Join us to explore one of the most creative and productive partnerships in Broadway’s history.

From 1970 to 1981, Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince collaborated on a series ­of new musicals that would forever redefine what was possible in musical theatre. As composer/lyricist and director, they devised an astonishing series of groundbreaking works—Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd and Merrily We Roll Along—that remain as exciting today as when they first appeared.

David Loud, artistic director, music director & host
Noah Racey, stage director
Kate Baldwin, vocals
Heidi Blickenstaff, vocals
Liz Callaway, vocals
James Clow, vocals
Jason Danieley, vocals
Jeremy Jordan, vocals


Joseph Thalken, conductor & piano
Dave Noland, woodwinds
Robert Zubrycki, violin
Sarah Seiver, cello
Bill Ellison, bass
Bruce Doctor, drums


For a selected song list, artistic director intro and bios, click the Program Notes tab.

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Artistic Director’s Statement

By David Loud
(original Broadway cast member, Merrily We Roll Along)

My previous shows at Lyrics and Lyricists were focused on two terrific composers who are not exactly household names: Burton Lane, who wrote several major Broadway scores but who never quite ascended into the Richard Rodgers/Irving Berlin/George Gershwin/ Cole Porter pantheon; and Vernon Duke, a sophisticated and virtually unknown artist who had flop after disappointing flop, despite the fact that each of his scores contained a few delicious songs. Both projects were the results of many months of research and arranging, and I loved doing them. For this season, series artistic director Deb Winer asked me if I wanted to do something a little less “off-the-beaten-path.” I suggested Sondheim, which she enthusiastically agreed to, noting how inappropriately long (15 years!) it has been since the last Sondheim program. I do love the fact that for the Lyrics & Lyricists audience, a Sondheim evening is considered more “mainstream.”

But … putting together an evening of Sondheim material has become almost impossible: the list of extraordinary songs that one wants to include is so long. No matter what, you’re going to leave out something great. Think about it: in 1977, when the first full-length Sondheim revue played on Broadway (Side by Side by Sondheim), he hadn’t yet written Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park With George, Into the Woods or Passion.

So for this concert I decided just to focus on the years that he worked with Harold Prince, and to look at that remarkable collaboration.

From April 26, 1970, to November 28, 1981, New York City played host to one of the most extraordinary partnerships the theatre has ever known. The composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, working with director and producer Harold Prince, created a series of musicals unprecedented in their creativity, their craft, their variety and their vitality, starting with Company (1970), a bitterly witty and refeshingly adult look at the disconnect between love and marriage in contemporary New York City. Their partnership continued through Follies (1971), a massively ambitious, ghost-laden exploration of past and present; A Little Night Music (1973), a breezily rueful adaptation of an Ingmar Bergman film, swirling with waltzes and midsummer sexual tension; Pacfiic Overtures (1976), a startlingly original history of the westernization of Japan, inventively told using Asian theatrical techniques and vividly observed detail; Sweeney Todd (1979), a thrillingly musicalized elevation of a Victorian potboiler into a wildly funny and terrifying exposé of the British class system; and ending with Merrily We Roll Along (1981), jaunty and tuneful and heart-breakingly youthful, using an audacious reverse-chronology to tell its cautionary tale of friendships, betrayals and dreams gone awry.

The six scores for those shows are amazingly different from each other; it’s almost as if Sondheim is reinventing himself as the perfect composer for each of these particular projects. Harold Prince, more than any other director I can think of, was interested in doing things that had never been done before in musical theatre. These shows don’t live comfortably in existing styles; they create new styles, new forms, even new genres. Together, these artists redefined what a musical can be.

Photo: Hal Prince and Stephen Sondheim in rehearsal for Merrily We Roll Along, 1981.

