News & Notes
A world premiere of a Sondheim concertino
Jackie Cain and Roy Kral still sing Sondheim
The Kennedy Center in Washington will present a major Sondheim festival in 2002
Young Broadway veterans star in Into the Woods in St. Paul
A fine ensemble cast shines in Chicago Woods
A nonprofessional company does well with Company in New York
Stages Rep has a holiday hit with Company in Houston
The Signature Theater in Arlington, Va., has a remarkable Gypsy
Finally, Merrily We Roll Along arrives in London’s West End
The four principals g talk about getting into their characters
After 150 other Broadway shows, Theoni V. Aldredge is excited to be designing costumes for Follies
Carol Woods is back on Broadway as Stella Deems
Donald Saddler repeats his Paper Mill role as Theodore Whitman
Jane White reveals another side as Solange LaFitte
Katherine Marshall takes a fresh look at the dances in Follies
A small troupe from Chicago takes Side by Side to the Middle East and leaves behind scores of people singing “Comedy Tonight”
David Kernan recalls the original Side by Side by Sondheim
The DVD of Original Cast Album: Company and the CD of the London cast of Moving On
For Your Amusement
Identify the composers who are revealed in Sondheim shows
Upcoming Sondheim shows in the U.S. and elsewhere
Sondheim on TV: The List Goes On and On
When the Museum of Television and Radio in New York and Los Angeles presented its Sondheim Tonight! retrospective in the spring of 2000, its co-curator, Jane Klain, put together a list of Stephen Sondheim on television—both his appearances and original cast performances. Here’s the list. (Tapes with an asterisk are available for viewing at the museum’s two locations.)
“The Two of You.” Dated February 22, 1952, this song was intended to be sung by Fran Allison on the Kukla, Fran and Ollie show, but was rejected.
Topper. A fantasy sitcom series for which Sondheim wrote ten or eleven episodes, George Oppenheimer wrote ten and they co-wrote the rest. September-November 1953. The Sondheim episodes include: “Hiring the Maid,” “Phantom Burglar,” “Henrietta and the Decorator,” “George’s Old Flame,” “The Vance’s Game,” “Madam Kaza,” “Henrietta Wins a Trip*,” “Theatricals*,” “Car Episode,” “Trip to Lisbon,” “Economy” and “The Socialite.” The cast included Anne Jeffreys, Robert Sterling and Leo G. Carroll.
The Last Word. A CBS panel show with the English language as the topic of discussion. January 6, 1957 to October 1959. “Steve” Sondheim, along with Madeline Karr, was credited as writer for the show’s premiere.
In an Early Winter*. NBC, May 20, 1959. Sondheim’s only dramatic teleplay to be produced. Based on a New Yorker story by Roger Angell. The cast included Kim Hunter, Pat Hingle, Isobel Elsom and Thomas Chalmers.
UNPRODUCED TELEVISION WORK
“Teddy and the Magician” episode for Kodak Family Adventure, 1954.
The Lady or the Tiger. Unproduced musical for television, based on the story by Frank Stockton, written by Mary Rodgers and Sondheim, 1954.
Mr. Blandings and the Tree Surgeon.
A Funny Coincidence.
The Education of Mr. Blandings. Unproduced television series based on the book “Blandings” by Eric Hodgins, pilot script written by Sondheim.
I Believe in You. Unproduced musical for television, with book by Elaine Carrington and Sondheim, 1956.
“Ten Years Old.” A song by Sondheim and Burt Shevelove for The Fabulous Fifties but cut before airtime. CBS. January 31, 1960.
Happily Ever After. Unproduced musical for television, with book by Joseph Stein and music and lyrics by Sondheim, 1959.
Do You Hear a Waltz? A planned television musical. The title song was included in the revue Putting It Together in 1999.
EARLY TELEVISION APPEARANCES
Play Your Hunch. NBC, June 3, 1960. Sondheim was a guest participant in this nighttime game show.
The Tonight Show. NBC, June 19, 1962. Sondheim was a guest.
The Merv Griffin Show. NBC, February 14, 1963. Sondheim was a guest.
The Match Game. NBC, November 1, 1966. Sondheim was a panelist.
Password. CBS, December 25, 1966. Sondheim was a panelist on the celebrity edition on a team headed by Lee Remick.
