Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim’s last musical “Here We Are” to get world premiere off-Broadway

The world premiere of the final musical by legendary musicals composer Stephen Sondheim will premiere off-Broadway in New York in September 2023.

Here We Are will have its world premiere at The Shed’s Griffin Theater in New York, with exact dates to be announced.

The show was previously called Square One, and has a book by Tony Award nominee David Ives, and is inspired by two films – The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and The Exterminating Angel by Luis Buñuel.

Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Wicked) will direct, produced by Tom Kirdahy, and executive produced by Sue WagnerJohn Johnson and Jillian Robbins.

The show is co-presented by The Shed – Artistic Director Alex Poots, President and COO Maryann Jordan, and Chief Executive Producer Madani Younis.

Stephen Sondheim died in November 2021 aged 91 and his legacy continues to grow stronger than ever.

His musical Merrily We Roll Along was recently a smash-hit at the New York Theatre Workshop directed by Maria Friedman and produced by her sister Sonia Friedman, and is transferring to Broadway’s Hudson Theatre in September 2023 starring the original cast of Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez.

Also, Into The Woods has recently played a successful run on Broadway, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street has started its run at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre starring Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford, with an official opening on 26 March 2023.

In London, Cameron Mackintosh is producing tribute musical Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends at the Sondheim Theatre in September 2023, starring Bernadette Peters.

The Bios

STEPHEN SONDHEIM (Composer & Lyricist) wrote music and lyrics for Saturday Night, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, The Frogs, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Assassins, Passion and Road Show and lyrics for West Side Story, Gypsy and Do I Hear a Waltz? His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes:Finishing the Hat and Look, I Made a Hat. A Broadway and a West End theater are named in his honor as a result of a career that garnered eight Tony Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award, an Academy Award, eight Grammy Awards, an Olivier Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

DAVID IVES (Book)Broadway: Venus In Fur (also the film by Roman Polanski), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Is He Dead?, Wonderful Town (adapt., via Encores), The Apple Tree (adapt., via Encores), Dance Of The VampiresDavid Copperfield’s Dreams and Nightmares. Off-Broadway: All In The Timing, Mere Mortals, Lives Of The Saints, New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de SpinozaAncient History, Polish Joke, Yasmina Reza’s A Spanish Play (translator), The School for Lies (adapted from Molière), The Liar (after Corneille), The Metromaniacs (after Piron), The Heir Apparent (after Regnard), The Panties, The Partner and The Profit: Scenes From the Heroic Lives of the Middle Class (adapt. from Sternheim), A Flea In Her Ear (translator), Don Juan In Chicago, The Red Address. Radio plays (for Playing On Air): Second Sight, Dummy Dialogue, Locked and Loaded Can I Help you? YA Novels: Scrib, Voss, Monsieur Eek. Thirty-three adaptations for Encores. BA from Northwestern, MFA from Yale School of Drama. Helen Hayes Awards, Jeff Award, Guggenheim Fellow.

JOE MANTELLO (Director). Broadway directing credits include Grey House (Spring 2023), Who’s Afraid of Virginia WoolfHillary and ClintonThree Tall WomenThe Boys in the Band, Blackbird, The Humans, Airline Highway, The Last Ship, Casa Valentina, I’ll Eat You Last, The Other Place, Other Desert Cities, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, Laugh Whore, November, The Ritz, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross, Wicked, Assassins (Tony Award), Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Love! Valour! Compassion! Off-Broadway he has directed Dogfight, The Pride, A Man of No Importance, The Vagina Monologues, bash, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi. As an actor he has appeared in “Hollywood” (Netflix), “The Watcher” (Netflix), “American Horror Story: NYC” (FX), and upcoming “FEUD Season 2: Capote and The Women” (FX). Broadway: The Glass Menagerie, The Normal Heart (Tony nom. and on HBO), Angels in America (Tony nom.) and The Baltimore Waltz. Recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway awards.

👤 📅17 March 2023
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📷 Main photo: Stephen Sondheim. Photo provided by Saint Louis University

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