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News : Entertainment Feb 18, 2013 - 5:23:29 PM


Broadway genius Stephen Sondheim will cover his illustrious career at The Ridgefield Playhouse

By The Ridgefield Playhouse





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In a rare opportunity to speak with Broadway icon Stephen Sondheim, who has won every conceivable award and is the genius behind myriad hits including A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Into the Woods, Follies, Applause, Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the brilliant composer and lyricist will be at The Ridgefield Playhouse for an entertaining conversational interview on Saturday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. Emmy Award-winning journalist Morton Dean will facilitate. For tickets ($65), call the box office at 203-438-5795 or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org
A rare opportunity to be side-by-side with Stephen Sondheim will take place at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m., when he discusses his illustrious career and the myriad contributions he has made to American musical theater. Emmy Award Winning journalist Morton Dean will host the on-stage interview in the intimate Playhouse venue, followed by an audience Q&A. As a composer and?lyricist, Broadway icon Stephen Sondheim has won every conceivable award and is the genius behind the hit shows A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Follies, Into the Woods, Applause, Company, Gypsy (lyrics), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Pacific Overtures and so many more contributions to American musical theater. Bernard’s (22 West Lane, Ridgefield; reservations suggested) is offering a $45 prix-fixe menu or a complimentary glass of wine with dinner before this event when tickets are presented. This program is part of the Moffly Media Entertaining Conversations Series and is underwritten by Moffly Media and Books on the Common with media sponsor WNPR Hartford. It is part of The Ridgefield Library @ The Ridgefield Playhouse series.

Stephen Sondheim is the most important artist to work in the American musical theater in the past half-century. He has not only collaborated on more than a dozen landmark shows and written countless standard songs (“Send in the Clowns”, “Comedy Tonight”, “Not While I’m Around”, “Putting it Together”, “I’m Still Here” to name but a few), but Sondheim has also been the single most influential person in bringing the Broadway musical into the modern age. He has been a major force in the Dramatists Guild and Young Playwrights. Inc., two organizations that champion writers in the theater. His distinctions and awards include the Kennedy Center Honors, the Pulitzer Prize, two Grammys, an Oscar and eight Tony Awards, including a special award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater (2008). He has collaborated on more than a dozen landmark shows and written countless standards.

For tickets ($65), call the box office (203) 438-5795, or order online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT; ridgefieldplayhouse.org




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