes it's like well one Christmas I remember when I was twelve my mother decided to in front of the whole family the gathered family increase including my formidable grandmother made me she said Meryl sank oh oh holy night in French and I'll sing it now I have never if I ever have to play a person who is overcome with fear and terror I go back to that moment because I was just I haven't had any trouble singing in the in the Christmas concert but standing in the living room in front of my whole family all my me no annoying brothers and my cousins and everybody looking at me I just went crazy I just was like shaking a membership everything shaking and I thought I don't like this feeling I think I think I'm not a natural performer I think I'm an actor well getting back to music I want to play something else and this is from post cards postcards from the edge which was made in nineteen ninety directed by the now late Mike Nichols based on a book by Carrie Fisher Carrie Fisher yes and and it's it's kind of it's kind of biographical so you've been in rehab you're kind of trying to figure out your life in this your character and your mother who is modeled on Carrie Fisher's mother Debbie Reynolds is a singer and performer who is big in musicals in the fifties and sixties you've been living with her there's a party at her place and you're asked to sing it's funny that ice book about my that moment in my grandmother's house because it was very similar Shirley MacLaine plays a my mother she makes me do this and I've just gotten out of rehab and my characters very to hinder and raw and sheep for kind of more or less forces me to to get up in front of all these people and saying so that's it's very it deflected in sort of a lot of excuses built into singing something that actually means something and and still it's almost this little tiny voice from from somewhere deep inside and that her mother gets up and sings Stephen Sondheim I'm still here throws her legs up on that yeah I know it's the red sequined dress and it's just blows her daughter out of the water once again I really like your performance in that you've been living with her there's a party at her place and you're asked to sing so you go up to I forget if it's a guitarist or pianist and you start working working it out yes with yes and the sun is you don't know me so here's Meryl Streep from postcards from the edge okay if you give me a hand to me that returns to and then you say hello yeah.

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Remembering Broadway legend Hal Prince

All Of It

01:07 min | 3 years ago

Remembering Broadway legend Hal Prince

"Stewart we'd like to take a moment to remember the life and work of legendary musical theater director producer hal prince the winner of a record twenty one Tony awards how prince died in Iceland after a brief illness he was ninety one purchase career spanned more than seventy years he ordered such major shows West Side Story damn Yankees fiddler on the roof cabaret Sweeney Todd and the phantom of the opera how prince was born in New York in nineteen twenty eight after I graduated from the university of Pennsylvania he approach Broadway producer director George abbot to ask for a job he said he work for free ultimately prince made it on his own and in nineteen fifty four he produced the pajama game and hired a rabbit to direct it help and began a prolific collaboration with composer lyricist Stephen Sondheim in nineteen seventy they work together and six shows which prints both directed and produced another one of princes longtime collaborators composer Andrew Lloyd Webber said in a statement today quote farewell how not just the prince of musicals the crowned heads who directed two of the greatest productions of my career and vita and phantom this wonderful man taught me so much in his mastery musical theater was without

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Celebrities Pen Letter Calling for Release of Ukrainian Director

Tom Sullivan

00:29 sec | 4 years ago

Celebrities Pen Letter Calling for Release of Ukrainian Director

"Enderle september grenell scott fox news he advice given to residents of a high rise in great britain had caught fire last year killing dozens facing criticism in a new report to fire at grenfell tower in london killed seventy two people now as britain examines what went wrong an expert report says the fire services policy to urge residents to stay put had effectively failed badly half an hour after the fire began and yet residents weren't told to evacuate for another hour the reports also says plastic cladding fixed to the outside of the high rise was incorrectly installed and didn't comply with fire accusations in london simon owen fox news would stephen sondheim and patrick stewart just a few of the celebrities calling for the release of ukrainian dissident and filmmaker oleg sense off sense alva critic of the russian annexation of crimea serving a twenty year sentence on terrorism charges in a letter written today the celebrities are calling on russian president vladimir putin to free sense off writing that the upcoming rolled cup games in russia would heighten security of the countries the of the country's human rights abuses lisa lacerra fox news.

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