In its new concert series, intended to highlight musical theatre works from the 1970's on, San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre revives the Stephen Sondheim revue, Side By Side By Sondheim, running April 15-May 14 at the Theatre Center. Mike Ward directs and choreographs with musical direction by Michael O'Dell. Side by Side by Sondheim finishes its Sondheim retrospective with 1976's Pacific Overture but features something the recent Broadway Sondheim revue Putting It Together did not: music not written by Sondheim. This revue, instead, runs the Sondheim musical and lyrical gamut from West Side Story, Gypsy and Do I Hear A Waltz? (written with Leonard Berstein, Jule Styne and Richard Rogers, respectively) to Company, Follies, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and A Little Night Music.
Russ Duffy narrates with Erin Dare, Coley Grundman and Linda Haggerty handling the Sondheim tunes.
Tickets are $30-$13. The New Conservatory Theatre Center is located at 25 Van Ness Avenue. For information and tickets, call the NCTC box office at (415) 861-8972.
-- By Christine Ehren