PHOTO CALL: A Sneak Peek Audra McDonald, Darren Criss, Laura Osnes and More in HBO’s “Six By Sondheim”

By Matthew Blank
20 Nov 2013 

“Six By Sondheim,” which is billed as “an intimate look at the prolific career of renowned American lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim…for whom art and life are never separate,” will make its debut Dec. 9.


TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 1987, Stephen Sondheim’s elaborate interweaving of many fairy tales, Into the Woods, opens at the Martin Beck Theatre. The famous score includes the hits “No One Is Alone” and “Children Will Listen,” along with the title song. James Lapine, who also wrote the book, directs Joanna Gleason and Bernadette Peters in the musical.

For more on the original Broadway production of Into the Woods, including a look inside the show’s opening night Playbill, visit PlaybillVault.com.


James Lapine: You know the other thing, that’s so crucial. You guys just have chemistry out the wazoo. The minute you guys came into a room together – didn’t know each other – it was palpable. I’ve seen this show done by other people, other productions; nothing will ever be like the two of you in the show. It’s just chemistry.



“The surprising thing that happened on the first day of rehearsal, was when James [Lapine] and Bill [Finn] talked about how they felt like they never really finished the show, that they didn’t get enough time to really work on it. They’re using this experience, as short as it is, as a moment to sort of clarify some things, cut some things, change some things, within the piece. So sort of we’re creating our own, sort of new version of the show, which has been really exciting. […] When he came out of surgery, he was so full of joy, that there was a lot of lifted-up energy in the show, that they’re removing a little bit, to sort of get down more to the reality of the experience, in the beginning part of the show. So like, Kristin Chenoweth’s Calamari song is no longer in it. And certain moments along the way, they’re trying to ground it a little bit more. So we’ll see how that plays when we’re there, but that’s been really fun, to like kind of see it evolve.”

Jonathan Groff on how William Finn and James Lapine took the opportunity for this Encores! Off-Center production of A New Brain to “reimagine certain things, do certain things differently”