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.

Explore the Music

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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 Prince & Sondheim at a Merrily We Roll Along rehearsal, 1982 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

David Loud has frequently collaborated with Stephen Sondheim. Among his many credits, he was the onstage pianist of the original Broadway production of Merrily We Roll Along, music director of the original Broadway Sondheim on Sondheim, and music director of A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair, a collaboration between Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis and starring Bernadette Peters at the New York City Center in 2013. He also has the distinction of simultaneously serving as a cast and artistic staff member of two Broadway shows: Terrence McNally’s Master Class, in which he played Manny and was musical supervisor; and Kander & Ebb’s Curtains, in which he played Sasha and was music director.

For the 2011/12 Broadway season, David was both musical supervisor of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and conductor of the incidental music for Death of a Salesman, starring Philip Seymour Hall. Among his other Broadway credits, he was music director of the original productions of Ragtime, A Class Act, Steel Pier and The Look of Love, and the revivals of She Loves Me, Company, The Boys from Syracuse and Sweeney Todd. This past November David was music supervisor for the world premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Little Dancer, directed by Susan Strohman, at the Kennedy Center.

David has created arrangements for Audra McDonald, Rebecca Luker, Karen Ziemba, Andrea McArdle, Paulo Szot, Betty Buckley 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 the show was released by PS Classics. In December 2012 PS Classics released a two-CD recording of The Land Where the Good Songs Go, David’s sold-out Jerome Kern revue featuring 30 songs performed by Luker, Heidi Blickenstaff, Matthew Scott and others.

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Noah Racey

A New York-based performer, director, choreographer and educator, Noah Racey made his debut on Broadway in the 2001 revival of Follies, and has since appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which he was also associate choreographer for Rob Ashford’s Tony Award-winning choreography; Never Gonna Dance and Curtains. Noah’s directing and choreographic work has been seen regularly in the Town Hall’s Broadway by the Year series, and for its 2007 Summer Broadway Festival production of All Singin! All Dancin! He is currently starring in Holiday Inn at the Goodspeed Opera House. Noah is founder and artistic director of the internationally acclaimed New York Song & Dance Company.

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Kate Baldwin

Kate Baldwin’s credits include several concert appearances with Stephen Sondheim as a featured performer in his critically acclaimed evening, “A Conversation with Stephen Sondheim.” She also had a featured role in the PBS filming of Sondheim’s “Passion.” Baldwin’s Broadway credits include Big Fish; Finian’s Rainbow (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); The Full Monty; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Wonderful Town. Concert and nightclub appearances include the New York Pops; the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center; Feinstein’s at the Regency; Birdland; and 54 Below.

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Heidi Blickenstaff

Heidi Blickenstaff gained widespread notice for her work in [title of show], during both its Off-Broadway and Broadway runs, playing what she called a “concentrated version” of herself. Her other Broadway credits include roles in The Addams Family, The Little Mermaid and The Full Monty. She won a Helen Hayes Award for her starring role in the musical Meet John Doe at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.

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Liz Callaway

Liz Callaway made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along; her Broadway credits also include Baby (Tony nomination); Cats; Miss Saigon; The Three Musketeers; and The Look of Love. Other New York appearances include the legendary Follies in Concert at Lincoln Center; A Stephen Sondheim Evening; Fiorello! (Encores!); and Hair in Concert. The award-winning Sibling Revelry (created with sister Ann Hampton Callaway) was presented at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Boom!, a celebration of the music of the 60’s and 70’s, also created with her sister was recorded live at Birdland, and is currently touring performing arts centers around the country.

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James Clow

James Clow’s Broadway credits include Assassins, Blood Brothers, Company, She Loves Me, Wonderful Town and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. He has toured nationally in numerous shows, including Beauty and the Beast, Into the Woods, Jekyll & Hyde and Oklahoma!. Clow appeared in Lincoln Center’s presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion and on TV in PBS’s “Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall.”

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Jason Danieley

Jason Danieley has been hailed by The New York Times as “the most exquisite tenor on Broadway.” After making a splash in the theater world in Adam Guettel’s Floyd Collins, Danieley has gone on to appear on Broadway in Next to Normal (alongside his wife Marin Mazzie), Curtains, The Full Monty and Candide (Theater World Award winner, Drama Desk nomination). He recently starred in the Broadway-bound production of Cole Porter's Can-Can at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

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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 highly anticipated film adaption of Jason Robert Brown's The Last 5 Years, opening February 15. This past summer he starred as Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland at the American Repertory Theatre in Boston, under the direction of Tony-winner Diane Paulus. In 2012, Jeremy a received Tony Award nomination for his iconic performance as Jack Kelly in the hit Disney musical Newsies. On Broadway, he began as a swing in Rock of Ages, then moved on to star as Tony in West Side Story and originated the role of Clyde in Bonnie & Clyde. He also starred opposite Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah in the 2012 film, Joyful Noise. Lately, Jeremy has been performing his cabaret show, “Breaking Character,” to sold-out houses around the country, including 54 Below. 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. Now playing in the pit orchestra of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, violinist.

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Robert Zubrycki

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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