Stephen Sondheim: A Life in the Theatre

The Zeus of postwar musical theater, Stephen Sondheim would be a major figure for any one of his chief strengths: the wit and intricacy of his lyrics, the richness and inventiveness of his harmonies, the beauty and unpredictability of his melodies, his insistence on chiaroscuro in a form most often devoted to sunny kitsch. The fact that he does all these things—and that "Joanna" or "Send in the Clowns" or "Finishing the Hat" make many of us tingle and tear up every time—explains the long standing ovation one can expect on this night of unscripted conversation and reminiscence. Formerly shy of publicity, Sondheim, who will turn 80 in a few weeks, has been more accessible in the last decade, granting, for instance, a long interview with New York Times columnist Frank Rich in 2000, which led to a short 2008 tour of onstage talks between the two. Here it'll be a trialogue between Sondheim and Star Tribune theater critics Rohan Preston and Graydon Royce. (Photo by Megan Fitzgerald)
Fri., March 5, 8 p.m., 2010

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