ORIGINAL TELEVISION MUSICAL
Evening Primrose*. ABC Stage ’67, November 16, 1966. Sondheim’s only original television musical. Adapted by James Goldman from a story by John Collier. The director was Paul Bogart and the cast included Anthony Perkins, Charmian Carr, Dorothy Stickney, Larry Gates, Margaret Bannerman, Margaret Baker, Leonard Elliott, Mike Meola, Dorothy Sands and Margaretta Warwick.
SONDHEIM AS ACTOR
June Moon*. PBS Theater in America, January 30, 1974. Sondheim made his professional acting debut as wisecracking, acerbic pianist Maxie Schwartz in the television adaptation of the George S. Kaufman-Ring Lardner comedy about the business of songwriting. The directors were Burt Shevelove and Kirk Browning, and the cast also included Jack Cassidy, Tom Fitzsimmons, Estelle Parsons, Barbara Dana, Austin Pendleton, Kevin McCarthy and Susan Sarandon.
“The Saga of Lenny.” PBS Great Performances, Bernstein at 70. March 19, 1989. Sondheim wrote the lyrics to Kurt Weill’s music for this birthday tribute sung by Lauren Bacall.
MUSICALS ON TELEVISION
Candide. PBS Live from Lincoln Center, November 12, 1986. A live telecast of the New York City Opera’s production of the 1956 Leonard Bernstein Broadway musical. Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, with contributions by Sondheim and John LaTouche. The conductor was Scott Bergeson, and the cast included David Eisler , Erie Mills, John Lankston, James Billings and Muriel-Costa-Greenspon.
Candide. BBC, 1988. The Scottish Opera production conducted by John Mauceri. The cast included Mark Beaudert, Nickolas Grace and Marilyn Hill Smith.
Candide*. A&E, October 15, 1991. Leonard Bernstein conducted the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a concert production, taped in 1989 at the Barbican Center in London. The director was Humphrey Burton and the cast included Jerry Hadley, June Anderson, Adolph Green, Christa Ludwig and Nicolai Gedda.
Gypsy*. CBS, December 12, 1993. Made-for-television movie based on the 1959 Ethel Merman Broadway hit. The producer/director was Emile Ardolino and the cast included Bette Midler, Peter Riegert, Cynthia Gibb, Edward Asner, Christine Ebersole, Michael Jeter and Andrea Martin.
Company*. BBC2, December 10, 1996. Live presentation of the production at the Donmar Warehouse in London. The director was Sam Mendes, who interviewed Sondheim during the intermission, and the cast included Adrian Lester, Paul Bentley, Clare Burt, Anna Francolini, Rebecca Front, Sheila Gish, Kiran Hocking, Hannah James, Teddy Kampner, Clive Rowe, Liza Sadovy, Michael Simkins, Gareth Snook and Sophie Thompson.
Follies in Concert: Four Days in New York*. PBS Great Performances, March 14, 1986. This documentary was both a behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsal period and footage of numbers from the 1985 concert version with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall. The concert was directed by Herbert Ross, and the cast included Licia Albanese, Carol Burnett, Liz Callaway, Betty Comden, Barbara Cook, Adolph Green, André Gregory, George Hearn, Howard McGillin, Erie Mills, Liliane Montevecchi, Phyllis Newman, Mandy Patinkin, Daisy Prince, Lee Remick, Arthur Rubin, Elaine Stritch and Jim Walton.
A Little Night Music. PBS Live from Lincoln Center, November 7, 1990. A televised performance of the New York City Opera’s production. The stage director was Scott Ellis and the television director was Kirk Browning. The cast included Sally Ann Howes, George Lee Andrews, Elaine Bonazzi, Danielle Ferland, Michael Maguire, Maureen Moore, Ron Baker, Lisa Saffer, Barbara Shirvis, Michael Rees Davis, Susanne Marsee, David Comstock, Kevin Anderson, Beverly Lambert, Raven Wilkinson and Susan Terry.
Pacific Overtures*. TVAsahi, Japan, 1976. The original Broadway production was taped June 9, 1976, at the Winter Garden Theater for Japanese television, where it was shown with Japanese subtitles. The television direction was by Marty Pasetta, and the cast included Mako, Soon-Teck Oh, Yuki Shimoda, Sab Shimono, Isao Sato, Alvin Ing, Ernest Harada, James Dybas, Mark Hsu Syers, Patrick Kinser-Lau, Ernest Abuba, Larry Hama, Jae Woo Lee, Freddy Mao, Tom Matsusaka, Conrad Yama, Timm Fujii, Haruki Fujimoto, Freda Foh Shen and Gedde Watanabe.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street*. The Entertainment Channel, September 12, 1982; Showtime, March 11, 1984; PBS Great Performances, May 3, 1985. Taped in Los Angeles during the tour that followed the show’s Broadway run. The television direction was by Terry Hughes, and the cast included George Hearn, Angela Lansbury, Cris Groenendaal, Calvin Remsberg, Betsy Joslyn, Ken Jennings, Sal Mistretta, Spain Logue, Walter Charles and Michael Kalinyen.