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Selected Song List

As a special preview, here is a selection of songs from:
A Good Thing Going: The Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince Collaboration

BEING ALIVE
Lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim
From Company (1971)

COULD I LEAVE YOU?
Lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim
From Follies (1970)

GETTING MARRIED TODAY
Lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim
From Company (1970)

THE GOD-WHY-DON'T-YOU-LOVE-ME BLUES
Lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim
From Follies (1970)

A LITTLE PRIEST
Lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim
From Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979)

LOSING MY MIND
Lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim
From Follies (1970)

NOT A DAY GOES BY
Lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim
From Merrily We Roll Along (1981)

OUR TIME
Lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim
From Merrily We Roll Along (1981)

POEMS
Lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim
From Pacific Overtures (1975)

SEND IN THE CLOWNS
Lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim
From A Little Night Music (1973)

SORRY-GRATEFUL
Lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim
From Company (1970)

A WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY
Lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim
From A Little Night Music (1973)

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Artist Bios

David Loud

This is David Loud’s third Lyrics & Lyricists program as artistic director; his previous concerts explored the music of Burton Lane and Vernon Duke. He began his professional career in 1981, when he was cast as Ted, the onstage pianist, in Harold Prince’s original Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. He was the associate conductor for the Off-Broadway revival of Pacific Overtures; subbed in the pit at Sunday in the Park with George; conducted the Roundabout Theatre revival of Company; served as resident music director for the John Doyle revival of Sweeney Todd; and created the vocal arrangements for the Broadway production of Sondheim on Sondheim as well as for the Encores! concert A Bed and a Chair, a collaboration between Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis.

This past November David was music supervisor for the world premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Little Dancer, inspired by Edgar Degas’s famous statue, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman at the Kennedy Center. Among his other Broadway credits, David was music director of the original productions of Ragtime, A Class Act, Steel Pier and The Look of Love, and revivals of She Loves Me, The Boys from Syracuse and Porgy and Bess.

He also has the distinction of having originated two other roles in Broadway shows: Manny in Terrence McNally’s Master Class, for which he was also the musical supervisor; and Sasha in Kander & Ebb’s Curtains, for which he was music director.

David’s work in Curtains reflects a longstanding relationship with the team of Kander and Ebb. He was music director and vocal arranger for The Scottsboro Boys, and he created the vocal and dance arrangements for And the World Goes ‘Round, which took top Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards. He recently conducted Kander and Ebb’s The Visit at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, starring Chita Rivera and Roger Rees. His concert of Kander and Ebb songs, First You Dream, has played at the Signature Theatre and the Kennedy Center. In October 2013 he was music director for John Kander and Greg Pierce’s The Landing at the Vineyard Theatre.

David has created arrangements for Audra McDonald, Rebecca Luker, Karen Ziemba, Andrea McArdle, Paulo Szot, Betty Buckley, Bernadette Peters and Barbara Cook. He has enjoyed a particularly close collaboration with Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley: he created their show “Opposite You,” which they performed across the country. A CD of that show was released by PS Classics. The label has also released a two-CD recording of The Land Where the Good Songs Go, David’s Jerome Kern revue featuring 30 songs performed by Kate Baldwin, Heidi Blickenstaff, Rebecca Luker and others.

A graduate of Yale University, David has served on the faculties of the Yale School of Drama and Fordham University.

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Noah Racey

A New York-based performer, director, choreographer and educator, Noah Racey has just finished starring in the world-premiere production of Holiday Inn at the Goodspeed Opera House. Noah made his debut on Broadway in the 2001 revival of Follies, and he has since appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which he was also associate choreographer of Rob Ashford’s Tony Award-winning choreography; Never Gonna Dance; and Curtains. Noah is a 12-year resident director and choreographer for Town Hall’s Broadway by the Year.

Noah choreographed Jeff Calhoun’s 2008–09 Irving Berlin’s White Christmas national tour; he was also Calhoun’s associate director for High School Musical and High School Musical 2 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, and for Shenandoah at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. Noah also choreographed the world premiere of Turn of the Century at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, starring Jeff Daniels and directed by Tommy Tune. Other choreography credits include Cinderella and Guys and Dolls at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, Grey Gardens at ACT in Seattle, and Show Boat and Annie Get Your Gun at the Goodspeed Opera House, both of which won the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for best choreography.

