Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created “Sunday in the Park with George” By James Lapine Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374200091 Hardcover/e-Book $40.00 Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN: 9780374200091 416 Pages
Review by Kitty Drexel
BOSTON, Mass. — The world is on fire right now: Texas has nearly outlawed abortion access. The women and girls of Afghanistan are being systematically stripped of their human rights as the world watches. There is still a pandemic and not nearly enough people are getting vaccinated. People in Louisiana don’t have electric power. The West Coast is experiencing a severe drought. The people of Haiti are still recovering from a devastating earthquake on August 14. But, we’re still expected to behave like everything is okay. Things aren’t okay.
I made a promise to post a book review in exchange for a copy of Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created “Sunday in the Park with George.” It was difficult to read this book. It isn’t the book’s fault that extenuating circumstances made focus of any kind difficult. August was a difficult month. The book itself is great.
Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine Directed by Peter DuBois Music directed by Eric Stern Choreographed by Daniel Pelzig Orchestrations and new chromolume music by Michael Starobin
(Boston, MA) Sunday in the Park with George (SitPwG) is a Sondheim/Lapine musical not frequently performed. That’s probably because it’s not nearly exciting as his more popular shows. Yet, It behooves the hundreds of area artists to go see it for their own personal education. Theatre advocates and appreciators should attend because it simply gorgeous across the board. The Huntington gives us a fine production.Continue reading →