Ruth Leon recommends…Putting It Together – Sondheim Review

Ruth Leon recommends…Putting It Together – Sondheim Review

Ruth Leon recommends

norman lebrecht

November 19, 2021

Putting It Together – Sondheim Review
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​This is a musical revue showcasing the songs of Stephen Sondheim. Drawing its title from a song in Sunday in the Park with George, it was devised by Sondheim and Julia McKenzie. There have been a number of productions, beginning with its premiere in England in 1992, Broadway in 1999 and the West End in 2014.

This is the Broadway production which originated at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and transferred to Broadway the following year, opening in November 1999 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it ran for 123 performances, including previews.   This production is directed by Eric D. Schaeffer and choreographed by Bob Avian. The video was directed by Don Roy King.

The Broadway cast stars Carol Burnett, George Hearn,  Ruthie Henshall, John Barrowman, and Bronson Pinchot.  The production marked the return of Burnett to the Broadway stage for the first time since her success in Moon Over Buffalo in 1995. Hearn was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

While the rest of the cast are strong, of course, the reason to watch this show is the great Carol Burnett who finds her own route through each of her songs and tells us a story with each one. Unless, of course, you’re not a Sondheim fan in which case there’s no hope for you.

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  • PS says:

    Everybody’s got the right to be happy.

  • operacentric says:

    Who is this Ruth Leon and why is she plugging a show that closed around 20 years ago. I saw it on a week’s opera trip to New York one freezing January, sandwiched between Walkure, Rosenkavalier, Hoffmann and Traviata at the Met!

  • Liz says:

    I will always be thankful to Ruth Leon for providing weekly links to opera, music, theatre and dance for those of us in lockdown all over the world in 2020/2021. Through her I have travelled remotely to opera and concert performances in many US and European theatres. Not everyone can go to the Met. Many of us here in Sydney have to enjoy HD in cinemas when they are open or Met on Demand.