Review Roundup: SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM

Broadway’s new Sondheim revue, Sondheim on Sondheim, has opened to a mixed set of reviews. Some performances are praised (Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, other slated (Tom Wopat); many critics lament the reduced arrangements of the songs that Roundabout pimped as one of the main attractions of the production; and most critics agree that the high point of this production is the video footage around which the production is built. While I’m still not particularly enamoured by the idea of another Sondheim revue with a bunch of people interpreting songs in a context that is framed in some way by some kind of contextual commentary, it seems that the execution of the idea has been achieved fairly successfully, thanks in no small part to the inclusion of the video footage featuring Sondheim himself. This remains the major drawcard of the production for me and I would hope to see that material released in some way, preferably on a DVD that could accompany the inevitable cast recording of this show. What follows is a roundup of what the critics are saying about the show:

Raves … p.2
Positive … p.3
Mixed … p.4
Negative … p.5
Pans … p.6

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