Noah is the founder and artistic director of the internationally acclaimed New York Song & Dance Company which premiered Noah Racey’s PULSE, directed by Jeff Calhoun. He is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and is a product of—and strong proponent for—arts funding in public schools. His website is noahracey.com.

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Kate Baldwin

Kate Baldwin returns to Lyrics & Lyricists following her debut in 2009 with lyricist David Zippel. Kate recently appeared on Broadway in the 2013 musical Big Fish. She earned accolades and a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work in Giant at The Public Theater in 2012. She established herself as a Broadway star in the 2009 revival of Finian’s Rainbow, receiving Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award nominations. Her other Broadway credits include The Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wonderful Town.

This past October Kate led the Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of Can-Can alongside Jason Danieley. She has also starred in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas in San Francisco, Detroit and Toronto; The Women at The Old Globe; Henry V at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; I Do! I Do! at the Westport Country Playhouse; and The Music Man and South Pacific at Arena Stage, earning a Helen Hayes Award nomination.

Kate was the featured soloist with Stephen Sondheim in A Conversation with Stephen Sondheim, and she had a featured role in the PBS broadcast of Sondheim’s Passion. Elsewhere in New York, Kate has performed in the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center and at such clubs as Feinstein’s at the Regency, Birdland and 54 Below. As a concert artist, she has been guest of the New York Pops and the National, Detroit and Portland symphonies, among others. Kate’s debut album on PS Classics, Let’s See What Happens, features songs by Lane and Harburg, and her second CD, She Loves Him, celebrates the work of Sheldon Harnick. Her website is kate-baldwin.com.

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Heidi Blickenstaff

Closing a busy 2014, Heidi Blickenstaff has been starring as Emily Hobbs in a production of Elf at the Paper Mill Playhouse that just closed this past Sunday. Her extensive concert work this year has taken her from The Greek Isles with Disney to New York’s Birdland singing the songs of Georgia Stitt. Earlier this fall, Heidi was seen in the NAMT Theatre Festival starring in Adam Gwon and Sarah Hammond’s String. Last April she made her New York City Center Encores! debut as Cleo in the critically acclaimed production of The Most Happy Fella.

Heidi was most recently seen on Broadway as Alice Beinekei in The Addams Family. She was part of the original creative team of the Tony-nominated and Obie Award-winning musical, [title of show], where she played herself. Also on Broadway, Heidi played Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid; she made her Broadway debut in The Full Monty in 2001. Off-Broadway, Heidi rejoined her [title of show] partners for Now. Here. This. at the Vineyard Theatre. She also starred in the one-woman show Mosaic at Primary Stages, and she appeared in the 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists shows on Burton Lane and Vernon Duke.

Heidi won a Helen Hayes Award for her starring role as Ann Mitchell in the musical version of the Frank Capra film, Meet John Doe, at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. Her favorite regional credits include First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb at both The Kennedy Center and Signature Theatre, and Next to Normal as Diana at The Weston Playhouse. Heidi is a graduate of Duke University.

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Liz Callaway

Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist Liz Callaway made her Broadway debut in Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. She appeared with him in A Stephen Sondheim Evening and “Inside the Actor’s Studio: Stephen Sondheim,” and she played Young Sally in the legendary Follies in Concert at Lincoln Center. Liz earned a Tony Award nomination for her role in Baby and starred in Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, The Look of Love and Cats, where she played Grizabella for five years.

Off-Broadway, Liz garnered a Drama Desk Award nomination for The Spitfire Grill and appeared in Brownstone, No Way to Treat a Lady, Marry Me a Little and Godspell. Her other New York appearances include “Hair in Concert” and Fiorello! at New York City Center Encores! She received an Emmy Award for hosting "Ready to Go," a daily live children’s program on CBS in Boston, and she has provided the singing voice for numerous animated movies, including Anastasia, in which she sang the Academy Award nominated song “Journey to the Past.”

