Rick Pender

Sondheim News for May 2024

Thomas Floyd assembled an excellent feature for the April 6 edition of The Washington Post: “An Oral History of Mrs. Lovett, one of theater’s greatest, bloodiest roles.” He interviewed English actor Julia McKenzie, Broadway stars Patti LuPone, Sutton Foster, Lea Salonga, Bryonha Marie, Annaleigh Ashford, movie actor Helena Bonham Carter, and TV’s Christine Baranski, and […]

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Theater, dance and classical music in Cincinnati for 2024-2025

My most recent feature for CityBeat details the 2024-2025 seasons for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Ballet and the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops. Read all about all the exciting productions, concerts and performances: https://www.citybeat.com/arts/tis-the-next-season-four-cincinnati-performing-arts-organizations-announce-2024-2025-seasons-17018220

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My theater writing can now be found via a Facebook group

Fellow Theatergoers, If you’ve enjoyed my longtime coverage of theater in Greater Cincinnati (and occasionally beyond), I invite you to join my Facebook group Rick Pender’s Theater Stages & Scenes, where I post notices about shows and links to my reviews and features published in CityBeat. I’m now also writing occasional reviews of local play

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Paperback Sondheim Encyclopedia Now Available!

As previously announced, the paperback edition of The Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia can now be ordered from Rowman and Littlefield. I’ve received emails from several Sondheim aficionados, pleased by the more affordable price — $55! (Even better: Use this discount code, RLFANDF30, you’ll get a 30% discount off that). Also, if you’re in or near New

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An Affordable Paperback Sondheim Encyclopedia … and a signing at the Drama Book Shop

A couple of news items about The Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia. A paperback edition, priced at $55, is now available from my publisher Rowman and Littlefield. That’s a significant reduction from the hardback edition published in 2021 for $135. You can order either edition (as well as the eBook) at Rowman.com. Here’s an insider tip: I

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