Sunday in the Park with George*. Broadway on Showtime, February 18, 1986; PBS American Playhouse, June 16, 1986. Taped before an audience at the Booth Theater in New York. The television director was Terry Hughes, and the cast included Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Charles Kimbrough, Barbara Bryne, Dana Ivey, Melanie Vaughan, Mary D’Arcy, Sue Anne Gershenson, Cris Groenendaal, John Jellison, Frank Kopyc, Judith Moore, Nancy Opel, William Parry, Natalie Polizzi, Michele Rigan, Brent Spiner and Robert Westenberg.
Into the Woods*. PBS American Playhouse, March 20, 1991. Most of the original Broadway cast were in this television adaptation. The director was James Lapine and the cast included Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason, Chip Zien, Danielle Ferland, Ben Wright, Kim Crosby, Robert Westenberg, Tom Aldredge, Barbara Bryne, Pamela Winslow, Chuck Wagner and Merle Louise. Edwin Newman interviewed Sondheim and James Lapine during the intermission.
Passion*. PBS American Playhouse, September 8, 1996. Most of the original Broadway cast were in the film taped just after the show’s closing. The director was James Lapine and the cast included Donna Murphy, Jere Shea, Marin Mazzie, Gregg Edelman, Tom Aldredge, Linda Balgord, T.J. Meyers, William Parry, Christopher Peccaro, Francis Ruivivar, John Antony, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Marcus Olson and Andy Umberger.
TRIBUTES, INTERVIEWS AND PROGRAMS
American Musical Theater*. WCBS, October 15, 1961. Host Earl Wrightson interviewed Sondheim about his career in what is most likely the first extended television interview about his work. Wrightson, Ralph Curtis and Martha Wright, and the CBS Orchestra under Irwin Kostal, performed songs from West Side Story and Gypsy.
American Musical Theater. WCBS, May 20, 1962. Host Earl Wrightson’s guests were Sondheim, Brian Davies and Preshy Marker from the cast of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
American Musical Theater*. WCBS, April 24, 1965. Richard Rodgers, Elizabeth Allen and Sergio Franchi discussed Do I Hear a Waltz? with host Earl Wrightson, Allen and Franchi singing five songs from the show.
Camera Three: The Making of a Musical: Do I Hear a Waltz?* CBS, April 25, 1965. Host James MacAndrew discussed the creation of the Broadway musical with Sondheim, librettist Arthur Laurents and scenic designer Beni Montresor.
Company: The Making of the Original Cast Album*. WNEW-TV, October 25, 1970. D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary with the original cast.
The David Frost Show: Follies*. Syndicated, June 23, 1971. David Frost hosted a 90-minute special edition devoted to Follies. Cast members Alexis Smith, Dorothy Collins, Yvonne De Carlo, Gene Nelson and John McMartin talked about how they were cast. De Carlo sang “I’m Still Here,” Collins sang “Losing My Mind” and Kurt Peterson, Virginia Sandifur, Harvey Evans and Marti Rolph sang “You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow.” Hal Prince and James Goldman discussed the origins of the show and Sondheim sang “Can That Boy Foxtrot!” and played “Marry Me a Little.”
The Merv Griffin Show. Syndicated, July 24, 1972. Griffin hosted a salute to Follies with original Broadway cast members. They sang “Waiting for the Girls Upstairs,” Yvonne De Carlo sang “I’m Still Here” and Dorothy Collins sang “Losing My Mind.”
Sondheim: A Musical Tribute*. WNET, 1973. Filmmaker Hart Perry’s impressionistic thirteen-minute documentary included archival photographs, rehearsal footage and interviews with participants as they prepared for the March 11, 1973, musical tribute to Sondheim at the Shubert Theater.
