My dream production: ‘Follies’ in the lobby of Chicago’s Uptown Theatre

A boy can dream, can’t he? I’ve been mulling this thing in my high-foreheaded skull for years — though I’m sure I’m not the first person who’s thought of it, since any Sondheim freak dreams of seeing a perfect production of Follies, and the mysterious Uptown Theatre is one of those spaces that’s captured the… Read More My dream production: ‘Follies’ in the lobby of Chicago’s Uptown Theatre

New Edge.com review: ‘Sondheim on Sondheim’ cast recording

When a cast recording is offered to review by Edge, I’m on it. My review, available on Edge.com, follows: Another Stephen Sondheim revue? Yeah, yeah, I know: the guy’s a genius, and we should be overjoyed he’s getting so much exposure due to this being the year of his 80th birthday. But the revue format… Read More New Edge.com review: ‘Sondheim on Sondheim’ cast recording

Summer stars shine bright — and briefly! — for Sondheim at Ravinia

By itself, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by legendary Broadway conductor Paul Gemignani, playing Sondheim is something special. Add in multi Tony Award winners — and celebrated Sondheim interpreters — Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, George Hearn and Michael Cerveris, and you have an evening made in musical theatre heaven. This concert, billed as A Little… Read More Summer stars shine bright — and briefly! — for Sondheim at Ravinia

The stars align for Ravinia’s ‘Sondheim: 80’ concert

On July 31st, those lucky Highland Parkers are in for a real treat. Musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim has turned 80 this year, and to celebrate, Patti LuPone, George Hearn, Audra McDonald and Michael Cerveris — four of Broadway’s very brightest performers — will honor some of his iconic works at the Ravinia festival. This will… Read More The stars align for Ravinia’s ‘Sondheim: 80’ concert

Sondheim turns 80

To celebrate, some old Sondheim-related posts: ‘An Evening with Stephen Sondheim’ @ Harris Theatre Ravinia Sondheim memories “Follies” @ Actors Theatre Company Sondheim in the Park Theatre dork unleashed: Sondheim edition (Oh, and happy 62nd bday to Andrew Lloyd Webber.)