22. March 2005 · Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Stephen Sondheim! · Categories: imported, Ramble

My favorite musical/opera (you choose … no one quite knows what to do with him!) composer is having a birthday today. He is 75.

Let’s see. Favorite musical? Hmmm. Hard to say. I love the first act of Sunday in the Park with George but I think the second act could use tweaking. Into the Woods is great. I think A Little Night Music is wonderful.

But maybe as a whole … as a complete with nary a problem … would have to be that delightful, light, happy little number, Sweeney Todd.

Okay, so maybe I’m kidding about it being light and happy! But it works. It does what it should do.

And I wish I could play it again. It’s been an awfully long time.

Sondheim is a master with words. And he’s a master putting those words to music.

So I humbly wish him a very happy birthday.

(Tomorrow all my “classical colleagues”, my musical-hating pals, can return to this site. Today you may as well just ignore me. I know you wonder about my sanity for enjoying and, yes, even appreciating and admiring musical theater. What can I say? It works for me. So there.)

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