SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM Song List

With opening night here, the time has come when the set list of songs for Sondheim on Sondheim is finally frozen and any and all rumours about what will be replaced or reallocated can be put to rest. Here is what you will see if you go down to Studio 54 to catch the show:

  • “Invocation/Forget War”, an unused song from “Forum
  • “Love Is in the Air”, an unused song from “Forum
  • “Comedy Tonight” from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  • “Take Me to the World” from Evening Primrose
  • “Talent” from Road Show
  • “When I Get Famous” from Climb High
  • “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story
  • “So Many People” from Saturday Night
  • “You Could Drive a Person Crazy” from Company
  • “The Wedding Is Off”, an unused song from Company
  • “Do I Hear a Waltz?” from Do I Hear a Waltz?
  • “Franklin Shepard, Inc.” from Merrily We Roll Along
  • “Now You Know” from Merrily We Roll Along
  • “Do I Hear a Waltz?” from Do I Hear a Waltz?
  • “Good Thing Going” from Merrily We Roll Along
  • “Waiting for the Girls Upstairs” from Follies
  • “Epiphany” from Sweeney Todd
  • “The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened” from Road Show
  • “Happiness” from Passion
  • “Fosca’s Entrance (I Read)” from Passion
  • “Is This What You Call Love?” from Passion
  • “Loving You” from Passion
  • “Ever After”/”A Weekend in the Country”/”Sunday” from Into the Woods/A Little Night Music/”Sunday in the Park with George
  • “God”, a new song written for the production
  • “Losing My Mind”/”Not a Day Goes By” from Follies/Merrily
  • We Roll Along
  • “Opening Doors” from Merrily We Roll Along
  • “Multitudes of Amys”, an unused song from Company
  • “Happily Ever After”, an unused song from Company
  • “Being Alive” from Company
  • “Ah, But Underneath” from Follies (1987)
  • “In Buddy’s Eyes” from Follies
  • “Something Just Broke” from Assassins
  • “The Gun Song” from Assassins
  • “Smile, Girls”, an unused song from Gypsy
  • “Finishing the Hat” from Sunday in the Park with George
  • “Beautiful” from Sunday in the Park with George
  • “Children Will Listen” from Into the Woods
  • “Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night Music
  • “Company”/”Old Friends” from Company/Merrily We Roll Along
  • “Anyone Can Whistle” from Anyone Can Whistle

“I’ll Meet You at the Donut” from By George and “Like Everybody Else”, an unused song from West Side Story are also heard, along with snippets of other songs.

Looking over this list, there are two notable omissions: Pacific Overtures and Dick Tracy. The latter was used in both versions of Putting It Together, so perhaps that was the reasoning behind it, but it still seems odd not to have Sondheim’s “Best Song” Academy Award represented in a show like this. The lack of anything from Pacific Overtures, which features a major and seminal Sondheim song in “Someone in a Tree”, is unforgivable.

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