Symphony Space will bring back its all-day marathon concert Wall to Wall Stephen Sondheim, with the new entry set to play the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre October 15 at 3 PM and continuing through 11 PM. The event will feature music, dances, and conversations about the late Broadway composer-lyricist featuring performers to be announced.
The Manhattan venue hosted a 12-hour edition of Wall to Wall Stephen Sondheim in 2005, which was broadcast live on SiriusXM in full and received a highlights CD release as well.
Mr. Sondheim passed away in November of last year at the age of 91, leaving behind a body of work that transformed the face of musical theatre on Broadway and beyond. A revival of his Company, considered to be the first successful "concept" musical, was the most Tony-winning production of the 2021-22 Broadway season in a production directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott that newly reimagined its main character as a perpetually single woman—Bobbie instead of Bobby.
He made his Broadway debut contributing lyrics to Leonard Bernstein's music in 1957's West Side Story, and would go on to pen lyrics to 1959's Gypsy before making his debut as a composer-lyricist on the Main Stem with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in 1962. Working with director and producer Harold Prince, Sondheim made his largest mark on the art form with a string of groundbreaking musicals that challenged what the genre could talk about and how, including Company in 1970, Follies in 1971, A Little Night Music in 1973, Pacific Overtures in 1976, Sweeney Todd in 1979, and Merrily We Roll Along in 1981. Working with playwright and director James Lapine, Sondheim wrote the Pulitzer-winning Sunday in the Park with George in 1984, Into the Woods in 1987, and Passion in 1991.
His Assassins, which played an Off-Broadway premiere at Playwrights Horizons in 1990, made it to the Main Stem via Roundabout Theatre Company in 2004, and was recently revived Off-Broadway by Classic Stage Company.
Additional works include Saturday Night, Anyone Can Whistle, The Frogs, Do I Hear a Waltz?, and Road Show.
Also planned for Symphony Space's upcoming season is a September 18 talk with New York Times theatre critic Jesse Green on his upcoming book Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers, centered on the Once Upon a Mattress composer who was daughter to Richard Rodgers, mother to Adam Guettel, and close friend of Sondheim.
For more details about Symphony Space's upcoming programming, visit SymphonySpace.org.