Sunday Night Sondheim: *Frogs* Opening Fanfare

Frogs – “Opening Fanfare" featuring Nathan Lane

Sunday Night Sondheim: Dorothy Loudon medley

Wow, this is a great, great arrangement joining 2 of Sondheim’s masterpieces: "Losing My Mind” from Follies and “You Could Drive a Person Crazy” from Companywith the added oomph of Dorothy Loudon as the singer/performer.

Be sure to watch through the entire video to see how the two songs are intertwined.

 

 

This video is an excerpt from the highly recommended 1992 concert DVD "Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall".  More info here.

A few comments from YouTube:

The fabulous Ms Loudon came from a time when you had to be truly talented, and want to actually put effort into your career. Getting on stage was the goal, not instant fame. I love the TRUE divas that have graced the stages of theateres around the world, not the posers that have to be remixed, overdubbed, and half naked in order to sell a cd these days

I think I’m in love.

BRAVO…THE BEST…GENIUS…
ORIGINAL….A TRUE TALENT..
and if she were on american idol she would be voted off…THA’TS HOW LOW THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS SUNK
DOROTHY WAS ONE OF A KIND
WE MISS YOU…

Sunday Night Sondheim: Passion: Act 1, Scene 1

Tony Award Winning Musical PASSION by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine filmed at Broadway’s Plymouth Theatre, starring Jere Shea and Marin Mazzie (orchestrations by Jonathon Tunick).

 

Listen to more tracks from Sondheim’s Passion here.

Sunday Night Sondheim: Cleo Laine sings “I Remember”

Okay, this is a very, VERY odd set – can’t even fathom what it’s supposed to represent.  But nonetheless, I do really love this song: “I Remember Sky” from Stephen Sondheim’s Evening Primrose. And it’s always wonderful to see/hear Cleo Laine perform.

Sunday Night Sondheim: “Johanna” quartet from Sweeney Todd

Here’s a clip from my favorite Stephen Sondheim musical, Sweeney Todd.

 

Notes from YouTube posting:

This clip is from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 1982 Tour Cast, starring Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett and George Hearn as Sweeney Todd, "Johanna (Quartet)", which is the "Johanna" in this recording. It begins with Anthony (Cris Groenendaal) reprising his "Johanna" from Act I before Sweeney (George Hearn) joins in. He sings a very sweet song about his lost daughter as he slits throat after throat. The contrast between his words and his actions is at once funny and sad.
Out comes the Beggar Woman (Sara Woods), who screeches and shouts about the stink and smoke from Mrs. Lovett’s (Angela Lansbury) chimney. She entreats passers-by to tell the Beadle and the police about the "unholy smell", but is mostly ignored.  Meanwhile, Johanna (Betsy Joslyn) is trapped in Fogg’s Asylum, still singing of her marriage to Anthony.

See all Sweeney Todd recordings and books here.

Sunday Night Sondheim: “My Bride” from “Forum”

Here’s "My Bride" from Stephen Sondheim’s Something Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Sunday Night Sondheim: Carol Burnett sings “Everybody Ought to Have a Maid”

Carol Burnett and Bronson Pinchot sing "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid", originally from Stephen Sondheim‘s musical A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum.

This excerpt is from the DVD "Putting It Together" of a live 1999 performance.

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