The Division of Performing Arts continues its annual Theatre Tea Talk, this year in conjunction with its April production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s fairy-tale musical “Into the Woods.” The tea talk, scheduled for Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Commonwealth Room of the University Center is offered as an enrichment event prior to the opening of the production on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
Head of the Division of Performing Arts and noted Sondheim scholar, John Bell, will take you on a deeper journey into Sondheim’s masterpiece. Joining Bell will be special guests Megan Duran (mezzo soprano) and Justen Blackstone (baritone) who will sing excerpts from the musical which illuminate key points addressed in the talk.
John Bell is a noted Sondheim scholar having performed a professional internship at the Old Globe Theatre on the world premiere of Into the Woods and having been widely published and served as a guest editor of The Sondheim Review and Everything Sondheim.
Considered alongside Richard Rodgers and Leonard Bernstein as one of the few truly dramatic musical storytellers in the American theatre, Stephen Sondheim has been lauded for his sixty-year career writing some of the most seminal works in the American musical theatre including the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy, and the music and lyrics for Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, and Sunday in the Park with George among others. His score for Into the Woods is considered a masterpiece for his use of leitmotif and theme and variation.
The cost of the Theatre Tea Talk is $10 per person which includes an array of desserts, coffee and tea, as well as the presentation. Refreshments are available beginning at 1:30. The tea talk begins at 2:00 p.m. To reserve tickets, stop by the Labuda box office, call the box office at Ext. 1276, or reserve online at desales.edu/act1.