Esparza Offers Sondheim Mid-Mamet at Dec. 13 Speed-the-Plow

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Theatregoers who attended the Dec. 13 matinee of the acclaimed revival of Speed-the-Plow at the Barrymore were not only treated to the prose of David Mamet but also to the lyrics (and melody) of Stephen Sondheim.

When a technical malfunction stopped the play following the show's first scene, audience members asked musical theatre favorite Raul Esparza, who co-stars in the production, to entertain with a song. The three-time Tony nominee consented and performed Sondheim's "Marry Me a Little" a cappella, according to The New York Times.

The play resumed following Esparza's rendition of the Company tune. Esparza, it should be noted, was Tony-nominated for his performance as Bobby in the most recent Broadway revival of Company.

Jeremy Piven and Elisabeth Moss are also featured in the Speed-the-Plow revival, which is playing a limited engagement through Feb. 22, 2009. Atlantic Theater Company artistic director Neil Pepe directed.

"Speed-the-Plow focuses on two high-powered Hollywood executives, Charlie Fox and Bobby Gould, who have come up from the mailroom together," according to press notes. "Charlie brings Bobbie a surefire hit with a major star attached. Bobby seems certain to give the green light, until his beautiful new secretary gets involved."

The Barrymore Theatre is located at 243 West 47th Street. Tickets are available through Telecharge, (212) 239-6200 or

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