Sondheim's Life Explored in Opening Doors Revue Beginning Sept. 30

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30 Sep 2004

Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
Opening Doors, which takes audiences on a journey through the life of Stephen Sondheim and features more than 40 of the composer's songs, begins performances Sept. 30 at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall.

The revue, which plays through Oct. 9, will officially open Oct. 5. Songs from Gypsy, Merrily We Roll Along, Anyone Can Whistle, Into the Woods, Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Bounce, West Side Story, Evening Primrose and more are featured in the production, which stars Jan Maxwell, Gregg Edelman, Victoria Clark, Kate Baldwin and Eric Jordan Young. David Kernan directs Opening Doors, which was first staged in London and then titled Moving On.

According to production notes, Opening Doors takes audiences on an "intimate journey through Stephen Sondheim's life, highlighted by pre recorded narration by the composer himself. The program features over 40 of Sondheim's songs, including many of his most popular works. Grouped thematically, each section represents memorable times in the composer's life — from childhood, his schooling, and growing up in New York City to personal opinions on friendship and posterity as well as work and career. Each musical section is then linked using the composer's narrations and corresponding images of his life and works."

The complete song list for Opening Doors follows:
Act One
"The Hills of Tomorrow"
"Our Time"/"Opening Doors"
"Everybody Says Don't"/"Take Me to the World"
"I Know Things Now"
"Who Wants to Live in New York?"/"What More Do I Need?"
"Uptown, Downtown"
"Another Hundred People"
"I Believe in You"/"The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened"
"Merrily We Roll Along"/"A Weekend in the Country"
"Barcelona"
"A Parade in Town"
"By the Sea"
"Sunday"
"Someone Is Waiting"/"Multitudes of Amys"/"No, Mary Ann"/"Johanna"
"I Do Like You"/"Old Friends"/"Side by Side"

Act Two
"Putting It Together"
"Bounce"
"Something's Coming"
"Everything's Coming Up Roses"
"Loving You"/"Not a Day Goes By"/"So Many People"
"That Old Piano Roll"
"Marry Me a Little"
"The Little Things You Do Together"
"The Miller's Son"
"Goodbye for Now"/"I Wish I Could Forget You"
"Pretty Women /"There's Always a Woman"
"Ah, But Underneath"
"No More"/"No One Is Alone"/"Being Alive"
"With So Little to Be Sure Of"/"Our Time"
"Back in Business"



In addition to director Kernan, the creative team will also include James Scott Wise (choreographer), Walt Spangler (scenic designer), Jane Greenwood (costume consultant), Peter Hylenski (sound designer), Jason Carr (musical arrangements), Rob Berman (music director and piano).

Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim has written a plethora of musicals, including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Passion. He also contributed lyrics to West Side Story and Gypsy, and his newest musical, Bounce, recently played Chicago and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His revised production of The Frogs — starring Nathan Lane — is currently on stage at Lincoln Center Theater. Sondheim was also celebrated at the Kennedy Center with all-star stagings of six of his musicals — Company, Sweeney, Merrily, Night Music, Sunday and Passion.

Part of the Nonesuch at Carnegie series, tickets are priced $35 and $85. The Zankel Hall entrance and lobby are on the east side of Seventh Avenue between 56th Street and 57th Street. For more information, visit www.carnegiehall.org.