LOS ANGELES -- Things are coming together for Putting It Together, a revised version of the Stephen Sondheim revue set to open at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum, Oct. 22. Previews begin Oct. 4 for a run through Nov. 29.
A Variety report that Cameron Mackintosh is already planning a Broadway transfer of the show in 1999 was called "not only premature, but just not true" by New York press agents at the Publicity Office (July 31). "Mackintosh retains rights to the material, and he is somewhat involved in the L.A. production," said spokesperson Bob Fennell, "but what happens beyond that, no one knows."
Carol Burnett, last on Broadway in Moon Over Buffalo, stars in the revue, which initially featured Julie Andrews when it played at Off Broadway's Manhattan Theatre Club in 1993. Recently added to the cast are Susan Egan (Beauty and the Beast, Triumph of Love) and Bronson Pinchot (Zoya's Apartment). Pinchot is probably better known for his work on film (Beverly Hills Cop) and television ("Perfect Strangers").
The score of Putting It Together originally consisted of songs from Sondheim's stage musicals and the Dick Tracy movie score, but the new version will include previously unheard material, said a Taper company spokesperson.
Eric D. Schaeffer, who has directed several Sondheim musicals at the Signature Theatre in VA, will direct, with musical staging by Bob Avian, who choreographed the MTC production. Subscriber tickets for Putting It Together are already onsale; single tickets to the public will go onsale sometime during the summer. For more information call (213) 628-2772.