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March 14, 2012

Midweek Madness: A dissenting voice about Sondheim

There's nothing like a production of a Stephen Sondheim musical to get the adrenaline flowing, which means I am really looking forward to tonight's official opening of "Into the Woods" at Center Stage.

I have heard that some folks do not fall into the Sondheim-is-God camp. Hard to believe, I know. And I suppose it is even possible to empathize with the sentiments in this song by ...

the late and very clever Fred Silver, sung here by Michael McAssey: "I'm Getting Sick of Sondheim."

Posted by Tim Smith at 5:39 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Clef Notes, Drama Queens


This is completely brilliant! And I am a huge Sondheim fan. Thanks for sharing!

So glad you liked it. I first heard it years ago at a cabaret in Florida and thought it was, just as you say, completely brilliant. I love that a performance turned up on YouTube, which, apparently, has video of every event in human history. TIM

Who are these people who don't believe Sondheim is God? WHERE ARE THESE CLOWNS? SEND IN THESE CLOWNS!

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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