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A Monday in the park. Our tribute to Sondheim and his songs

The Dramatists Guild Fund Hosts Their Annual Gala Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars
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Stephen Sondheim speaks at the Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars annual gala, October 21, 2013, in New York City.

Stephen Sondheim was, put simply, among the most important figures in the history of musical theater.

His major works include West Side Story, Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, and Into the Woods.

Sondheim won eight Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar, eight Grammy Awards, a Laurence Olivier Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Stephen Sondheim died November 26 in Roxbury, Connecticut. He was 91.

GUESTS:

  • Steve Metcalf - Director emeritus of the University of Hartford’s Presidents’ College
  • Alexandra Petri - Columnist for the Washington Post and the author of Nothing Is Wrong And Here Is Why
  • Gene Seymour - A “writer, professional spectator, pop-culture maven, and jazz geek”
  • Howard Sherman - Theater administrator, writer, and advocate; author of Another Day’s Begun: Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in the 21st Century

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Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

Colin McEnroe is a radio host, newspaper columnist, magazine writer, author, playwright, lecturer, moderator, college instructor and occasional singer.
Jonathan started at WNPR in 2010. He is as likely to produce a show on America’s jury system as he is a story on all the grossest parts of the human body. He's as likely to host a podcast on minor league baseball as he is to cover a presidential debate almost by accident. His work has been heard nationally on NPR and locally on WNPR’s talk shows and news magazines.
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