Playbill Radio Will Offer Premiere of "Story So Far" Podcasts About Company, Follies, Sweeney and More

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In conjunction with the new four-CD box set "Stephen Sondheim: The Story So Far," Sony BMG Masterworks has created a series of 30 podcasts, many of which will debut on Playbill Radio.

Playbill Radio will premiere 11 of the podcasts — including interviews focusing on such Sondheim musicals as Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along and more — each Sunday at 7 PM ET beginning Nov. 2, a week before they are available for download.

The first of the premiere podcasts — a look at the creation of Company — will debut on Playbill Radio Nov. 2 at 7 PM ET. Following the premiere, the first six podcast installments will air back-to-back: Intro to Sondheim, Saturday Night/West Side Story, Gypsy, Patti LuPone/"Everything's Coming Up Roses," A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Anyone Can Whistle. (The programs heard on Nov. 2 will be available as downloadable podcasts beginning Nov. 4.)

The internet radio station will also broadcast numerous other "Story So Far" podcasts, including chats with Elaine Stritch, Paul Ford, Paul Gemignani, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Len Cariou, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters and composer-lyricist Sondheim.

The complete list of broadcast dates for the podcasts follows (podcasts that will premiere on Playbill Radio are in bold and preceded by an asterisk):

*Company - (debuting on Playbill Radio Nov. 2 at 7 PM ET)
Elaine Stritch/"Ladies Who Lunch" - available for download Nov. 7
Paul Ford/"Another" - available for download Nov. 7
*Follies - (debuting on Playbill Radio Nov. 9 at 7 PM ET)
Paul Gemignani/"In Buddy's Eyes" - available for download Nov. 14
*A Little Night Music - (debuting on Playbill Radio Nov. 16 at 7 PM ET)
*Pacific Overtures - (debuting on Playbill Radio Nov. 23 at 7 PM ET)
*Sweeney Todd - (debuting on Playbill Radio Nov. 30 at 7 PM ET)
Angela Lansbury/"Worst Pies" - available for download Dec. 5
Patti LuPone/"Worst Pies" - available for download Dec. 5
Sondheim, Lansbury, Cariou, Gemignani/"Priest" - available for download Dec. 9
Cariou/"Barber & His Wife" - available for download Dec. 9
*Merrily We Roll Along - (debuting on Playbill Radio Dec. 14 at 7 PM ET)
Lonny Price/"Franklin Shepard Inc." - available for download Dec. 19
*Sunday in the Park with George - (debuting on Playbill Radio Dec. 21 at 7 PM ET)
Patinkin/"Move On" - available for download Dec. 26
Sondheim/"Color" - available for download Dec. 30
Bernadette Peters/"Sunday" - available for download Dec. 30
Patinkin/"Finishing the Hat" - available for download Jan. 2, 2009
*Into the Woods - (debuting on Playbill Radio Jan. 4 at 7 PM ET)
Lapine & Peters/"Children" - available for download Jan. 9
*Assassins/Passion/Bounce - (debuting on Playbill Radio Jan. 11 at 7 PM ET)
*Away from the Stage (writing for other mediums) - (debuting on Playbill Radio Jan. 18 at 7 PM ET)
*The Story so Far - (debuting on Playbill Radio Jan. 25 at 7 PM ET) For more information visit


In addition to the numerous Sondheim classics, the four-disc set boasts 37 previously unreleased tracks.

The complete track listing for "Stephen Sondheim: The Story So Far" follows.

Disc One

West Side Story
"America" (Marilyn Cooper, Chita Rivera, Shark Girls)
"Tonight" (Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence)
"Gee, Officer Krupke" (Eddie Roll, Grover Dale, Hank Brunjes, Tony Mordante, David Winters, The Jets)

"Everything's Coming Up Roses" (Ethel Merman)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
"Comedy Tonight" (Zero Mostel, Company)
"Everybody Ought to Have a Maid" (Stephen Collins, Christopher Durang, Michael Rupert)
"There's Something About a War" (Stephen Sondheim)

Hot Spot
"Don't Laugh" (Stephen Sondheim)

Anyone Can Whistle
"Anyone Can Whistle" (Lee Remick)
"A Parade in Town" (Angela Lansbury, Ensemble)
"A Hero is Coming" (Stephen Sondheim)

Do I Hear a Waltz?
"This Week, Americans" (Carol Bruce)
"Perhaps" (Stan Stanley)
"Everybody Loves Leona" (Rose Mary Jun)

The Mad Show
"The Boy From…" (Linda Lavin)

Evening Primrose
"(If You Can Find Me) I'm Here" (Anthony Perkins)
"Arts and Crafts" (Anthony Perkins)
"I Remember Sky" (Charmian Carr)
"When?" (Anthony Perkins, Charmian Carr)
"Take Me to the World" (Anthony Perkins, Charmian Carr)

