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Signature declares ‘So Many Potentialities: A Season of Sondheim’


Signature Theatre declares So Many Potentialities: A Season of Sondheim, a season-long tribute to Signature’s signature, Stephen Sondheim, which highlights the group’s long-time relationship with the legendary composer.

“Because the American theater that has produced and championed extra of Sondheim’s work than another, Signature Theatre is proud to current So Many Potentialities in honor of his reminiscence and in celebration of his unparalleled contribution to the American musical theater canon,” mentioned Inventive Director Matthew Gardiner.

Stephen Sondheim

Signature has produced 31 Sondheim productions in its historical past – greater than another theater in North America. The present season options three extra, bringing the entire of Signature-produced Sondheim musicals to 34, with all new productions of Into the Woods (November 9, 2022 – January 29, 2023), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Road (Might 16 – July 9, 2023), and the hardly ever produced Pacific Overtures (March 7 – April 9, 2023). Along with these three productions, So Many Potentialities: A Season of Sondheim will share the composer’s legacy with Signature’s audiences via extra occasions, together with Merrily We Sing-Alongside, three nights of spirited viewers sing-alongs of Sondheim classics with food and drinks at Ali’s Bar; Into the Phrases, the place Director of Inventive Improvement Anika Chapin, Signature artists, and notable Sondheim specialists analyze and mirror on the phrases and meanings of Sondheim songs; and Sharing Sondheim, a collective effort of Signature artists, audiences and Sondheim followers around the globe to talk or sing the lyrics of each Sondheim tune earlier than the closing efficiency of Sweeney Todd on July 9.

“We’re so excited for audiences to expertise Signature’s model new Into the Woods, the primary of three exhibits honoring the life and work of Stephen Sondheim,” mentioned Managing Director Maggie Boland. “With this manufacturing, Signature kicks off So Many Potentialities: A Season of Sondheim, a season-long tribute to Signature’s signature, Stephen Sondheim. So Many Potentialities goals to broaden the celebration past our exhibits to showcase the genius of Sondheim’s music and lyrics and encourage and enrich the neighborhood. There might be many occasions this season to have a good time the composer the place audiences and Sondheim followers can take part – along with Merrily We Sing-Alongside, Into the Phrases and Sharing Sondheim, there might be in-depth conversations, guide signings, an occasion for the composer’s birthday, and extra.”

Along with the descriptions offered beneath, extra data on the season-long tribute to Stephen Sondheim might be discovered at SigTheatre.org/Sondheim.

SHARING SONDHEIM

A collective Signature effort with the neighborhood to talk or sing all the lyrics from each tune from all the Sondheim exhibits which have been produced. Artists, audiences, neighborhood members and followers around the globe could have the chance to take part in giving voice to the genius of Sondheim’s phrases earlier than the closing of Sweeney Todd on July 9.

INTO THE WORDS

Every month, Director of Inventive Improvement Anika Chapin, Signature artists, and notable Sondheim specialists delve “into the phrases” of Sondheim songs, analyzing the lyrics and reflecting on performing them. Anticipate a mix of podcast content material, essays, seminars, and conversations.

MERRILY WE SING-ALONG

That includes an emcee, pianist, and a few of Signature’s favourite artists, these occasions will enable audiences to affix within the enjoyable in spirited sing-alongs of Sondheim classics. Happening this January via April at Ali’s Bar, every sing-along will characteristic a distinct Sondheim theme.

EVENT LISTINGS

Into the Woods
November 9 – January 29
Tickets: Beginning at $40

Escape right into a fantastical fairytale journey the place desires come true, however not free. A trove of storybook characters’ paths intertwine as they chase their deepest wishes via an enchanted forest. Nevertheless, as soon as they obtain their fortunately ever after, the unintended penalties of granted needs unravel their worlds.

The Signature Present: A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim
Saturday, November 26, Free on YouTube @sigtheatre

This particular episode of The Signature Present on the primary anniversary of Sondheim’s passing might be devoted to remembering his life and work with songs, musical video games, and tributes.

Every little thing Was Potential: Talkback and E book Signing with Anika and Ted Chapin
Friday, December 16, 5-6PM
Free in The Mead Foyer

Director of Inventive Improvement Anika Chapin sits down with writer and former president of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Group Ted Chapin to debate his celebrated guide Every little thing Was Potential: The Beginning of the Musical Follies and his lengthy profession within the trade. The daddy/daughter duo will discuss in regards to the guide, his expertise engaged on Follies and their reflections on Sondheim. The talkback might be adopted by a guide signing.

Merrily We Sing-Alongside: West Facet Story
Monday, January 9, 7:30PM at Ali’s Bar
Tickets: $15 per particular person

The primary Merrily We Sing-Alongside will spotlight Sondheim’s lyrical contributions to the rating of West Facet Story. Whether or not you’re a Jet or a Shark, come be a part of us for “One thing’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “Maria” and, in fact, “I Really feel Fairly.”

Merrily We Sing-Alongside: Love, I Hear
Friday, February 10, 7:30PM at Ali’s Bar
Tickets: $15 per particular person

In February, be a part of us as we have a good time Valentine’s Day as solely Signature can with a dreamy and romantic night of Sondheim’s love songs, starting from “Happiness” to “Being Alive!”

Pacific Overtures
March 7 – April 9
Tickets: Beginning at $40

A surprising exploration of custom and transformation primarily based on historic occasions. In 1853, after 200 years of stability, Japan faces an American expedition decided to open the “floating kingdom” to commerce. The isolationist island’s reckoning with the unwelcome western affect is brilliantly illuminated via a kaleidoscope of tales about sailors, samurai, “somebody in a tree” and two mates who select radically completely different paths.

Merrily We Sing-Alongside: Every little thing’s Coming Up Sondheim
Friday, April 14, 7:30PM at Ali’s Bar
Tickets: $15 per particular person

The ultimate Merrily We Sing-Alongside contains a grab-bag assortment of songs you haven’t heard but! It is going to be a shock race towards the clock as we depend down and sing out (Louise!) to fill in these closing songs within the Sharing Sondheim mission.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Road
Might 16 – July 9
Tickets: Beginning at $40

Returned to London following a wrongful banishment, barber Sweeney Todd’s thirst for vengeance towards the corrupt decide who despatched him away leads him on a murderous spree. Aided by his downstairs neighbor, baker Mrs. Lovett, the 2 concoct an unappetizing scheme as they terrorize the town.

Along with the descriptions offered beneath, we might be including extra occasions all year long. For extra data on the season-long tribute to Stephen Sondheim go to https://www.sigtheatre.org/Sondheim.

ABOUT SIGNATURE
Signature Theatre is a Tony Award®-winning regional theater that broadens and brightens the area’s cultural panorama with its daring productions of difficult new and established works and fascinating schooling and outreach packages. Based in 1989 by Eric Schaeffer and Donna Migliaccio, and at the moment underneath the management of Managing Director Maggie Boland and Inventive Director Matthew Gardiner, musical theater is Signature’s “signature,” and the Theatre is famend for its definitive Sondheim productions, ingenious variations of neglected or forgotten works, and funding in contemporary new initiatives. Signature combines Broadway-caliber productions with intimate taking part in areas and goals to be a number one power in U.S. musical theater.

Since its inception, the Theatre has produced 60 world premiere works—together with 19 new musical commissions. Signature opens its doorways to greater than 100,000 folks yearly from the Washington, DC area and past and reaches greater than 10,000 college students yearly via its revolutionary teaching programs, together with the award-winning initiative Signature within the Colleges. Signature has received 134 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence within the Washington, DC area’s skilled theater and has been honored with 452 nominations.

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