Sondheim

Not being a huge fan of Broadway music on CD, I didn’t know what to expect from a new batch of Stephen Sondheim CDs.  Newly remastered CDs of "Sweeney Todd," "Into the Woods," "Sunday in the Park with George" and "Merrily We Roll Along" are being released this month.

They all have new bonus tracks and new liner notes.  Listening to them is a treat.

Stephen Sondheim is an icon, of course, who changed the musical theater forever.  I can’t begin to explain it, but we always get something "more" from a Sondheim musical.   I’ve been a fan forever.

A revival of "Company" is currently running on Broadway.  A revival of "Sunday in the Park with George" is planned for next year.  Stephen Sondheim has won an Academy Award, multiple Tonys and Grammys and a Pulitzer Prize for drama.

I remember having trouble putting down Meryle Secrest’s biography "Stephen Sondheim: A Life" during a week off a couple summers ago.  What’s interesting to me from reading that excellent book and listening to these CDs is how Mr. Sondheim’s work has become darker and darker over the years.  It’s a long way from "West Side Story" to "Assassins"–but fascinating.