James-Lapine

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.

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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.

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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.

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, audio commentary

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TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 2012, a revival of Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical that intertwines classic fairytales, opens at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Shakespeare in the Park production stars Donna Murphy as the Witch, Denis O'Hare as the Baker, Amy Adams and the Baker’s Wife, and Jessie Mueller as Cinderella.

Watch video highlights from the production at Playbill.com.