Stephen Sondheim

John Bambery portrays Georges Seurat and Nanci Zoppi plays his lover Dot in San Francisco Playhouse’s “Sunday in the Park with George.” (Courtesy Ken Levin)

‘Sunday in the Park’ colorfully explores meaning of art

Being an artist has never been easy. Consider Georges Seurat, the 19th-century…

 

From left, Mike Birr, Nathaniel Rothrock, Jesse Cortez and Jack O’Reilly sing the title tune in “Saturday Night.” (Courtesy Ben Krantz Studio)

42nd Street Moon stages Sondheim’s ‘Saturday Night’

Stephen Sondheim completists will get a kick out of 42nd Street Moon’s…

 

Equity actors appear in “Sondheim on Sondheim,” the first theater offering at 3Below. (Courtesy photo)

San Jose’s 3Below opens with Sondheim revue

South Bay theater lovers are invited to get up close and personal…

 

Andrew Stenson sings the title role in San Francisco Symphony's concert of Leonard Bernstein's “Candide.” (Courtesy Dario Acosta)

‘Candide’ has become a cult favorite

Patrons anticipating upcoming San Francisco Symphony concerts of “Candide” and expecting a…

Andrew Stenson sings the title role in San Francisco Symphony's concert of Leonard Bernstein's “Candide.” (Courtesy Dario Acosta)
A talented, tight Fiasco Theater cast brings ““Into the Woods” to life at the Golden Gate. (Courtesy Joan Marcus)

Follow Fiasco’s rewarding trek ‘Into the Woods’

When die-hard Stephen Sondheim fans hear of a major new production of…

A talented, tight Fiasco Theater cast brings ““Into the Woods” to life at the Golden Gate. (Courtesy Joan Marcus)
From left, Terrence McLaughin, DC Scarpelli (kneeling), Peter Budinger, Kelli Schultz (kneeling), Sage Georgevitch-Castellanos, Derrick Silva, John Brown (kneeling), Zac Schuman and Jessica Fisher are solid in Bay Area Musicals’ “Assassins.” (Courtesy Ben Krantz)

‘Assassins’ hits artistic, emotional bullseye

There’s a temptation to make bad jokes about the timeliness of a…

From left, Terrence McLaughin, DC Scarpelli (kneeling), Peter Budinger, Kelli Schultz (kneeling), Sage Georgevitch-Castellanos, Derrick Silva, John Brown (kneeling), Zac Schuman and Jessica Fisher are solid in Bay Area Musicals’ “Assassins.” (Courtesy Ben Krantz)
Broadway favorite Emily Skinner appears in a Bay Area Cabaret show in the Venetian Room. (Courtesy photo)

Emily Skinner celebrates Sondheim and more

Tony Award-nominee Emily Skinner is becoming a very welcome presence on The…

Broadway favorite Emily Skinner appears in a Bay Area Cabaret show in the Venetian Room. (Courtesy photo)
From left, Ray D'Ambrosio, Todd Wright, Doug Santana and Mike Meadors sing that standout "Everybody Ought to Have A Maid” in Foothill Music Theatre's production of "A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum." (Courtesy David Allen)

More funny things need to happen in ‘Forum’

People who accuse Stephen Sondheim of being too highbrow have usually not…

From left, Ray D'Ambrosio, Todd Wright, Doug Santana and Mike Meadors sing that standout "Everybody Ought to Have A Maid” in Foothill Music Theatre's production of "A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum." (Courtesy David Allen)
Keith Pinto, left, and Ryan Drummond appear in San Francisco Playhouse’s engaging production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”   (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)

Love, marriage side by side in SF Playhouse’s lively ‘Company’

Looking for a musical summer cocktail? Blend five parts marriage with three…

Keith Pinto, left, and Ryan Drummond appear in San Francisco Playhouse’s engaging production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”   (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)
Keith Pinto plays the lead in San Francisco Playhouse’s production of “Company.”   (Courtesy Lauren English, Fei Cai)

SF Playhouse closes season with ‘Company’

In an effort to present the best of American musical theater, is…

Keith Pinto plays the lead in San Francisco Playhouse’s production of “Company.”   (Courtesy Lauren English, Fei Cai)
COURTESY KEVIN BERNEBrandon Dahlquist

ACT’s ‘Night Music’ is light but sexy

Director Mark Lamos and choreographer Val Caniparoli have breathed passion into Stephen…

COURTESY KEVIN BERNEBrandon Dahlquist
COURTESY JUDY COLLINSJudy Collins will sing “Send in the Clowns” at San Francisco’s Venetian Room this weekend.

Judy Collins looks at Sondheim from both sides

Judy Collins says she has had the same turntable in the studio…

COURTESY JUDY COLLINSJudy Collins will sing “Send in the Clowns” at San Francisco’s Venetian Room this weekend.
COURTESY DAVID ALLENKatie Nix

Foothill thrills with Sondheim’s ‘Sunday in the Park with George'

Foothill Music Theatre’s production of Stephen Sondheim's big, complex, challenging 1984 musical…

COURTESY DAVID ALLENKatie Nix
COURTESY WALT DISNEY STUDIOSJames Corden and Emily Blunt play the Baker and the Baker’s Wife in the new movie version of “Into the Woods.”

Disney takes a familiar journey in 'Into the Woods’

The promotional trailer for the new Disney film musical “Into the Woods”…

COURTESY WALT DISNEY STUDIOSJames Corden and Emily Blunt play the Baker and the Baker’s Wife in the new movie version of “Into the Woods.”
COURTESY TRACY MARTINA.J. Shively and Sharon Rietkerk star in TheatreWorks’ engaging production of the Stephen Sondheim revue “Marry Me a Little.”

TheatreWorks’ Sondheim revue goes down easy

Toward the end of the 70-minute Stephen Sondheim musical revue “Marry Me…

COURTESY TRACY MARTINA.J. Shively and Sharon Rietkerk star in TheatreWorks’ engaging production of the Stephen Sondheim revue “Marry Me a Little.”
Bill Fahrner

Sondheim’s ‘Road Show’ lands in S.F. with a thud

Stephen Sondheim’s problematic here again-gone again musical “Road Show” has finally made…

Bill Fahrner
Joseph Gordon-Levitt

'Woods' meets big Sondheim challenge

"Into the Woods," Stephen Sondheim's 1986 fractured fairy tale and great musical,…

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Courtesy PhotoBad guys: Steven Hess

Ongoing allure of Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’

They all had their reasons. Charles Guiteau wanted to be ambassador to…

Courtesy PhotoBad guys: Steven Hess
Courtesy photoPartners in crime: Adam Scott Campbell as Sweeney Todd and Miss Sheldra as Mrs. Lovett excel in Ray of Light Theatre’s “Sweeney Todd.”

Surprising ‘Sweeney Todd’

“Sweeney Todd,” one of Stephen Sondheim’s biggest, most operatic Broadway musicals, takes…

Courtesy photoPartners in crime: Adam Scott Campbell as Sweeney Todd and Miss Sheldra as Mrs. Lovett excel in Ray of Light Theatre’s “Sweeney Todd.”

Going ‘Into the Woods’ and out again

Stephen Sondheim’s great fractured fairy tale-themed musical has giants, princes, an insatiable…