Arts & Entertainment

Sondheim on Sondheim

Monique Salle

Stephen Sondheim might not be a famous face, but chances are you’ve heard at least one of his songs.

Squabbalogic’s latest production, Sondheim on Sondheim, takes a look at the man who revolutionised musical theatre with productions such as Sweeney Todd and West Side Story.

Created to celebrate Sondheim’s 80th birthday, this event interweaves video footage of the world-famous lyricist with live performances of his songs, telling the story of his childhood, relationships, his career spanning 50 years, and his songwriting relationship with composer Hal Prince.

Cast member Monique Salle says that audiences should “expect the unexpected”, as there are some surprises in store for even the most die-hard of Sondheim fans.

“I’m definitely a much more educated fan than I was before,” she says.

“That’s kind of the great thing about this show – you see a number, or there’ll be a few numbers from a show and you’ll just want to see that show! It just highlights what a brilliant man he is – he’s both incredibly complex and yet so simple. He’s very witty, very passionate.”

Salle says there’ll be “something for everyone” regardless of whether or not you’re familiar with Sondheim’s work.

“I think anyone who appreciates art or creation or someone who just loves what they do and does it well… they’ll definitely appreciate it.” (AS)

Oct 1-18, Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre, City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale $42-49, (02) 9351 7940, squabbalogic.com.au

BY ANITA SENARATNA

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