Frank Rich Producing Stephen Sondheim Documentary for HBO
10 Jan 2013
Former New York Times chief theatre critic Frank Rich is producing a new documentary on Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim for HBO.
Rich signed a deal with HBO in 2008 to begin creating content for the cable network. In addition to executive producing the documentary on Sondheim, Rich also created the Washington satire "Veep" for HBO, which stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
A release date for the Sondheim documentary has not been announced.
Frank Rich served as the chief theatre critic for the New York Times from 1980-1993. Prior to his career with the New York Times, he was a film critic for Time Magazine. He has published the books "Hot Seat: Theater Criticism for The New York Times, 1980-1993," "Ghost Light: A Memoir" and "The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina."
In 1971 Rich reviewed Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies during its out-of-town engagement in Boston. That review, titled "The Last Musical," established a relationship between the journalist and Sondheim, which continues to this day. The two have sat down for discussions of Sondheim's work in various public forums in recent years.
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