PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Pirates of Penzance and Little Night Music's Hunter Ryan Herdlicka Picks Sondheim Favorites

By Michael Gioia
10 Jul 2013

"In Buddy's Eyes" from Follies. It's so hard to find a performance of this song that really works. The song is so much more than what it appears to be. It's a moment for Sally to try and convince Ben and herself that she is completely happy and satisfied while they both (along with the audience) see how absolutely miserable she is underneath. Sondheim's signature is expressing regret and the dichotomy of emotions, playing the opposite. For example, when the song is at its most ballad-like phrases, there is still a haunting, pulsing bass underneath keeping it alive, like a heart or a time bomb, if you will.