Presented Jan. 10, 11 and 12, David Loud is artistic director and host of the evenings presented as part of the Lyrics & Lyricists series at 92Y.
"Join us to explore one of the most creative and productive partnerships in Broadway’s history," press notes state. "From 1970 to 1981, Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince collaborated on a series of new musicals that would forever redefine what was possible in musical theatre. As composer/lyricist and director, they devised an astonishing series of groundbreaking works —Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd and Merrily We Roll Along— that remain as exciting today as when they first appeared.
"David Loud notes that when creating an evening of Sondheim material, 'the list of extraordinary songs that one wants to include is so long that no matter what, you're going to leave out something great. When Side by Side by Sondheim – the first full-length Sondheim revue – played on Broadway in 1977, he hadn’t yet written Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park With George, Into the Woods or Passion.' So Loud decided to focus on the shows that Sondheim wrote in collaboration with director and producer Harold Prince. 'It was a remarkable partnership. I can't think of another one like it. And the six shows they created together don't live comfortably in existing styles; they create new styles, new forms, new genres, even. Sondheim was somehow able to continually reinvent himself as a composer, depending on what was required for each particular project, and Prince was interested in doing things that had never been done before in musical theatre. Together, these artists redefined what a musical can be."
Phone (212) 415-5500 or visit 92Y.org/Lyrics for tickets and more information.