amBroadway: Eleri Ward Returns With Sondheim’s Folk Album, PBS To Screen “Intimate Apparel” & More


Musician Eleri Ward went from recording folk-guitar arrangements of Sondheim ballads from inside her closet to going viral on social media, scoring an album (“A Perfect Little Death”) and opening for Josh Groban on tour.

On Friday, his follow-up album of Sondheim covers, “Keep A Tender Distance”, was released by Ghostlight Records, which includes new arrangements of 14 songs from musicals such as “Into the Woods”, “Merrily We Roll Along” and “Company.” Beginning in October, Ward will appear in the new Off-Broadway musical “Only Gold,” directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler (“Hamilton”).

Sweeney Todd’s Revival With Groban And Ashford Looks On Broadway

A Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 masterpiece “Sweeney Tod” starring Josh Groban as Sweeney and Annaleigh Ashford as Mrs. Lovett is in the works, as reported by The Broadway Journal.

Unlike the minimalist covers of “Sweeney Todd” to play in New York from 2005 and 2017, this would be a big-budget production, conducted by Thomas Kail (“Hamilton”) with a full orchestra.

In the same article, the Broadway Journal noted that the upcoming Off-Broadway revival of “Merrily We Roll Along” (starring Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez) is already considering moving to Broadway after its New York Theater debut. Workshop.

Met Opera removes vax requirement

The Metropolitan Opera will no longer require spectators to present proof of their vaccination status during its new season. However, members of the public will still be required to wear face masks.

By comparison, Broadway dropped the vaccination requirement in May and the face mask requirement in July. Last season, unlike Broadway, the Metropolitan Opera did not allow young children (who were not eligible for vaccinations at the time) to attend performances.

The Met’s new season begins Sept. 27 with Cherubini’s “Medea” featuring Sondra Radvanovsky.

PBS will screen the opera “Intimate Apparel”

The Lincoln Center Theater’s operatic adaptation of Lynn Nottage’s 2004 drama “Intimate Apparel,” which has music by Ricky Ian Gordon and a book by Nottage, will air on PBS September 2.

Off-Broadway production was in preview when the shutdown took place in March 2020 and finally opened two years later. “Intimate Apparel” follows a black seamstress in turn-of-the-century New York City who is deceived as she searches for love.

Miranda lends a hand in the musical “New York, New York”

Lin-Manuel Miranda is working with composer John Kander and director Susan Stroman” (“The Producers”) on a stage adaptation of Martin Scorsese’s 1977 film “New York, New York,” which could hit Broadway as early as this spring.

The film had a score by Kander and the late lyricist Fred Ebb (who wrote “Chicago” and “Cabaret” together). On Twitter, Miranda pointed out that “New York, New York” will be “a new Kander & Ebb musical” and that her involvement is limited to writing a few new lyrics.


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