Music, Stage

01/18/2018 - 02/04/2018

Sondheim On Sondheim

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Conceived and Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Running length: 150 minutes + 15 minute intermission

Produced, Directed and Choreographed by Scott and Shannon Guggenheim
Musical Directed by Stephen Guggenheim

$41 – $58

About

An Intimate Look at the Father of the Modern Musical

“The numbers kept rolling and rolling with more and more winners”…”The incredibly informative and entertaining video contains scrapbook montages of vintage pictures and even points where Stephen Sondheim introduces or interrupts songs while interacting with the singers on stage. The mixture of live and recorded performance even includes beautifully orchestrated music that, combined with the sound design, sounds like there is a live orchestra somewhere in the theatre to support the singing cast on the stage. Add to all this a cast of eight veteran performers who bring a rich mixture of local, national touring, and Broadway credentials among them, and 3Below’s Sondheim on Sondheim is both an evening for any Sondheim fanatic or neophyte to relish as well as an auspicious beginning for the refurbished opening of this new performing arts venue in San Jose.” – Talkin Broadway

Hailed as “a funny, affectionate, and revealing tribute to musical theater’s greatest living composer and lyricist,”  Sondheim on Sondheim is not to be missed.

This retrospective of the life and work of America’s finest musical theater creator is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter told through his own words via film, live performers, and his amazing music.

“When you sing Sondheim right, you have very little work to do as an actor. It’s like doing Shakespeare – say the words loudly and clearly and it will pull you through emotionally. Your job is to deliver the material and you’ll go on the ride as a result.”

– Lin-Manuel Miranda on Stephen Sondheim

The tapestry of creativity that characterizes Stephen Sondheim remained largely undiscussed, especially by the man himself, until the creation of Sondheim On Sondheim. Through the use of exclusive interview footage, audiences will get an inside look at the personal life and artistic process of the famed composer. Ranging from the beloved to the obscure, the carefully selected songs hang from a framework of in-depth video interviews, delving into Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process.

Things To Know

Sondheim on Sondheim is essentially a bio-musical, so it is very accessible. The show’s songs often focus on adult subjects (love, loss, sex, family, creativity, etc), but taken from their individual shows and placed center stage, the music can easily be enjoyed by younger viewers who typically wouldn’t be able to stomach, say, the intimacy issues in Company, and the language remains—except for a few f-bombs, including a memorable one attributed to Ethel Merman. Sondheim on Sondheim is an excellent primer-course for ‘tween musical theater fans, and a graduate-level treat for students who’ve been studying him for decades.

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Cast

Jim Ambler*

Amy Bouchard

Stephen Guggenheim*

Susan Gundunas*

Hayley Lovgren

Jeremy Kreamer*

Martin Rojas Dietrich*

Theresa Swain

* Member of Actors' Equity Association

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