Jan 2013 06

Biography of Stephen SondheimComments Off on Biography of Stephen Sondheim

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imgres-4Stephen Sondheim, one of the most influential and accomplished composer/lyricists in Broadway history, was born in New York City and raised in New York and Pennsylvania. As a teenager he met Oscar Hammerstein II, who became Sondheim’s mentor. Sondheim graduated from Williams College, where he received the Hutchinson Prize for Music Composition. After graduation he studied music theory and composition with Milton Babbitt. He worked for a short time in the 1950’s as a writer for the television show Topper.??Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (1962), ANYONE CAN WHISTLE (1964), COMPANY (1970), FOLLIES (1971), A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (1973), THE FROGS (1974), PACIFIC OVERTURES (1976), SWEENEY TODD (1979), MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (1981), SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (1984), INTO THE WOODS (1987), ASSASSINS (1991), PASSION (1994) and ROAD SHOW (2008), as well as lyrics for WEST SIDE STORY (1957), GYPSY (1959), DO I HEAR A WALTZ? (1965) and additional lyrics for CANDIDE (1973). SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM (1976), MARRY ME A LITTLE (1981), YOU’RE GONNA LOVE TOMORROW (1983), PUTTING IT TOGETHER (1993/99), MOVING ON (2001) and SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM (2010) are anthologies of his work as composer and lyricist. For films, he composed the scores of Stavisky (1974) and co-composed Reds (1981) as well as songs for Dick Tracy (1990). He also wrote the songs for the television production Evening Primrose (1966), co-authored the film The Last of Sheila (1973) and the play Getting Away with Murder (1996) and provided incidental music for the plays The Girls of Summer (1956), Invitation to a March (1961), Twigs (1971) and The Enclave (1973). SATURDAY NIGHT (1954), his first professional musical, finally had its New York premiere in 1999. ??Mr. Sondheim has received the Tony Award for Best Score/Music/Lyrics for COMPANY, FOLLIES, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, INTO THE WOODS and PASSION, all of which won the New York Drama Circle Award for Outstanding/Best Musical, as did PACIFIC OVERTURES and SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. In total, his works have accumulated more than sixty individual and collaborative Tony Awards. “Sooner Or Later” from the film Dick Tracy won the 1999 Academy Award for Best Song. Mr. Sondheim received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1984 for SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. In 1983 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which awarded him the Gold Medal for Music in 2006. In 1990 he was appointed the first Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Oxford University and was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in the 1993 Kennedy Center Honors. Mr. Sondheim is on the Council of the Dramatists Guild, the national association of playwrights, composers and lyricists, having served as its President from 1973 to 1981. In 1981 he founded Young Playwrights Inc. to develop and promote the work of American playwrights aged 18 years and younger. ??His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat (2010) and Look, I Made A Hat (2011).

Jan 2013 17

Sara-Jeanne Hosie stars in Side by Side by SondheimComments Off on Sara-Jeanne Hosie stars in Side by Side by Sondheim

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Sara-Jeanne Hosie stars in Side by Side by Sondheim with Saltwater

Sara-Jeanne Hosie stars in Side by Side by Sondheim with Saltwater

Side by Side by Sondheim at the Metro from Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013


Sara-Jeanne is an actor, director and choreographer. An island girl at heart, Sara-Jeanne is always thrilled to come back home to work. Victoria audiences would know Sara-Jeanne as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Bluebridge Rep Theatre); Patsy Cline in A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, a role she continues to play nationally; and Rona in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Belfry Theatre/Jessie Award) Other Favourite Credits as an actor include; Fantine in Les Miserables, Betty Haynes in White Christmas, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Sarah in Company, (Arts Club Theatre); Adelaide in Guys & Dolls (Jessie nomination); Velma Kelly in Chicago (Sterling nomination); Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Mayfield Theatre); Nellie in South Pacific (Chemainus) Babette in Beauty and the Beast (Citadel); Ernestina in Hello Dolly (The Playhouse); Vaudeville and Damn Yankees(Drayton); Cassie in A Chorus Line (RCMT). As a Director/Choreographer her work includes The Buddy Holly Story, Chickens, Blood Brothers,The Altar Boyz, SUDS “the Rockin 60’s Musical”, Title of Show, Glory Days, Ruthless, and Songs for a New World. This is SJ’s first production with Saltwater and she would like to thank Joanne and her team for bringing her on board. This summer SJ will be returning to the island to Direct and Choreograph My Fair Lady for Bluebridge Repertory Theatre. For more info PLEASE visit www.sjhosie.com


A Musical Entertainment presented by Saltwater Inc.

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

With Music by Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers & Jule Styne

Produced on Broadway by Harold Prince in association with Ruth Mitchel

Metro Studio 1411 Quadra Street Victoria, BC


Thursday, February 28 @ 8:00 pm

Friday, March 1, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 2 @ 2:00 pm                  Saturday, March 2 @ 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 3@ 4:00 pm

$30.00 ADULT $22.00 STUDENT & SENIOR


“A ravishing musical retrospective” – New York Post

“This is a dream of a show……happy, funny, witty and so compassionate. It makes you feel good!” – New York Times


             Sara-Jeanne Hosie*              Mike Delamont 

Alison Roberts*     Joseph Bulman


Alan Macdonald


Michael Drislane, Pianist

Sean Guist, Director        Phoebe Rumsey, Choreographer

Joanne Hounsell, Music Director

Saltwater Inc.

“Saltwater is musically inspired and theatrically driven to engage the senses and the imaginations of everyone.”


Side By Side By Sondheim is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI

* Sara-Jeanne Hosie and Alison Roberts appear with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.