"Six By Sondheim" Doc, With Performances by Audra McDonald, Darren Criss, Jeremy Jordan, Debuts on HBO Dec. 9

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09 Dec 2013

Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
Photo by Jerry Jackson/courtesy of HBO

"Six By Sondheim," a new documentary exploring the work of Tony-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, premieres on HBO Dec. 9.

The documentary, which is billed as "an intimate look at the prolific career of renowned American lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim…for whom art and life are never separate," makes its debut at 9 PM ET; check local listings.

Read: James Lapine, Frank Rich and Stephen Sondheim Discuss "Six by Sondheim," New HBO Film About Composer.

"This documentary is a story of both, highlighted by his experiences writing six of his most celebrated songs: 'Something's Coming,' 'Opening Doors,' 'Send in the Clowns,' 'I'm Still Here,' 'Being Alive' and 'Sunday,'" according to press notes. "Told primarily by Sondheim himself, the film draws on his extensive personal archive and dozens of interviews from all stages of his career, underscoring his honesty and passion for his art."

The film also features new performances by Tony winner Audra McDonald, Jarvis Cocker, Darren Criss, Jeremy Jordan, America Ferrera and Sondheim, which were produced for the feature documentary.

"Six By Sondheim" is directed by Tony winner James Lapine, with musical segments directed by Todd Haynes, Autumn de Wilde and Lapine. Lapine executive-produced the film with Frank Rich.

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James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim, Jackie Hoffman, America Ferrera, Darren Criss, Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan
Photo by Matthu Placek/courtesy of HBO