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Sondheim on Sondheim

Photo by Cory Weaver for LOKC

An intimate look at the father of the modern musical, featuring new arrangements of his most beloved work

Hailed as a “revelatory revue full of wonderful moments” and a “funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater’s greatest composer and lyricist,” Sondheim on Sondheim is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter through his beloved songs and words. With exclusive interviews interspersed among favorite songs, audiences get an inside look at the renowned composer’s personal life and artistic process. Honoring the legacy of Stephen Sondheim, who passed away in November 2021, this production features wonderful Sondheim stylists accompanied by the Kansas City Symphony.

Saturday, May 6, 2023 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 7, 2023 | 2:00 pm

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Understand every word: Performed in English with English subtitles.

Sondheim on Sondheim Symphonic Version is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com | Any video and/or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

Sondheim on Sondheim contains four instances of adult language and some mature themes that may be disturbing to some audiences. Read the full content advisory here.

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Principal Cast

Woman 1, Rachel Bay Jones
Recent:
Heidi Hansen, Dear Evan Hansen, Broadway
Catherine, Pippin, Broadway
Salen Morrison, The Good Doctor, ABC

Upcoming:
Audrey McCallister, Young Sheldon, CBS

 

 

Woman 2, Cassondra James
Recent:
Rose, Gypsy, Theatre Aspen
Mary Church Terrel, Suffs, Off-Broadway
Erzulie, Once On This Island, Revival National Tour

 

 

 

Woman 3, Kanisha Feliciano
Recent:
Christine Daaé, The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway
Ann/Judith, Flying Over the Sunset, Broadway
Lily, The Secret Garden, Broadway At Music Circus

Upcoming:
Maria, West Side Story, Lyric Opera of Chicago

 

 

 

Woman 4, Krista Renée Pape
Recent:
Wilhelmina, Listen, Wilhelmina!, Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Mrs. Grady, The Shining, Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Annina, La traviata, Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Upcoming:
Frasquita, Carmen, Opera North
Julie Jordan (cover), Carousel, Opera North

 

Man 1, James Patterson
Recent:
Max von Meyerling, Sunset Boulevard, Music Theatre of Connecticut
Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha, Stages St. Louis
Georges, La Cage aux Folles, The Riverside Theater

Upcoming:
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater
The Addams Family, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater

 

Man 2, Tamar Greene
Recent:
George Washington, Hamilton: An American Musical, Broadway
George Washington, Hamilton: An American Musical, Chicago Production
Ensemble, Love Never Dies, First National Tour

 

 

Man 3, Daniel Lopez
Recent:
Lancelot, Camelot, Gulfshore Playhouse
Christopher, Cinderella, Main Street Theater
Roger Davis, Rent, Rocks at Garden Theater

 

 

 

Man 4, Danny Kornfeld
Recent:
Young Rabbi, Harmony, National Yiddish Theatre FolksBiene
Aunt Caroline, RENASCENCE, Transport Group
Mark Cohen, Rent, 20th Anniversary Broadway Tour

Upcoming:
Soloist, This One’s For You: The Music of Barry Manilow, The New York Pops
Tom, Tripped Up, Universal Studios


Creative Team

Conductor, Andy Einhorn
Broadway music director and conductor Andy Einhorn most recently served as music supervisor and musical director for Broadway productions of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler, and Carousel starring Renée Fleming. Einhorn’s previous Broadway music directing and conducting credits include Holiday Inn, Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Brief Encounter, and Sondheim on Sondheim. Other Broadway work includes Evita and The Light in the Piazza. He recently conducted concerts with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, NAC Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Aspen Music Festival. He served as music director for HBO’s Peabody Award winning documentary Six by Sondheim and music supervisor for Peabody Award winning special Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy on PBS. He is a guest faculty member at Aspen Music Festival and is a regular music director and pianist for The 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists series.

Director, Ken Cazan
Stage director and librettist Ken Cazan has directed over 160 operas, musicals, and plays in America, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Career highlights include world premieres of As One and Miss Lonelyhearts, and American premieres of Handel’s Agrippina, Mozart’s Mithridate, re di Ponto, and Britten’s Gloriana. Additional directing credits include The Cunning Little Vixen, Glass’ The Fall of The House of Usher, Picker’s Therese Raquin (Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theater), and Britten’s The Prodigal Son (Los Angeles Opera) in collaboration with James Conlon. He directed the official 60th anniversary production of Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace, Billy Budd, and Carousel with Central City Opera. Cazan is the Chair of Vocal Arts and Opera and Resident Stage Director at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.


Number Listing

Act I

Overture
“Take Me to the World” | Evening Primrose
“So Many People” | Saturday Night
“Something’s Coming” | West Side Story
“Invocation” / “Forget War” | A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
“Love Is in the Air” | A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
“Comedy Tonight” | A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
“Franklin Shepard, Inc.” | Merrily We Roll Along
“Good Thing Going” | Merrily We Roll Along
“Epiphany” | Sweeney Todd
“I Read” | Passion
“Is This What You Call Love?” | Passion
“Loving You” | Passion
“Send In the Clowns” | A Little Night Music
“Happiness” | Passion
“Ever After” | Into the Woods
“A Weekend in the Country” | A Little Night Music
“Sunday” | Sunday in the Park With George

Act 2

Act 2 Intro— “Kiss Me” | Sweeney Todd
“Opening Doors” | Merrily We Roll Along
“Losing My Mind” / “Not a Day Goes By” | Follies /Merrily We Roll Along
“The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened” | Road Show
“Being Alive” | Company
“In Buddy’s Eyes” | Follies
“Something Just Broke” | Assassins
“Gun Song” | Assassins
“Finishing the Hat” | Sunday in the Park With George
“Beautiful” | Sunday in the Park With George
“Children Will Listen” | Into the Woods
“Company” / “Old Friends” | Company / Merrily We Roll Along
“Anyone Can Whistle” | Anyone Can Whistle


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