"FOLLIES in concert" Stephen Sondheim, Barbara Cook, Lee Remick, Mandy Patinkin, George Hearn
Six by Sondheim (Lapine, 2013)
So into it. So very into it.
I love this picture.
where’s my prize?
Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters recording the original cast album of Sunday in the Park with George [x]
Night Waltz I by Stephen Sondheim
"There are only three principles necessary for a lyric writer, all of them familiar truisms, They were not immediately apparent to me when I started writing, but have come into focus via Oscar Hammerstein’s tutoring. Strunk and White’s huge little book The Elements of Style and my own sixty-some years of practicing he craft. I have not always been skilled or diligent enough to follow them as faithfully as I would like, but they underlie everything I’ve ever written. In no particular order, and to be inscribed in stone:
Content Dictates Form
Less Is More
God Is in the Details
all in the service of
without which nothing else matters.
If a lyric writer observes the mantra rigorously, he can turn out a respectable lyric. If he also has a feeling for music and rhythm, a sense of theater and something to say, he can turn out an interesting one. If an addition he has qualities such as humor, style, imagination, and the numerous other gifts every writer could use, he might even turn out a good one, and with an understanding composer and a stimulating book writer, the sky’s the limit.” -Stephen Sondheim, Finishing The Hat.
Angela Lansbury, Stephen Sondheim and Len Cariou
Gotta keep an eye out for Santa Paws
Stop worrying where you're going.
I haven’t actively listened to Stephen Sondheim in a while. I’ve been busy being involved in other productions, and Sondheim doesn’t write a lot of music for my type. I almost forgot what it was like to listen to a Sondheim song. I forgot how beautifully the melodies flow and how meticulously the harmonies blend and create such perfect and exacting subtext.
There’s really nothing quite like it. I’ve never had art effect me in such a way. It reminds me why I want to be working in theatre.
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