Camera Three: Anatomy of a Song*. CBS, March 28, 1976. Frank Rich interviewed Sondheim about the writing of “Someone in a Tree” from Pacific Overtures and cast members Mako, James Dybas, Mark Hsu, and Gedde Watanabe were joined by Sondheim on the piano to perform the song.
Previn and the Pittsburgh: The World of Stephen Sondheim*. WNET, March 28, 1977; PBS, June 29, 1979. Andre Previn interviewed Sondheim and there were performances by David Kernan, Millicent Martin, and Julia McKenzie from Side by Side by Sondheim.
The Mike Douglas Show*. Syndicated, June 14, 1977. Sondheim and Julia McKenzie were guests and she sang “Side by Side by Side” and “Broadway Baby.”
The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour*. WNET, October 24, 1984. An eighteen-minute segment featured an interview with Sondheim taped a few days before the opening of the off-Broadway revival of Pacific Overtures. Conductor Paul Gemignani and director Hal Prince were shown rehearsing the New York City Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd, and Robert Westenberg sang “Color and Light.”
Bernstein Conducts West Side Story*. PBS Great Performances, May 17, 1985. A documentary about the 1985 recording session for the Deutsche Grammophon release of West Side Story. The cast included Kiri Te Kanawa, Tatiana Troyanos, José Carreras and Kurt Ollmann.
60 Minutes*. CBS, March 13, 1988. Diane Sawyer interviewed Sondheim, and he and Bernadette Peters discussed Into the Woods.
Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall*. PBS Great Performances, June 10, 1992. An edited version of the concert. Paul Gemignani conducted the American Theater Orchestra, Kirk Browning was the director, and performers included Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Betty Buckley, Glenn Close, Karen Ziemba, Madeline Kahn, Bill Irwin, Daisy Eagan, Patti LuPone, Jerry Hadley, Michael Jeter, Mark Jacoby, Patrick Cassidy, Victor Garber, Dorothy Loudon and James Naughton.
CBS This Morning. CBS, 1992. Related to Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall, this salute included songs by Helen Schneider.
Kennedy Center Honors*. CBS, December 29, 1993. The Kennedy Center Honor presented to Sondheim included performances by Angela Lansbury, Jason Alexander, Scott Bakula and Bernadette Peters.
Good Morning America*. ABC, May 3, 1994. An interview with Sondheim about Passion with excerpts from Passion, Gypsy and Into the Woods.
20/20: Stephen Sondheim: The Man Behind the Music*. ABC, May 6, 1994. Interviews with Sondheim, James Lapine and Frank Rich, with excerpts from Passion, Gypsy, Merrily We Roll Along and Sunday in the Park with George.
The Charlie Rose Show*. PBS, June 3, 1994. Rose interviewed Sondheim and Lapine about Passion and showed clips from the show.
The Larry King Show. CNN, June 11, 1994. Guests included Sondheim, Mandy Patinkin and Donna Murphy, who performed “I Wish I Could Forget You.”
A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim. A&E, January 12, 1995. Taped at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where Sondheim received the Algur H. Meadows Award, the show featured Debra Monk, Chip Zien and Bernadette Peters.
Inside the Actors Studio*. Bravo, June 7, 1995. James Lipton interviewed Sondheim, and Liz Callaway and Jim Walton, accompanied by Paul Ford, sang his songs.
CBS Sunday Morning. CBS, October 22, 1995. Charles Osgood interviewed Sondheim, with clips from the Roundabout Theater Company’s production of Company.
ABC Good Morning America. ABC, 1996. Joel Siegel interviewed Sondheim and Larry Gelbart, with excerpts from the revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
About Books. C-Span2, January 27, 1997. Sondheim participated in this informal discussion about literature hosted in Barney’s men’s store by publisher Harry Evans.
Hey, Mr. Producer. Great Performances, PBS, August 16, 1998. A tribute to Cameron Mackintosh included songs from Gypsy, Company, Follies and A Little Night Music.
Bernadette Peters in Concert. PBS, August 7, 1999. A concert from the Royal Festival Hall in London included several Sondheim songs.
Inside the Actors Studio: Bernadette Peters. Bravo, November 12, 2000. James Lipton interviewed Peters and she sang several songs.
92nd Street Y Presents: Stephen Sondheim. WLIW, New York. November 6, 2000. An interview with Sondheim and songs by Liz Callaway and Jonathan Dokuchitz, accompanied by Paul Ford.
Stephen Sondheim, Musicals and More. German television, October 14, 2000. A documentary produced by Georg Wuebbolt featuring many interviews and clips.