Disc Two

"Another Hundred People" (Pamela Myers)
"The Ladies Who Lunch" (Elaine Stritch)
"Being Alive" (Dean Jones, Company)
"Happily Ever After" (Stephen Sondheim)

"Waiting for the Girls Upstairs" (Jim Walton, Howard McGillin, Mandy Patinkin, George Hearn, Lee Remick, Barbara Cook, Liz Callaway, Daisy Prince)
"Broadway Baby" (Elaine Stritch)
"Losing My Mind" (Barbara Cook)
"I'm Still Here" (Carol Burnett)
"Can That Boy Fox Trot!" (Stephen Sondheim)

A Little Night Music
"The Miller's Son" (D. Jamin-Bartlett)
"Liaisons" (Hermione Gingold)
"Send in the Clowns" (Glynis Johns)
"Night Waltz (Love Takes Time)" (Company)
"Silly People" (Stephen Sondheim)
"Not Quite Night" (Stephen Sondheim)

Pacific Overtures
"Welcome to Kanagawa" (Ernest Harada, Timm Fujii, Patrick Kinser-lau, Gedde Watanabe, Leslie Watanabe, Mako)
"Pretty Lady" (Patrick Kinser-Lau, Timm Fujii, Mark Hsu Syers)
"Prayers" (Stephen Sondheim)
"There is No Other Way" (Stephen Sondheim)

Disc Three
Sweeney Todd
"The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" (Len Cariou, Company)
"Green Finch and Linnet Bird" (Sarah Rice)
"A Little Priest" (Angela Lansbury, Len Cariou)
"The Worst Pies in London" (Patti LuPone, Michael Cerveris)

Merrily We Roll Along
"Not a Day Goes By" (Jim Walton, Ann Morrison)
"Old Friends" (Ann Morrison, Jim Walton, Lonny Price)

Sunday in the Park with George
"Finishing the Hat" (Mandy Patinkin)

Into the Woods
"Agony" (Robert Westenberg, Chuck Wagner)
"Children Will Listen" (Bernadette Peters, Company)
"Have to Give Her Someone" (Maureen Moore, Kim Crosby, George Lee Andrews)
"Interesting Questions" (George Lee Andrews, Maureen Moore, Kim Crosby)
"Second Midnight" (George Lee Andrews, Maureen Moore, Kim Crosby, John Cameron Mitchell)

"Everybody’s Got the Right" (William Parry, Terrence Mann, Greg Germann, Jonathan Hadary, Eddie Korbich, Lee Wilkof, Annie Golden, Debra Monk, Victor Garber)
"The Ballad of Booth" (Victor Garber, Patrick Cassidy, Marcus Olson)

"Happiness" (Marin Mazzie, Jere Shea)
"I Wish I Could Forget You" (Jere Shea, Donna Murphy)

"Bounce" (Howard McGillin, Richard Kind)
"Isn't He Something!" (Jane Powell)

The Frogs
"Invocation and Instructions to the Audience" (Nathan Lane, Roger Bart, Greek Chorus)

Disc Four
"I Must Be Dreaming"
Piano Playhouse (1948)
Cy Walter, Stan Freeman

"Kukla, Fran and Ollie": "The Two of You" (Stephen Sondheim)

Saturday Night
"Class" (Jack Cassidy, Ensemble)
"Love's a Bond" (Arte Johnson)
"In the Movies" (Cast)
"I'm All for You" (Cast)

I Believe in You
Teleplay: Elaine Carrington
unproduced television musical
"They Ask Me Why I Believe in You" (Stephen Sondheim)

Invitation to a March
"Incidental Music"

"Truly Content" (Stephen Sondheim)

The Thing of It Is
Screenplay: William Goldman
Unproduced film musical

"No, Mary Ann" (Stephen Sondheim)

The Enclave
"Incidental Music"

Screenplay: Jorge Semprun
"Auto Show"
"Arlette by Night"
"Theme (European version)"

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Screenplay: Nicholas Meyer
"I Never Do Anything Twice (The Madam's Song)" (Régine)

Screenplay: Warren Beatty, Trevor Griffiths
"Theme" (Jean-Pierre Rampal, Claude Bolling)

Dick Tracy
Screenplay: Jim Cash, Jack Epps, Jr.
"Sooner or Later" (Madonna)
"Live Alone and Like It" (Mel Tormé)
"What Can You Lose?" (Mandy Patinkin, Madonna)
"Back in Business" (Janis Siegel, Cheryl Bentyne, Lorraine Feather)
"More (End Credits)" (Madonna, Girls)

Singing Out Loud
Screenplay: William Goldman "Water Under the Bridge" (Liza Minnelli, Billy Stritch)

Stephen Sondheim and Steve Berkowitz are executive producers of the box collection. The compilation producers are Didier C. Deutsch and Darcy M. Proper.

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