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6.3.2 Stephen Sondheim: Current Projects




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This article is from the Theatre FAQ, by aku@leland.Stanford.EDU (Andrew Chia-Tso Ku) with numerous contributions by others.

6.3.2 Stephen Sondheim: Current Projects

PASSION (1994; James Lapine)
The new Sondheim-Lapine collaboration was initially announced
to be 2 one-act musicals sharing the theme of physical beauty:
one based on the book MUSCLE, about bodybuilding, and the
other based on FOSCA, a 18th century Italian novella by Iginio
Tarchetti (already filmed as PASSIONE D'AMORE.) Since then,
PASSION has been expanded into a full-fledged show, and in
October 1993, a workshop was held at Lincoln Center Theater.
PASSION began previews March 24, 1994 at the Plymouth Theater
in New York, opened May 9, 1994 to mixed reviews, and closed
January 7, 1995. The original cast included Donna Murphy, Jere
Shea, Marin Mazzie, Gregg Edelman, Tom Aldredge, Francis
Ruivivar, Chris Groenendaal, and Matthew Poretta. The cast
recording (single CD) was released August 23/94. The week
after PASSION closed on Broadway, the production was filmed
for subsequent airing on TV (no broadcast date or network
has been announced).

INTO THE WOODS film (199?; Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel)
In October 1994, and all-star reading of the script was held
at the home of Penny Marshall. Participating in the reading
were Robin Williams (the Baker), Goldie Hawn (the Baker's Wife),
Cher (the Witch), Steve Martin (the Wolf), Danny DeVito (the
Giant), Elijah Wood (Jack and the Beanstalk), Roseanne (Jack's
mother), Bebe Neuwirth (Cinderella's stepmother), Mayim Bialik
(Little Red Riding Hood), Samantha Mathis (Rapunzel), Brendan
Fraser (Rapunzel's prince), Moira Kelly (Cinderella), Kyle
MacLachlan (Cinderella's prince) and Michael Jeter (Cinderella's
father). Marshall is attached as director, though an item
in Marilyn Beck's gossip column in February 1995 reported that
a co-director may be brought in because of the size of the
production. No cast nor start date has been announced.

SWEENEY TODD film (199?; no screenwriter announced)
Tim Burton plans to direct a movie version of SWEENEY, possibly
after the completion of his current movie, MARS ATTACKS! Sondhiem
will write new songs and update older ones for the SWEENEY movie.

SINGING OUT LOUD (199?; William Goldman)
A film musical project to be directed by Rob Reiner.
The project has reportedly been abandoned.

MUSCLE
Sondheim has abandoned work on MUSCLE, which Lapine is
now developing with William Finn and Ellen Fitzhugh.

THE DOCTOR IS OUT: A COMEDY THRILLER
Co-written by Sondheim and George Furth, this play opens
Sept. 16/95 at the Old Globe Theatre in La Jolla, CA and
may possibly transfer to Broadway in the fall or next
spring. The production will be directed by Jack O'Brien.
Two earlier titles, GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER and GUILT BY
ASSOCIATION were found to duplicate a movie and book title,
respectively.

[untitled project]
Sondheim's new musical comedy will be about the Mizner
brothers: Addison (an architect) and Wilson (playwright,
prospector, and businessman). The show is thought to be
based on the book, THE LEGENDARY MIZNERS by Alva Johnston.
There will be a workshop in fall 1995, and a full production
at Kennedy Center in the fall of 1996.

 

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