Saturday, May 5, 2012

May 16-July 8, 2012 or call 216-241-6000

Bob Abelman

There is much to like in “Sondheim on Sondheim.”  Stephen Sondheim is indisputably the most influential song writer to emerge in the last half-century, and this production nicely showcases the reasons why.  But is there enough in this musical revue to love?  Not so much. It has something for everyone but not enough for anyone.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's News-Herald article here.

Roy Berko

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, in its regional premiere, was a major disappointment. I wanted so much to be involved, to be excited, to gain a further appreciation of the “amplifications, dogmas, harangues, anecdotes and miscellany” that makes Sondheim Sondheim.

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog entry at:

Kerry Clawson

Sondheim on Sondheim, the musical revue making its regional debut at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, achieves what it set out to do by taking audience members on a journey that results in a deepened understanding of Sondheim the man.
The presence of composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim himself --- featured larger than life in video interviews from his home as well as archival TV footage -- is the key element of the production that enables that to happen. We see the Broadway legend, whose career spans more than 50 years, in a relaxed state, speaking about his creative process.
To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.

Fran Heller
Unlike other Sondheim songfests, this show is an amalgam of song and story culled from Sondheim's nineteen musicals and interspersed with video interviews of the musical maestro. The show offers a rare glimpse of the man behind the musical genius. He is warm, funny, self-effacing, honest and open about his difficult relationship with his mother and his emotionally deprived childhood.

To see a full review of this show, read Fran Heller's review at the Cleveland Jewish News

Christine Howey
This roughly chronological journey through la vie Sondheim is an often enthralling biography for lovers of Broadway music. 
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's blog Rave and Pan

Sondheim On Sondheim resembles a live action, musical, biographical documentary, but does it REALLY well!

To see a full review of this show, read Kory's blog here.

Art Thomas
Even Sondheim's most dedicated fans will learn something about his approach to his craft. For those less dedicated, this production is well-sung, but incredibly dense fare. Don't expect joyous escapism in this musical revue.
Click here to read the complete review at WestLife