The Stephen Sondheim Theatre

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim celebrated his 80th birthday this week and got a pretty unique gift. The name of Henry Miller's Theatre on West 43rd street was changed to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

Sondheim's work is on brilliant display in a new revue at the Roundabout Theatre Company called Sondheim on Sondheim. Sondheim's A Little Night Music is in revival on Broadway. He wrote the lyrics to the music to West Side Story, and wrote A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, Sunday in the Park With George and Sweeney Todd.

In this week's Arts File on WQXR, Kerry Nolan from the WNYC newsroom talks to David Cote, Theatre Editor of Time Out New York, about Sondheim and other theatres on Broadway that have changed their names. Click here to see Catherine Zeta Jones singing "Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music, or below to see a slideshow about Sondheim and Broadway theatres.

Marquee from the 2008 Broadway revival of <em>Sunday in the Park with George</em>, music and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim. The show premiered in 1984.
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Marquee from the 2008 Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George, music and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim. The show premiered in 1984.
Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics for <em>West Side Story</em> early in his career. It premiered on Broadway in 1957 and is currently in a revival.
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Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics for West Side Story early in his career. It premiered on Broadway in 1957 and is currently in a revival.
Album cover of 1996 revival of <em>A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum</em>, starring Nathan Lane. Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics. Zero Mostel starred in the premiere in 1962.
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Album cover of 1996 revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, starring Nathan Lane. Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics. Zero Mostel starred in the premiere in 1962.
The facade of Henry Miller's Theatre, soon to be renamed Stephen Sondheim Theatre, on 43rd Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue
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The facade of Henry Miller's Theatre, soon to be renamed Stephen Sondheim Theatre, on 43rd Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue
The Richard Rodgers Theatre on 46th Street. Rodgers worked with Oscar Hammerstein to write <em>The Sound of Music</em> and <em>South Pacific</em>.
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The Richard Rodgers Theatre on 46th Street. Rodgers worked with Oscar Hammerstein to write The Sound of Music and South Pacific.
The George Gershwin Theatre is on 51st Street. Gershwin wrote the music for <em>Crazy For You</em>, <em>Shall We Dance</em>, and <em>Funny Face</em>; his brother Ira wrote the lyrics.
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The George Gershwin Theatre is on 51st Street. Gershwin wrote the music for Crazy For You, Shall We Dance, and Funny Face; his brother Ira wrote the lyrics.
The Neil Simon Theatre is on 52nd Street. Simon wrote the plays <em>Brighton Beach Memoirs</em>, <em>The Odd Couple</em>, and the book for the musical <em>Sweet Charity</em>.
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The Neil Simon Theatre is on 52nd Street. Simon wrote the plays Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Odd Couple, and the book for the musical Sweet Charity.
Marquee for the August Wilson Theatre on 49th Street.
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Marquee for the August Wilson Theatre on 49th Street.

Guests:

David Cote

Produced by:

Abbie Fentress Swanson
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