West Side Story
• The Tex and Jinx Show. NBC, October 14, 1957. Larry Kert and Carol Lawrence were guests.
• Look Up and Live*. CBS, February 23, 1958. The Rev. Sidney Lanier discussed the conception of West Side Story and its representation of juvenile delinquency with Jerome Robbins. Mickey Calin (Callan) sang “The Jet Song” and “Cool,” Larry Kert sang “Something’s Coming,” and Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert performed “Tonight.”
• The Ed Sullivan Show. CBS, September 14, 1958. The Broadway company, with Hank Brunjes as Riff, performed “Cool” on the first anniversary of the opening of West Side Story on Broadway.
• The Ed Sullivan Show*. CBS, November 2, 1958. Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert re-enacted the balcony scene and sang “Tonight.”
• Tony Awards. CBS, June 8, 1980. Debbie Allen led the revival cast in “America.”
• The Merv Griffin Show. Josie de Guzman and Ken Marshall sang “Tonight” from the Broadway revival.
• Liberty Weekend: Opening Ceremonies. ABC, July 3, 1986. Debbie Allen danced “America.”
• In Performance at the White House. PBS, March 31, 1988. Larry Kert sang “Something’s Coming” and joined Judy Kuhn in “Tonight” in a salute to Broadway musicals hosted by President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan.
• Tony Awards*. CBS, June 4, 1989. The Broadway cast of Jerome Robbins’ Broadway performed the “Dance at the Gym.”
• West Side Stories: The Making of West Side Story. 1996. An unaired documentary by Peter Fitzgerald featured interviews with cast members of both the stage and film productions of West Side Story, as well as 8mm behind-the-scenes footage shot on location during the filming of the movie.
• Gypsy Rose Lee. WNTA, April 14, 1959. On the premiere of a prospective talk/variety show hosted by Gypsy Rose Lee, Jule Styne and Sandra Church performed numbers from her forthcoming musical bio.
• Ethel Merman sang songs from Gypsy on numerous programs on television, most notably on Ford Startime: Merman on Broadway, NBC, November 24, 1959.
• Gypsy Rose Lee*. Syndicated, 1965. Ethel Merman was Lee’s guest on the talk show.
• Tony Awards. 1975. Angela Lansbury sang “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from the 1974 Broadway revival.
• Broadway Sings the Music of Jule Styne. PBS, December 1, 1989. Linda Lavin sang “Some People.”
• Kennedy Center Honors. CBS, December 28, 1990. Tyne Daly sang “Some People” in the tribute to Jule Styne.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
• The Garry Moore Show*. CBS, May 1, 1962. Julie Andrews introduced “Love, I Hear” from the musical scheduled to open on Broadway the following week.
• Eye on New York: Angel on Broadway. CBS, January 21, 1964. A documentary about Marguerite Cullman includes Mostel and the courtesans.
• Tony Awards*. ABC, March 28, 1971. Zero Mostel sang “Comedy Tonight” in this 25th anniversary retrospective of Tony-winning musicals.
Do I Hear a Waltz?
• The Ed Sullivan Show. CBS, March 28, 1965. Elizabeth Allen sang “Do I Hear a Waltz?” and Sergio Franchi joined Allen for “Take the Moment.”
• The Tonight Show. NBC, April 13, 1971. Company members performed a number from the show. Larry Kert and Beth Howland are listed on the NBC cards as guests.
• Best of Broadway*. Entertainment Channel, 1982; PBS Great Performances, May 24, 1985. Pamela Myers, Susan Browning and Donna McKechnie sang “You Could Drive a Person Crazy.”
• Kennedy Center Tonight: Broadway Plays Washington*. PBS, March 13, 1982. Elaine Stritch sang “The Ladies Who Lunch.”
• Musical Comedy Tonight (Part 1). PBS, October 1, 1979. Host Sylvia Fine Kaye paid tribute to Company with a sequence including performances by non-original cast members Sandy Duncan, Richard Chamberlain, Bernadette Peters and Carol Burnett.
• Tony Awards. ABC, April 20, 1975. Alexis Smith sang “The Story of Lucy and Jessie.”
• Hollywood’s Diamond Jubilee. CBS, November 11, 1978. Yvonne De Carlo sang “I’m Still Here” at the unveiling of the rebuilt Hollywood sign.
