November 18, 1998 (Wednesday) at 8:00 p.m.
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
University at Albany, Downtown Campus
|NOTE: Video Screening of COMPANY,|
the making of the original cast album, directed by D. A. Pennebaker
4:00 p.m. in Humanities 354
Stephen Sondheim, composer and lyricist, has been instrumental in revolutionizing the musical over his forty year career of writing for the musical theatre. Arthur Laurents has described him as "without question, the best Broadway lyricist past or present." His conceptual musicals with significant concerns and dramatic subjects have helped to place the musical on a more serious level than that of the traditional Broadway show. He has been praised for incorporating a variety of musical styles into his scores, using his music to create an attitude for the dramatic situation.
"Besides wit, ingenuity, and warmth, he brings a sense of the character to every word that is sun. He is the first and perhaps the only true theatre lyricist we have." - Burt Shevelove, playwright
"Sondheim's most brilliant accomplishment to date. . .Literate, ironic, playful, enviably clever, altogether professional. . . Sondheim is a quicksilver wordsmith in the great tradition of Cole Porter, Noel Coward and Lorenz Hart." - T. E. Kalem, Time on A Little Night Music
". . .the most melodic and romantic score that Steve has ever written. The music is soaring." - Harold Prince, on Sweeney Todd
"To say that this show breaks new ground is not enough; it also breaks new sky, new water, new flesh and new spirit." - Jack Kroll, Newsweek on Sunday in the Park with George
"It is that joyous rarity, a work of sophisticated artistic ambition and deep political purpose that affords nonstop pleasure." - Elizabeth L. Bland and William A. Henry III, Time on Into the Woods
Cosponsored by the Greater Capital Region Teacher
Introduction by Richard Goldman
Albany Times Union Article