the ultimate stephen sondheim playlist - a collection of sondheim’s most memorable melodies

opening doors - merrily we roll along // comedy tonight - a funny thing happened on the way to the forum // company - company // bounce - bounce // the miller’s son - a little night music // together wherever we go - gypsy // everybody say’s don’t - anyone can whistle // could i leave you? - follies // any moment / moments in the woods - into the woods // poems - pacific overtures // what more do i need? - saturday night // america - west side story // worst pies in london - sweeney todd // everybody loves louis - sunday in the park with george // i read - passion // not a day goes by - merrily we roll along // losing my mind - follies // anyone can whistle - anyone can whistle // send in the clowns - a little night music // i wish i could forget you - passion // some people - gypsy // talent - bounce // that’ll show him - a funny thing happened on the way to the forum // a little priest - sweeney todd // tonight (quintet) - west side story // so many people - saturday night // someone in a tree - pacific overtures // your fault / last midnight - into the woods // move on - sunday in the park with george // being alive - company //

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A couple of years ago I was on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim’s Follies and I played Carlotta Champion, which meant I got to sing a wonderful song, I’m Still Here. It’s a wonderful song, it’s a wonderful role. But it is a long song! And it has got lots and lots of words in it and none of which repeat and sometimes I might forget a few.
One night I was on stage and I forgot four whole lines, one after the other. But – much to my own amazement – I invented four new lines one after the other and even more so they rhymed!
Well, I walked offstage and I was feeling pretty proud of myself, really. I thought it was pretty marvellous, a magical moment in my theatrical career… until I got into the wings and I saw in the darkness staring straight at me the great man himself, Stephen Sondheim.
And he looked at me and he said “wow, Elaine, that was some improvisation tonight! But at least you made it rhyme”.
And I thought “Oh well, maybe I got no way with it”.
And I looked back and he said to me “Next time do you think when I’m in you could sing the lyrics I wrote?”
—  Elaine Paige on flubbing a few lines in Follies

the road you didn’t take- showtunes that explore regret, guilt, and grief

no good deed - wicked // the world was dancing - songs for a new world // sorry-grateful - company // good for nothing/being mrs. banks - marry poppins // the road you didn’t take - follies // i know the truth - aida // send in the clowns - a little night music // you learn to live without - if/then // days and days - fun home // almost real - the bridges of madison county // if he walked into my life - mame // lament - into the woods // what would you do? - cabaret // what would you do? - if/then // the beauty is (reprise) - the light in the piazza // the guilty ones - spring awakening // how did we come to this? / queenie was a blonde (reprise) - the wild party // coffee - see what i wanna see // stars and the moon - songs for a new world // nobody needs to know - the last five years // the life i never led - sister act: the musical //

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“Which Sondheim Musical Are You?” quizzes be like

What’s your favorite thing to do?

  1. Read fairy tales
  2. Paint
  3. Waltz
  4. Whistle
  5. Search for love
  6. Reunite with old friends
  7. Alienate old friends
  8. Murder my customers
  9. Murder the President of the United States of America
  10. Invade Japan

no more- showtunes sung by women who are done putting up with bullshit and have zero fucks to give

on monday - 35mm: a musical exhbition // enough - in the heights // over the moon - rent // dogfight - dogfight // bring it on - bring it on: the musical // you want to lose your only friend? - chess // i want the good times back - the little mermaid // fool - xanadu // could i leave you? - follies // the ladies who lunch - company // no more- see what i wanna see // climbing uphill - the last five years // this is not love- lizzie // lovesick - women on the verge of a nervous breakdown // astonishing - little women: the musical //shine like the sun - 9 to 5: the musical // defying gravity - wicked //

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