1. Fresh Air’s TV critic David Bianculli reviews the HBO Documentary “Six by Sondheim" premiering Monday December 9th.

On Monday, HBO presents the premiere of Six by Sondheim, a new TV special that’s part biography, part music-appreciation lesson and part performance piece. It’s all about the life and music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, in which he explains, among many other things, how and why he became a musical theater composer and lyricist, and the inspirations for some of his most familiar songs. If you’re new to the works of Stephen Sondheim, this TV special should entice you. If you’re already a fan, it should delight you.
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    Fresh Air’s TV critic David Bianculli reviews the HBO Documentary “Six by Sondheim" premiering Monday December 9th.

    On Monday, HBO presents the premiere of Six by Sondheim, a new TV special that’s part biography, part music-appreciation lesson and part performance piece. It’s all about the life and music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, in which he explains, among many other things, how and why he became a musical theater composer and lyricist, and the inspirations for some of his most familiar songs. If you’re new to the works of Stephen Sondheim, this TV special should entice you. If you’re already a fan, it should delight you.

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  1. Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim speaking to Terry Gross in 2010:

I’m interested in the theater because I’m interested in communication with audiences, otherwise I would be in concert music. I’d be in another kind of profession. I love the theater as much as music, and the whole idea of getting across to an audience and making them laugh, making them cry — just making them feel — is paramount to me.




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    Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim speaking to Terry Gross in 2010:

    I’m interested in the theater because I’m interested in communication with audiences, otherwise I would be in concert music. I’d be in another kind of profession. I love the theater as much as music, and the whole idea of getting across to an audience and making them laugh, making them cry — just making them feel — is paramount to me.

    image of the Stephen Sondheim theater in NYC via VIP tickets

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    Tomorrow: Stephen Colbert talks about doing his show, The Colbert Report, in character:

And so I look at every guest as a guest — they’re a guest in my home, and I am grateful that they would come here. And I hope people have a good time, and if they don’t, it’s my fault, or rather, it’s my responsibility. Because if I actually get into an aggressive discussion with a guest about something … and I’m expressing my disagreement satirically, and if they don’t enjoy that, that’s OK, because I have a responsibility for what I’m saying.


Colbert also stars in the Stephen Sondheim musical Company, airing 11/8 on the PBS “Great Performances” series. View in High-Res

    Tomorrow: Stephen Colbert talks about doing his show, The Colbert Report, in character:

    And so I look at every guest as a guest — they’re a guest in my home, and I am grateful that they would come here. And I hope people have a good time, and if they don’t, it’s my fault, or rather, it’s my responsibility. Because if I actually get into an aggressive discussion with a guest about something … and I’m expressing my disagreement satirically, and if they don’t enjoy that, that’s OK, because I have a responsibility for what I’m saying.

    Colbert also stars in the Stephen Sondheim musical Company, airing 11/8 on the PBS “Great Performances” series.

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  1. Word is out that these two thespians will be joining forces in the upcoming musical film, Into the Woods, based on the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine theater production.  
On Monday, Disney studios announced that production began last week at locations throughout England. The film is slated for a Dec. 25, 2014 release. 
Until then, you can take a listen to one of our favorite Fresh Air interviews (recorded last year)…with Meryl Streep.
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    Word is out that these two thespians will be joining forces in the upcoming musical film, Into the Woodsbased on the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine theater production.  

    On Monday, Disney studios announced that production began last week at locations throughout England. The film is slated for a Dec. 25, 2014 release. 

    Until then, you can take a listen to one of our favorite Fresh Air interviews (recorded last year)with Meryl Streep.

    Image via feel guide

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  1. My agent called me and told me that this letter [appeared]. You know, you get certain calls and the phone rings in certain ways, and it just doesn’t sound good. And that was one of those times. I was shocked. I knew how much Steve loves Porgy and Bess. He’s never shied away from how passionate he is about this particular opera. And I think he is a genius; he is one of the great composers of American musical theater. And I respect his passion. But I know how I feel about this opera. I know how I’ve always felt about this opera. And I have never had anything but the greatest love and respect for this opera. So even if that’s how it came across in the piece — or that’s how it came across to Steve in the piece — there’s not one iota of disdain for this opera in my heart. And that’s apparent by my obsession with it over the years.

