The Best "Sondheim" in Boston

The Best "Sondheim" in Boston

I am a huge Sondheim fan; I love him for his “crazy” characters, his smart dissection of life, his clever lyrics and turns-of-phrases, and his eclectic musical styles. The Lyric Stage Company of Boston’s Sondheim on Sondheim is a dream come true. Running two hours and forty-five minutes, few aspects of Sondheim’s life are left unheard or untouched by this gorgeous musical revue conceived by his long-time collaborator James Lapine. And the Lyric Stage is one of the only theatre companies in Boston who can find the hummable tunes and the complex characters within Sondheim’s expansive scores and stories. Lead by genius Sondheim-interpreter Director Spiro Veloudos (whose Sondheim credits are too numerous to list) and supported by Music Director Jonathan Goldberg (another Sondheim professional) and Choreographer Ilyse Robbins (whose work excels expectations, especially for a Sondheim revue), this rarely-done production offers acute insights into an artists’ motivation, but, moreover, it grants a deep understanding of Sondheim’s characters and how some Boston legends and rising stars interpret and apply themselves to Sondheim’s work. This inside-look is voyeuristic and beautiful, celebrating not only Sondheim but also the Lyric and the performers that we love to see there. 

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Don't You Wait to See Ellis' Fair and Loverly Eliza Doolittle

There are few things as enchanting as rediscovering a once familiar musical through a new perspective.  Jennifer Ellis’ strong-willed Eliza Doolittle is not only a delight to watch, but a masterpiece of style and grace.  The Lyric Stage Company of Boston freshens the story of My Fair Lady into a modern take of capitalism, ambition, and human connection.  Director Scott Edmiston reimagines the world in the 1930s London, complete with top hats and empire waists, breadlines and soulful melodies.  This My Fair Lady feels even more accessible because of the nuanced acting by Ellis and the charming ignorance of Christopher Chew as Henry Higgins.  The sixteen cast members provide gusto and life to the challenging and lengthy musical making this fit perfectly as an intimate chamber musical with all of the excitement and expertise that the Lyric Stage Company of Boston is known throughout the region.  With an emphasis on storytelling this season, The Lyric brings a new story of rags-to-riches and poppy-cock-to-caviar dreams to its stage, but its heightened emphasis on treating people with dignity and finding the human connection that transcends class and economic status are themes worth dancing all night with this talented cast.

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