Liz’s extensive concert and symphony career includes appearances in London, Paris and Barcelona as well as in Iceland, China, Australia, and nearly every major city in the US. She has toured with composer Stephen Schwartz and performs regularly with her sister, Ann Hampton Callaway. Liz recently had the pleasure of singing “Chances Are” with singing legend Johnny Mathis in Vancouver. Liz has five solo recordings: Passage of Time, The Story Goes On, Anywhere I Wander, The Beat Goes On and her new Christmas album Merry and Bright. Her website is lizcallaway.com.

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James Clow

James Clow has just completed the national tour of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. His Broadway credits include the revivals of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Wonderful Town, Company and She Loves Me, and the original Broadway productions of Assassins and Blood Brothers. James’s other New York appearances include Captain Hook opposite Cathy Rigby in Peter Pan at Madison Square Garden, Charlie Bentham in Marc Blitzstein’s Juno at the Vineyard Theatre, and New York City Center Encores! productions of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Pipe Dream.

James has appeared in productions at more than three dozen regional theaters, including 1776 at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Romeo and Juliet at Syracuse Stage, The Heidi Chronicles at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and The Substance of Fire at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany. His national tours include Peter Pan, Les Misérables, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oklahoma!, Jekyll and Hyde and Into the Woods.

James’s Sondheim television appearances include the PBS “Live From Lincoln Center” presentation of Passion and “Great Performances” program, “Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall.” His other television credits include the CBS series "The Good Wife" and "The Young and the Restless." This is his fourth Lyrics & Lyricists show; he has appeared in programs on Sheldon Harnick, Burton Lane and Vernon Duke. James holds a BFA from Syracuse University, and he has attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts as well as Groundlings Improv.

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Jason Danieley

Jason Danieley opened the Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2014/15 season last October with Kate Baldwin in the Broadway-bound reenvisioning of Can-Can. He has been seen on Broadway in Next to Normal, co-starring with his wife, Marin Mazzie; Curtains; The Full Monty, in which he also appeared in London’s West End; and Candide, which earned him a Theatre World Award. Jason has had leading roles in New York City Center Encores! productions of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Strike Up the Band.

This past summer Jason co-starred with Chita Rivera in The Visit by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Terrence McNally, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Other regional theater appearances include four world premieres: Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner’s Secondhand Lions; Burt Bacharach’s Some Lovers; Michael John LaChiusa’s The Highest Yellow, earning Jason a Helen Hayes Award; and Tina Landau’s Beauty. He has also had starring roles in Sunday in the Park with George, Casino Paradise and Brigadoon.

Jason has appeared on numerous PBS “Great Performances” and “Live From Lincoln Center” telecasts, including South Pacific at Carnegie Hall; Carousel and Sondheim: The Birthday Concert, both with the New York Philharmonic; and Ring Them Bells, a tribute to Kander and Ebb. He has appeared with such leading American orchestras as the New York, Boston and Philly Pops and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Jason and Marin have presented their cabaret concerts of “Opposite You” and “He Said/She Said” in prestigious nightclubs across the country. Jason’s website is jasondanieley.com.

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Jeremy Jordan

Jeremy Jordan was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. A rising star of stage and screen, he starred as Jimmy Collins on NBC’s musical drama, “Smash.” He can be seen starring opposite Anna Kendrick in the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, opening February 15. This past summer he starred as J. M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, in Finding Neverland at the American Repertory Theatre in Boston, under the direction of Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.

In 2012 Jeremy received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle award nominations for his performance as Jack Kelly in the hit Disney musical, Newsies. He began his Broadway career as a swing in Rock of Ages, then moved on to star as Tony in West Side Story, and he originated the role of Clyde in Bonnie & Clyde, which won him a Theatre World Award.