    — Audra McDonald on Stephen Sondheim’s critical letter in The New York Times about the production before it began previews

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  1. I’m interested in the theater because I’m interested in communication with audiences. Otherwise I would be in concert music. I’d be in another kind of profession. I love the theater as much as music, and the whole idea of getting across to an audience and making them laugh, making them cry — just making them feel — is paramount to me.

    — Happy Birthday Stephen Sondheim! [Sondheim on Fresh Air]

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  1. Stephen Sondheim on Leonard Bernstein

    Terry Gross: Did you learn anything working with Bernstein and watching him work?
    Stephen Sondheim: Oh, sure. A great deal. Yes. Mainly I learned something about courage. I learned – Lenny was never afraid to make big mistakes. He was never afraid to fall off the top rung of the ladder and I learned by implication that the worst thing you can do is fall off a low rung. If you're going to make a mistake, make a huge one.

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  1. I’m interested in the theater because I’m interested in communication with audiences. “Otherwise I would be in concert music. I’d be in another kind of profession. I love the theater as much as music, and the whole idea of getting across to an audience and making them laugh, making them cry — just making them feel — is paramount to me.

    — Stephen Sondheim, on life, writing, theater.

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  1. [With his lyrics,] you expect him to take a right and he takes a left. He does that with melodies as well. And actually, when you’re learning the music — and I’m sure I can speak for every actor who’s learned a Sondheim song — you’re secretly cursing Stephen Sondheim. Because it’s so damn hard to learn his music.

    — Danny Burstein on Stephen Sondheim

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  1. Danny Burstein on Sondheim: "I know Stephen is one of those writers that writes things for a reason — there is intelligence behind it. And I tried to get it right for him. I really believe, so strongly, in the fact that he’s a genius and that his writing takes care of the actor. So basically every single night, you just try to live up to the brilliant writing." [complete interview here] View in High-Res

    Danny Burstein on Sondheim"I know Stephen is one of those writers that writes things for a reason — there is intelligence behind it. And I tried to get it right for him. I really believe, so strongly, in the fact that he’s a genius and that his writing takes care of the actor. So basically every single night, you just try to live up to the brilliant writing." [complete interview here]

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  1. Today: Danny Burstein from the Broadway musical Follies.

Ted Shawn in Cosmic Dance of Siva during Ziegfield Follies T… (by New York Public Library)

    Today: Danny Burstein from the Broadway musical Follies.

    Ted Shawn in Cosmic Dance of Siva during Ziegfield Follies T… (by New York Public Library)

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  1. Stephen Colbert on performing in Sondheim’s Company: "I tell a lot of young performers, ‘Go  get in trouble. Go commit yourself to something you’re not sure you can  do. And I followed my own advice. It was something I  desperately wanted to do — not as a career — but an invitation I knew I  couldn’t refuse and yet had no sense of whether or not I could do it.  And that is trouble — but it was all so joyful. I’m very grateful to Mr.  Sondheim that he got me in such trouble." [complete Colbert interview here] View in High-Res

    Stephen Colbert on performing in Sondheim’s Company: "I tell a lot of young performers, ‘Go get in trouble. Go commit yourself to something you’re not sure you can do. And I followed my own advice. It was something I desperately wanted to do — not as a career — but an invitation I knew I couldn’t refuse and yet had no sense of whether or not I could do it. And that is trouble — but it was all so joyful. I’m very grateful to Mr. Sondheim that he got me in such trouble." [complete Colbert interview here]

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  1. cannibalbuff3t:

Two of my favorite people. <3

Tomorrow: Stephen Colbert. Before: NPH on FA.

    cannibalbuff3t:

    Two of my favorite people. <3

    Tomorrow: Stephen Colbert. Before: NPH on FA.

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  1. Tomorrow&#8217;s going to be fun, Internet. Guest: Stephen Colbert.
Background: Jon Stewart. Stephen Sondheim.

    Tomorrow’s going to be fun, Internet. Guest: Stephen Colbert.

    Background: Jon Stewart. Stephen Sondheim.

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  1. f—-yeahstephensondheim:

    More fun with SoundCloud. This appears to be a remix of one of Sondheim’s appearances on Fresh Air.

    Sondheim: The Remix. Sondheim: The Original.

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