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Monday, January 31, 2011

Stephen Sondheim Visits with Utah Shakespeare Festival Seminar Director @ Kingsbury Hall (SLC: Feb 1)

Stephen Sondheim Visits with Utah Shakespeare Festival Seminar Director

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—Stephen Sondheim will have an onstage conversation with Utah Shakespeare Festival Literary Seminar Director Nancy Melich on Tuesday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah Campus (1395 East President's Circle, Salt Lake City, UT 84112). Tickets range from $75 to $20.50, and they are on sale now at 1-801-581-7100.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for Utah residents, and especially students, to come see a man who changed how we look at musical theatre,” said Melich. “Sondheim has been writing music for over 50 years. The fact that he is here and willing to share his insights with us is very exciting.”

Sondheim is one of the most influential composers and lyricists to work in the American musical theatre scene during the past half-century. During the interview Sondheim will offer a personal and engaging view of his career, the state of American musical theatre and his own creative process, from early collaborations to masterworks such as “Sweeny Todd” and “A Little Night Music.”

“In preparing for this conversation I have been researching the history of Sondheim's music, which has been an eye-opening experience,” said Melich. “This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy inauguration, and on the night of his inaugural ball Ethel Merman sang Sondheim’s ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses.’ The reach of his music is astounding.”

The $75 VIP tickets include admittance to an exclusive reception with Sondheim. Tickets are also available for $39.50, $27.50, and $20.50. U of U student discounts are available for $20.50, $9.50 and $3.50 with student I.D. $15 tickets are available for all other students with I.D. Children under six are not admitted. No babes in arms or lap sitting. All patrons must have a ticket regardless of age. For more information call (801) 585-1556.

Tickets are on sale now for the 50th anniversary season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, which will run from June 23 to Oct. 29, 2011. The eight-play season includes Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Richard III,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “The Winter’s Tale.” The season will also include Meredith Willson’s great American musical “The Music Man,” Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off!” and the mystery thriller “Dial M for Murder” by Frederick Knott. For more information and tickets visit www.bard.org or call 1-800-PLAYTIX.

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Nancy Melich conducts a Literary Seminar at the Utah Shakespeare Festival with director Kathleen Conlin.

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