A First for Roosevelt Island

Mark Your Calendars: Jacqueline Lucid-Cusick Brings Sondheim on Sondheim to MST&DA

David Stone
Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License

Six decades of musical theatre wizardry has brought Stephen Sondheim unmatched success. His eight Tony Awards beat Gershwin, Porter, Berlin and Hammerstein. Now, Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, led by Director Jacqueline Lucid-Cusick, is bringing a curated collection of his songs, Sondheim on Sondheim, to Roosevelt Island.

Click here for tickets.

“This is the first multimedia production by MST&DA’s Adult Musical Theatre Studio class,” says Cusick. “It's been very exciting to have Sondheim himself be part of the show.”

To clarify, “Through the use of exclusive interview footage, audiences get an inside look at the personal life and artistic process of Stephen Sondheim.”

That distinction makes Sondheim on Sondheim, first performed on Broadway in 2010, unique to musical theatre. Composer of music and usually lyrics for shows from West Side Story through Gypsy, Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Sweeney Todd to Sunday in the Park with George, Sondheim weaves a long trail of memorable music.

This production takes a different slant.

To accompany taped interviews with Sondheim, the songs — curated by James Lapine — are drawn from 19 shows, including student shows, and along with well-known and not so well-known numbers, there are even lyrics that were cut.

Cusick choses an aggressive approach, “The original production featured a cast of 8. Ours is a cast of 17 ranging in age from 18 through 77,” that makes room for “many different voices.”

11 of those voices are Roosevelt Islanders.

Russ Cusick tackles Sondheim’s musical and lyrical representation of Seurat’s pointillist paintings in Finishing the Hat from Sunday in the Park with George, and Kathleen Weeks takes on the emotionally touching In Buddy’s Eyes from Follies.

Eric B. Cohen tackles my favorite Sondheim song, Being Alive, the closing anthem from Company.

“The tapestry of creativity that characterizes Stephen Sondheim remained largely undiscussed, especially by the man himself, until the creation of Sondheim on Sondheim,” says Music Theatre International. “Far from the typical song cycle, Sondheim on Sondheim has massive theatrical potency, as well as inarguable staying power.”

Cusick is preparing the ensemble for four performances: March 31st at 8:00 p.m., April 1st at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. 

Plan a date. We will let you know where you can get tickets as soon as they become available.

Comments powered by Disqus




Assorted Ideas

Roosevelt Island April 2020

Roosevelt Island, April, 2020, a visual gift for our friends isolated at home or away in the first week of the coronavirus shutdown. By David Stone Twelve months ago, monster crowds filled […]

The post Roosevelt Island April 2020 appeared first on Assorted Ideas, Large & Small.

Is Abraham-Hicks Law of Attraction True?

In Abraham-Hicks law of attraction, Esther Hicks claims a channeled source drops blocks of thought into her head. Does this make sense? Inspiration Did Jerry and Esther Hicks Just Make It All […]

The post Is Abraham-Hicks Law of Attraction True? appeared first on Assorted Ideas, Large & Small.

Cornell Tech Battles COVID-19

Cornell Tech battles COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, wisely and creatively on multiple fronts. Here’s how. Reporting by David Stone 3D Printing Saves Lives In its latest deep dive into […]

The post Cornell Tech Battles COVID-19 appeared first on Assorted Ideas, Large & Small.

1st Roosevelt Island Film Festival

The first annual Roosevelt Island Film Festival, set for August 21st thru the 23rd, opens hopefully past the coronavirus shutdown. By David Stone The festival is the brainchild of actress Toni Vitale. […]

The post 1st Roosevelt Island Film Festival appeared first on Assorted Ideas, Large & Small.

Suraj Patel Tests Positive, COVID-19

Suraj Patel, an attorney and instructor at NYU, tested positive for COVID-19 in the midst of his campaign to unseat Carolyn Maloney in New York Congressional District 12. This is his story […]

The post Suraj Patel Tests Positive, COVID-19 appeared first on Assorted Ideas, Large & Small.