One of the pillars of my love for musical theater is Stephen Sondheim and his amazing body of work. His approach to composing music and writing lyrics for the stage is distinct and always leaves me remembering why stage plays give me so much joy. There's always something wonderfully distinct about his shows - you will always know it was one of his works because of its pulse and feel. He tells stories with passion and flair that leaves me humming the music and such.
It's some irony that I feel like I've only had the chance to see a few productions of his works in person. There are so many good shows out there and despite the many local theater companies out there, it's only so often that Sondheim shows get staged. So when I heard that Upstart was staging Company, it wasn't even a question whether or not we were going to see it. It was a fun show and one that left me feeling all sorts of different feelings and I'm all the better for it.
And then we also have Sweeney Todd to look forward to next month. It's a good theater year indeed.
Now all I need is a good local staging of Into the Woods to knock things out of the park.