The (Early) Songlist of Sondheim on Sondheim

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The wealth of material from which to choose when creating a new musical revue of songs by Stephen Sondheim is staggering. Between 1954 and 2008, the composer-lyricist collaborated on more than 18 musicals.

The Playbill for the March 19-21 first weekend of previews for James Lapine's newly conceived Sondheim on Sondheim, at Studio 54, includes a list of many musical numbers (known and obscure) from 20 shows (known and obscure, even dating to school days). The songs and instrumental pieces — intermixed on stage with video footage of Sondheim talking about his life and art — are used to ink-in a unique theatrical portrait of the Tony Award-winning, Pulitzer Prize-honored writer.

As the world-premiere musical is now in previews, it's almost certain that the songlist for Sondheim on Sondheim will change before opening night, but we're reprinting it here, in its early form. The asterisks indicate songs written for "but ultimately cut from the originally produced production of the show." The songlist is "subject to change," so keep your expectations flexible.

  • By George (1946), performed at the George School.
    "I'll Meet You at the Donut"

  • Climb High (1951), while he was studying with Milton Babbitt.
    "When I Get Famous"

  • Saturday Night (1954), unproduced until 1997, book by Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein.
    "So Many People"

  • West Side Story (1957), music by Leonard Bernstein, book by Arthur Laurents.
    "Something's Coming"
    "Like Everybody Else"*

  • Gypsy (1959), music by Jule Styne, book by Arthur Laurents.
    "Smile, Girls"*

  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.
    "Invocation/Forget War"*
    "Love Is in the Air"*
    "Comedy Tonight"

  • Anyone Can Whistle (1964), book by Arthur Laurents.
    "Anyone Can Whistle"

  • Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965), music by Richard Rodgers, book by Arthur Laurents.
    "Do I Hear a Waltz?"

  • Evening Primrose (1966), originally broadcast Nov. 16, 1966; written by John Collier & James Goldman for the television series "ABC Stage 67."
    "Take Me to the World"

  • Company (1970), book by George Furth.
    "You Could Drive a Person Crazy"
    "The Wedding Is Off"*
    "Multitudes of Amys"*
    "Happily Ever After"*
    "Being Alive"

  • Follies (1971), book by James Goldman.
    "Ah, But Underneath" (London Production, 1987)
    "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs"
    "Losing My Mind"
    "In Buddy's Eyes"

  • A Little Night Music (1973), book by Hugh Wheeler.
    "My Husband the Pig"*
    "Every Day a Little Death"
    "Send in the Clowns"
    "A Weekend in the Country”

  • Pacific Overtures (1976), book by John Weidman, additional material by Hugh Wheeler.

  • Sweeney Todd (1979), book by Hugh Wheeler.

  • Merrily We Roll Along (1981), book by George Furth.
    "Franklin Shepard, Inc."
    "Good Thing Going"
    "Opening Doors"
    "Not a Day Goes By"
    "Old Friends"

  • Sunday in the Park with George (1984), book by James Lapine.
    "Finishing the Hat"

    Into the Woods (1987), book by James Lapine.
    "Children Will Listen"
    "Ever After"

  • Assassins (1990), book by John Weidman.
    "Something Just Broke"
    "The Gun Song"

  • Passion (1994), book by James Lapine.
    "Fosca's Entrance (I Read)"
    "Is This What You Call Love?"
    "Loving You"

  • Road Show (2008), book by John Weidman, formerly titled Bounce (2003).
    "The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened"

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