NEW YORK (AP) — The late Stephen Sondheim’s final stage musical — an adaptation of two films by Spanish Surrealist director Luis Buñuel — will be given an Off-Broadway stage this year, giving theatergoers a chance to see musical theater’s newest work. Will give Honored Musician.
“Here We Are” — once known as “Square One” — will begin performances at The Shed’s Griffin Theater this September with a book by David Ives, best known for the play “Venus in Fur” . Joe Mantello will direct.
The show – based on the films “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” and “The Exterminating Angel” – was initially workshopped in 2016 with plans for a production at The Public Theatre, which did not happen.
The two source films have a connective tissue: in “The Exterminating Angel”, a group of guests arrive for a dinner party and cannot leave, while “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” is about guests who stay for consecutive nights. Let’s come to eat but are never able to. To eat.
Ticket information and casting will be announced soon.
Sondheim, who will die in 2021, influenced several generations of songwriters, especially with such landmark musicals as “Company,” “Follies” and “Sweeney Todd.”
Six of Sondheim’s composers won Tony Awards for best scores, and he also received a Pulitzer Prize (for “Sunday in the Park”), an Academy Award (for the song “Sooner or Later” from the film “Dick Tracy”), five Oliviers found. Awards and Presidential Medal of Honor. In 2008, he received the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.
His last new musical to be produced was “Roadshow”, which reunited Sondheim and writer John Weidman and worked on for years. This tale of the Mizner brothers who embark on a get-riches scheme in the early 20th century came to public theaters in 2008 to poor reviews through several different titles, directors, and casts.
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