Rick Pender

Sondheim, Company and performers were featured at the 2022 Tony Awards

I suspect you watched the 75th Tony Awards on June 12. Stephen Sondheim was reflected in so many ways, especially in a loving tribute anchored by Bernadette Peters. Here’s a link to video snippets from that evening (scroll down for specifics of the segment about Sondheim) and here’s a link to a nice summary of …

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Thank you, Steve

Stephen Sondheim’s unexpected passing on Nov. 26 has unleashed a tremendous outpouring of sadness, love and gracious recollection. I’ve been tracking and absorbing more than 50 obituaries, reminiscences, and tributes — from major media, theaters, performers, my many colleagues in the American Theatre Critics Association and more. I resonated with something that composer Jason Robert …

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Sondheim News for November: Discounts, Books, Shows

It’s the beginning of the holiday season, and Thanksgiving always reminds us of things we’re grateful for. I’m especially thankful for the hundreds of people who have already purchased The Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia — and hopeful that more of you might consider it as a gift for a friend who loves musical theater. Here’s an …

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“The Complete Stephen Sondheim” podcast is now under way

I’m drawing extensively on my own resource, The Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia, as I embark on a related project with Stuart Brown, the hardworking guy who founded and maintains Sounds of Broadway, a 24/7 online radio station playing the music of Broadway, Off-Broadway, the London stage and much more. We’re sitting down together (virtually, of course) …

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A radio conversation about the Encyclopedia – with Pamela Myers, Company’s original Marta

I live in Cincinnati and have a long history with this city’s local public radio stations. (I worked for WGUC, a classical music station once licensed to the University of Cincinnati, and managed WNKU, an eclectic NPR affiliate licensed to Northern Kentucky University.) In recent years I have conducted theater interviews — including several with …

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