Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Send In Sondheim

The other day the postman delivered into our hot little hands a copy of Stephen Sondheim's new book Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines & Anecdotes . We are anticipating a blissful holiday weekend lost in all its 445 pages. Of course, the book's arrival sent us straight off to Youtube to see what Sondheimian gems could be found there and we were not disappointed. Here are a few of our favorites:

Thoughts on songwriting from a salon for songwriters at The Academy for New Music Theatre.

A clip from a workshop Mr. S taught at the Guildhall school in the late eighties. It's wonderful to see him work with the students, but the best part is watching his face as he watches and listens to them. By the way the actress in the clip is Jacqui Dankworth, daughter of Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, and an impressive performer in her own right.

Bernadette Peters performs One of our favorite songs from one of our favorite musicals.

Judi Dench sings Sondheim...need we say more?


Charles E. Martin said...

These clips are simply magnificent. I had goosebumps watching Mr. Sondheim instruct his actors/singers. What can be said of Ms. Dench's rendition of "Send in the Clowns?" Perfection.

Marianne said...

Love it, love it, love it! Thanks, WLB, for these amazing clips.