In November 2012 Jeremy appeared in the Steven Sondheim revue, A Bed and a Chair for New York City Center Encores!, and he was featured in the HBO TV movie, Six by Sondheim. Among his other film and television credits, Jeremy starred opposite Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah in the 2012 film, Joyful Noise, and he was a guest star in “Elementary” and “Law & Order: SVU.” Lately, Jeremy has been performing his cabaret show, “Breaking Character,” to sold-out houses around the country, including an extended run at 54 Below. He made his Lyrics & Lyricists debut in last January’s salute to MGM musicals. Jeremy has a BFA in performance from Ithaca College.

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Joseph Thalken

Joseph Thalken is an award-winning composer/conductor/ pianist who co-created the musicals Harold & Maude, Was, And the Curtain Rises and Borrowed Dust, which has recently been released on CD. He is a member of a select group of composers, including Stephen Sondheim and Adam Guettel, whose music has been supported by the Shen Family Foundation’s prestigious Musical Theater Composers Initiative. On Broadway, Joseph conducted the orchestras of Victor/Victoria and Gypsy. He has served as music director or pianist for Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Crawford, Polly Bergen, Barry Manilow and many others. Last month Joseph and playwright Martin Moran presented a show at 54 Below with guest appearances by Jason Danieley, Rebecca Luker, Brian d’Arcy James and Marin Mazzie.

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Dave Noland

Winds player Dave Noland is currently playing on Broadway in If/Then. His recent Broadway credits include Annie, Follies and Leap of Faith, and in 2010 he appeared onstage as a featured soloist for Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away. Dave has played with such stars as Michael Feinstein, Lorna Luft and Chita Rivera, and he has appeared with such ensembles as the Pete McGuinness and Vanguard jazz orchestra and the New York and Long Island philharmonics. Dave’s first album, Nomad, was released in 2006 on the Jazz Excursion label. His website is davenolandmusic.com.

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Robert Zubrycki

Now playing in the pit orchestra of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, violinist Robert Zubrycki also regularly performs for New York City Center Encores! productions. His many recordings range from the “Lost in Boston” series to Broadway cast recordings of The Little Mermaid and Gypsy with Patti LuPone. He won an Emmy Award for his musical contribution to the HBO documentary “The Curse of the Bambino,” and he has performed for many other documentary films. As a classical musician, Robert is currently concertmaster of the New York City Chamber Orchestra, and he is a member of the American Symphony, the Opera Orchestra of New York and the Queen’s Chamber Trio among many others.

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Sarah Seiver

Sarah Seiver was the cellist for the recent Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway and will next play in the revival of On The Twentieth Century. She has been a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for 29 years and the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra for 14 seasons. Sarah has performed and recorded with artists as varied as RZA, Ute Lemper and the New York Philharmonic. She gave her solo debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1971 and performed as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra in 2007. She graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and has degrees from Harvard College and The Juilliard School.

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Bill Ellison

Bassist Bill Ellison has played in more than 60 Broadway shows, including the current revival of On the Town. He was on Barbra Streisand’s 2006-07 US and European tours, and was bassist with Bernadette Peters for 13 years. He has performed and/or toured with Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth and Jerry Herman, playing on the album An Evening with Jerry Herman. Bill is a 30-year member of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and plays with the Little Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center. Bill can be heard on more than 30 CDs, including 14 Broadway cast albums, three of which won Grammy Awards. He holds a master’s degree from The Juilliard School.

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Bruce Doctor

Bruce Doctor has played drums or percussion for more than a dozen Broadway shows. Most recently he played for Bullets over Broadway and his other Broadway credits include The Nance, The Scottsboro Boys, Curtains, The Wild Party and the original Ragtime. Bruce performed in the Roundabout Theatre’s revivals of The Boys from Syracuse, Company and She Loves Me, and his other Off-Broadway credits include And the World Goes Round and the 1994 revival of Pacific Overtures. Among his regional credits are Little Dancer at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; Curtains at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and The Visit at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Bruce’s international shows include Peter Pan in Moscow.

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