• Best of Broadway*. Entertainment Channel, 1982; PBS Great Performances, May 24, 1985. Alexis Smith sang “Could I Leave You?”
A Little Night Music
• The Tonight Show. NBC, May 10, 1973. Glynis Johns sang “Send in the Clowns” and D. Jamin-Bartlett sang “The Miller’s Son.”
• Best of Broadway*. Entertainment Channel, 1982, PBS Great Performances, May 24, 1985. Glynis Johns and Len Cariou sang “Send in the Clowns.”
• Tony Awards. ABC, April 18, 1976. The original Broadway cast performed the show’s opening number.
Side by Side by Sondheim
• The Mike Douglas Show*. Syndicated, December 7, 1977. Douglas welcomed Hermione Gingold, Larry Kert, Georgia Brown and Nancy Dussault from the replacement cast. Brown, Kert and Dussault performed “Comedy Tonight” and “Love Is in the Air,” Kert sang “Something’s Coming,” Dussault performed “Send in the Clowns,” and Brown sang “I’m Still Here.”
• Tony Awards. ABC, June 5, 1977. Millicent Martin sang “I’m Still Here.”
• The Merv Griffin Show. Millicent Martin sang “The Boy From….” (from The Mad Show).
• John Curry Ice Spectacular. London Weekend Television, December 25, 1976; PBS 1977 or 1978. Millicent Martin, Julia McKenzie and David Kernan performed “Side by Side,” “Send in the Clowns,” “Anyone Can Whistle,” and “You Could Drive a Person Crazy.”
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
• Tony Awards. CBS, June 3, 1979. Angela Lansbury sang “The Worst Pies in London.”
• Tony Awards*. CBS, June 7, 1981. Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou sang “By the Sea.”
• Best of Broadway*. Entertainment Channel 1982, PBS Great Performances May 24, 1985. Len Cariou sang “Pretty Women.” Excerpt from “God, That’s Good” performed by Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou.
• See The South Bank Show under British Television below.
Sunday in the Park with George
• Tony Awards. CBS, June 3, 1984. The original company performed the Act One finale.
Into the Woods
• Tony Awards*. CBS, June 5, 1988. Phylicia Rashad (who replaced Bernadette Peters as the Witch), Joanna Gleason and Chip Zien performed.
• Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall*. PBS, June 10, 1992. Patrick Cassidy and Victor Garber sang “The Ballad of Booth.”
• Good Morning America–Sunday. ABC, May 8, 1994. Jere Shea and Marin Mazzie sang “Happiness.”
• Today. NBC. Donna Murphy sang “Loving You.”
• 20/20*. ABC, May 6, 1994. A segment featured Passion.
• Good Morning America*. ABC, May 3 and 4, 1994. Segments featured Passion.
• National Arts. September 26, 1994. Donna Murphy, Jere Shea and Marin Mazzie were interviewed and clips from Passion were shown.
Diamonds as Big as the Ritz—The Musical: All You Need Is Love. London Weekend Television, April 2, 1977. Glynis Johns sang “Send in the Clowns.”
Comedy Tonight! Thames. April 2, 1980. London’s Pseudolus, Frankie Howerd, sang “Comedy Tonight” on this British special.
The Levin Interviews: Stephen Sondheim. BBC. May 24, 1980.
The South Bank Show. Sweeney Todd: Scenes from the Making of a Musical*. London Weekend Television, July 26, 1980. Opening with the first day of rehearsals of the London production of Sweeney Todd, this ninety-minute documentary focused on the rehearsal process with the musical’s director Hal Prince, the composer and actors Denis Quilley, Sheila Hancock and John Aron.
Royal Variety Performance. London Weekend Television. November 13, 1983. Julia McKenzie sang “Broadway Baby” from the London production of Side by Side by Sondheim.
Razzmatazz and Realism: All the World’s a Stage. BBC. April 15, 1984. Sondheim was a participant.
The South Bank Show. Stephen Sondheim: A Master Class*. London Weekend Television, May 20, 1984. This hour-long documentary showed Sondheim coaching students at the Guildhall School of Music on how to perform and interpret four of his songs.
Royal Variety Show. BBC. November 25, 1984. The West End cast performed “Gee, Officer Krupke,” from the 1984 revival of West Side Story.
Arts Review, London Weekend Television. December 14, 1986. “Next” from the Wythenshawle production of Pacific Overtures.
