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Stephen Sondheim, Barbara Cook headed back to Broadway

October 1, 2009 |  2:00 pm


It's hard to imagine a Broadway season without Stephen Sondheim in one form or another.

Recent revivals of his musicals include "Sunday in the Park with George," "Sweeney Todd" and "Company."

The current Broadway season will feature at least two major Sondheim events. In December, the recently announced revival of Sondheim's "A Little Night Music," starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, will open at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Today, producers announced that "Sondheim on Sondheim" will open April 22 at Studio 54. The revue-type show, directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, will feature more than two dozen songs by the composer, including some new arrangements. In addition, there will be footage of interviews with the songwriter.

The limited engagement is scheduled to run through June 13.

"Sondheim on Sondheim" will star vocalist Barbara Cook, who herself never seems to be far from Broadway even if it's been decades since she's performed in a musical production. The cast also includes Vanessa Williams (of "Ugly Betty"), Michael Arden and Leslie Kritzer.

The show is being produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company, which stated that audiences will be treated to exclusive interview footage providing "an inside look at Sondheim's personal life and artistic process."

-- David Ng

Photo: Stephen Sondheim. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press