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   Features  >  LATEST LONDON NEWS

at The Venue

By Roger B. Harris
Published April 20 2007

We live in the Age of Sondheim. Over the last few years, we've had revivals of many of his greatest musicals on both sides of the pond, including Sweeney Todd, Company, Follies, and now Side by Side by Sondheim. The latter is having its first major revival in the West End, playing at The Venue, starting April 26, with a May 1 opening. The show is scheduled to run until July 14. It will be directed by Hannah Chissick. Musical staging will be done by Adam Cooper. Musical supervision by Michael Haslam. Sets and costumes by Bob Bailey. Lighting by Robert A. Jones.

The revue first played London in 1976; it was conceived by David Kernan, with narration by Ned Sherrin. Songs were selected from Sondheim's early shows , including West Side Story, Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music, Company and Follies. Along with Kernan and Sherrin, the original cast included Milllicent Martin and Julia McKenzie.

The show crossed the pond the following year with the same cast, opening at The Music Box, on April 18, 1977. That production closed on March 19, 1978.

Interestingly, though not considered a sequel, Putting It Together, a compilation of Sondheim's later work( and some earlier songs), opened at Manhattan Theatre Club on March 2, 1993. It had a cast led by Julie Andrews, with Stephen Collins, Rachel York, Christopher Durang and Michael Ruppert.

The cast for the upcoming revival includes Josie Walker, Alistair Harvey and Abbie Osman, along with a rotating narrator. Scheduled to play that role are Christopher Cazenove, Barry Cryer, Angela Rippon and Les Dennis.



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