The Terry Wogan Show. BBC. August 7, 1987. Terry Wogan hosted a special show devoted to the 1987 London production of Follies, featuring interviews with Sondheim and cast members Diana Rigg, Julia McKenzie and Dolores Gray.
The Royal Variety Performance. London Weekend Television. November 29, 1987. Dolores Gray sang “I’m Still Here.”
Evening Standard Awards. Thames. November 17, 1987. Included segment of Follies numbers “Loveland” and “Beautiful Girls” taped live from the Shaftsbury Theater.
Olivier Awards. BBC. January 24, 1988. The cast of the London production of Follies performed “Who’s That Woman?”
Olivier Awards. London Weekend Television. November 29, 1987. Eartha Kitt sang “I’m Still Here.”
Cleo Sings Sondheim. April 4, 1988. A tie-in to the recording featuring music-video-like production numbers.
The Late Show. BBC, September 24, 1990. Ned Sherrin interviewed Sondheim.
Sunday in the Park…with Stephen*. Omnibus. BBC1, March 20, 1990. A two-pronged documentary that focused on both Sondheim’s activities in England as he guided the Royal National Theater through rehearsals for its production of Sunday in the Park with George and his stint as visiting professor at Oxford University that year as the first recipient of the Cameron Mackintosh Chair of Contemporary Theater. The cast included Philip Quast as George and Maria Friedman as Dot and Marie.
Evening Standard Awards. London Weekend Television, November 13, 1990. “Agony” and “The Last Midnight” from the London production of Into the Woods were performed.
The Terry Wogan Show. BBC. December 21, 1990. Julia McKenzie and Nicholas Parsons performed “Hello, Little Girl” and “Agony.”
The South Bank Show: Arts Review. London Weekend Television. December 28, 1990. The opening sequence of the London production of Into the Woods was featured.
Olivier Awards. BBC, April 19, 1993. Henry Goodman and Anthony Barclay sang “The Ballad of Guiteau” from the 1992 London production of Assassins.
Olivier Awards. BBC2, April 18, 1994. The company sang “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” and Julia McKenzie sang “The Worst Pies in London” from the 1993 West End revival of Sweeney Todd.
Face to Face. BBC2, October 9, 1995. Sondheim was interviewed.
Company. See Musicals on Television above.
Pebble Mill: A Little Night Music*. BBC1, January 25, 1996. Actors from the National Theater’s revival of A Little Night Music discussed and performed songs from the musical. The cast included Judi Dench, Laurence Guittard, Sian Phillips, Joanna Riding, Di Botcher, Stephen Hanley, Morag McLaren, John Owen -Jones and Ernestina Quarcoo.
The South Bank Show: Judi Dench. London Weekend Television. October 29, 1995. A profile of Judi Dench in which she sang “Send in the Clowns.”
Evening Standard Awards. London Weekend Television, November 29, 1996. Michael Ball and Maria Friedman performed songs from the London production of Passion.
Theaterland: Saturday Night*. London Weekend Television, December 28, 1997. A ten-minute appraisal of the premiere of Sondheim’s 1954 unproduced musical Saturday Night included clips from the Bridewell Theater Company’s production and performances by Anna Francolini, Sam Newman, James Millard, Maurice Yeoman, Jeremy David, Sion Greiff, Gavin Lee and Rae Baker.
The Show: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. London Weekend Television. August 22, 1999. A documentary about the production in Regent’s Park in 1999.
Love Is in the Air: Zum Siebzigsten. German TV WDR and shown in England via satellite, April 2000. Don Sebesky conducted the WDR Big Band and the Orchestre der Beethovenhalle Bonn in a concert of Sondheim’s work. Helen Schneider sang a medley.
MUSEUM OF TELEVISION AND RADIO SEMINARS
An Evening with Sondheim*. New York, October 27, 1993. An interview with Sondheim about his upcoming musical, Passion, and a discussion of his television work, the influence of Oscar Hammerstein II, the genesis of Evening Primrose and other matters.
A Conversation with Stephen Sondheim*. New York, March 16, 2000. Sondheim discussed the casting of Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters in Sunday in the Park with George, his work on Topper, his enjoyment of teaching, his collaborations with Hal Prince and James Lapine and the workshop of Wise Guys.
Side by Side with Sondheim*. Los Angeles, May 24, 2000. Sondheim’s work was discussed by a panel that included writer and producer Craig Zadan and performers Glynis Johns, Joanna Gleason, Dean Jones, Charmian Carr and Nancy Dussault.