Morning Blend

Did some interviewing and Christmas-y singing in behalf of Arizona Opera last Friday on Tucson’s local morning show The Morning Blend. It’s with the Tucson Operatunity group with whom I’ve been singing for a few months.

You can see it here. Note: the video will only be up for a month.

Stephen Sondheim on Fresh Air

Wow, what an interview. Stephen Sondheim appeared on Fresh Air yesterday to talk about lyrics, songwriting and his new memoir Finishing the Hat. Along the way, there’s plenty of insight given into several of his most famous works.

It’s a real treat to listen to one of our time’s preeminent theater composers discussing his art so candidly. Some of what he reveals is not too surprising (wanting curse words for choice West Side Story lyrics) while some (like his opinions on deceased lyricists’ writing) is surprising and fascinating.

I’ll be buying the book, and I’ll let you know how it goes!

Links

Look, He Made A Hat: Sondheim Talks Sondheim on Fresh Air.

Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes