Sunday Sondheim: Carol Burnett and Ruthie Henshall sing "There’s Always a Woman."

 

 

Stephen Sondheim wrote this for Anyone Can Whistle. This song was cut from that Broadway production, which only lasted nine performances. It’s perfect for Putting It Together, though.  This excerpt, featuring Carol Burnett and Ruthie Henshall, is from the highly recommended Region 1 DVD "Putting It Together" of a live 1999 performance.

 

Fun YouTube comments:

what does Coq Au Vin mean?

It’d be something like: "Cock In Wine" – it’s a French Classic dish, basically it is an old cock with lots of red wine that simmers for hours in order to get the cock soft, but some say that the fact the cock is old makes it more flavorful.
Btw, I think the word joke with "coq/cock" also works in French, correct me if I’m wrong for those who speak French better than me. lol
Explaning it or not, the talent shown in this video is just contagious and hilarious! 😀 2 months ago

the joke does work in French, but more in an ‘asshole’ type of way not a sexual type joke

Sunday Night Sondheim: Everybody Says Don’t

Here’s 2 separate versions of Stephen Sondheim’s “Everybody Says Don’t” from Anyone Can Whistle.

 

 

Regine Velasquez sings “Everybody Says Don’t”

 


 

Lea Salonga also sings “Everybody Says Don’t”

Sunday Night Sondheim: Anyone Can Whistle – Cleo Laine

Though I don’t get her leopard “jumpsuit” or some of the staging, Cleo Laine really gives us a wonderful performance with this somewhat obscure song from a rarely produced Stephen Sondheim show with the same title: “Anyone Can Whistle”  Below the video I’ve attached several YouTube comments that are quite informative and insightful.

Question: I adore Sondheim and his work, and almost always understand it (even the most complex) but for some reason I never understood this song. Any explanations?

The character in the musical (Anyone Can Whistle) is singing about how she can do hard things without problem or error, but the simple things she wishes she could do, she cannot. "What’s hard is simple, what’s natural comes hard." She’s unable to let go of her troubles and she wishes someone could show her how to do that.

From what I read the song is allegorical to the composer’s own insecurities. How many other songs deal with this subject? A masterful yet simplistic and touching song.

I agree. I love it, it’s a shame that it’s so obscure.
I believe it’s about how for somewhat uptight people like Faye (the character), the most challenging things in life (dancing a tango, reading Greek) come natural to them because it actually requires heavy thinking. But an act as easy as whistling (which anyone can do), Faye can’t do it because all it requires is carefree-ness.

and of course whistling is also a metaphor for that simple thing of falling in love which she also finds hard even though she’s desperate to. such a wonderful way of putting it!

Makes me feel like shes packing up to go, maybe begin another life, another time and place, or leaving to go be herself and wander. Gives me hope somewhat in knowing so.

Sunday Night Sondheim: Bring Me My Bride

Something Happened on the Way to the Forum

“Bring Me My Bride”

Roman Captain Miles Gloriosos portrayed as comically under-tall by actor Ed Huether. Directed by Bob Butterley.

SNS: Elaine Stritch sings The Little Things You Do Together

Sunday Night Sondheim: “The Little Things You Do Together

In the recording studio with Stephen Sondheim, recording the cast album for “Company”.  In the recording you’ll see a much younger Sondheim.  One question for Sondheim fans, who is the guy that gives instructions before the recording begins? Is this the book writer of Company?

Elaine Stritch sings "The Little Things You Do Together" from the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company in 1970.

 

A few YouTube comments of note:

1. i love how elaine just commands the room and listens to the other actors as well.

2. Elaine is just being Elaine. She always has to be the center of attention, even now she still doubts her own talents, I would guess. Only proves no one ever gets to be the person they always wanted to be, even when everyone says they’re the best.

       2a. bold statement, do you know Elaine personally i wonder?

       2b. Well said.

3. I don’t think I would be that upset if 70’s styles came back in fashion.

4. Is that Barbara Barrie in the sunglasses?? She’s great!

5. If you look closely you will see Beth Howland singing who played Vera on Alice

        

Sunday Night Sondheim: Sweeney Todd in Japan

Japanese professional theatre’s rehearsal of “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd”, the finale of Sweeney Todd.

CAST: Masachika ICHIMURA (Sweeney Todd), Shinobu OTAKE (Mrs. Lovett), Midoriko KIMURA (Beggar Woman), Sonim (Johann), Yu SHIROTA (Anthony), Michitaka TACHIKAWA (Judge Turpin), Satoru SAITO (Beadle), Shinji TAKEDA (Tobias), Amon MIYAMOTO (Director)

favorite comments:

– I think I prefer this in English
– that’s cuz you speak English
– Reply: No, I just prefer the singers. I’m usually a big fan of Japanese songs

And here’s the Japanese trailer for the movie opening of “Sweeney Todd”, starring Johnny Depp.

Sunday Night Sondheim: Agony (from Into The Woods)

 

YouTube video – “Agony”

“Agony” from Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.

This recording is from October 2006 at Greenville Little Theatre in Greenville, NC – Will Ragland as Cinderella’s prince, and Peter Simms as Rapunzel’s prince.

NOTE: I have to say this is the most beautiful set I’ve ever seen for this show.  Well done Greenville!