days of sondheim


Stephen Sondheim turned 78 last Saturday. I expect he’s feeling pretty good about it, too, considering that the current season has seen the first Broadway revival of “Sunday in the Park With George” and the release of Tim Burton’s extraordinary film version of “Sweeney Todd.” A birthday boy can never get enough shiny toys, though, so I’m happy to report that Mr. Sondheim is spending the week unwrapping superb stagings of two of his very best shows.

The production of “Gypsy” that opened on Broadway last night is the same one that I reviewed when it ran for three weeks last July at City Center, so I needn’t say much beyond this: No matter how long you live, you’ll never see a more exciting or effective revival of a golden-age musical.

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