It’s like a photographer went out on the island, La Grande Jatte, and took a picture of a lot of people strolling in the park. The humanity of it, I thought… These people don’t know they’re gonna be immortal. And so I’m gonna write a song about that. That it’s gonna be outside of themselves, and they’re gonna be singing about what themselves and they’re doing. But they’re gonna be acknowledging that they are immortal. It all leads to the word forever. Which is- when I wrote that word, I cried, because I thought, that’s what it’s about. And I then decided, that I would do it all in one sentence. It’s a lyric that’s in one sentence. Uh, because there is a kind of… I don’t know how to put it. It’s like it’s eternal, it’s infinite, whatever, whatever- it’s what I feel about art… It just has no beginning and no end. It’s just one thing. Then I could see that they would all be singing that one idea. Um… That here we are in a park. And we’re gonna be here forever. That’s why it has that… It’s got an almost funerary beat to it, you know, it’s almost a funeral march. But it isn’t quite. It’s a triumphant march
-Sondheim on Sunday from Sunday in the Park with George
The leads of the Lyric Stage Company (Boston) production of Sweeney Todd performed four numbers on WERS, Emerson College Radio, this weekend. Enjoy “A Little Priest,” “Not While I’m Around,” “Green Finch and Linnet Bird,” and “Johanna.”
I saw this production last night! I recommend it!
Yes, she looks for me- good.
THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET
My favorite thing about Sweeney Todd is that they come up with their evil plan and then just make puns about it for 10 minutes and that’s the act one finale
Behind the scenes of Laura Benanti’s In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention photoshoot at 54 Below.