Moss Island Productions and the Earlville Opera House are presenting Stephen Sondheim’s PUTTING IT TOGETHER at the Earlville Opera House 18 East Main St, Earlville, NY. Putting it Together celebrates Sondheim’s music and lyrics with songs from many of his greatest hits.
“Every Sondheim song is a three-act play set to beautiful music. They’re not easy to learn, but once you have, you never forget them, because he writes magnificent poetry. If I have to choose a favorite number, it would be ‘Anyone Can Whistle,’ although I love all of them.” —Carol Burnett, performer (The Wife in Putting It Together)
The action in PUTTING IT TOGETHER takes place at an all-night, black-tie party in a penthouse. The hosts, a middle-aged couple, face their disillusions and marital troubles. A younger, less jaundiced couple struggles with their own ambitions and desires, while a commentator oversees and influences the action.
The revue celebrates the music of Stephen Sondheim, who is the winner of an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer) including the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and the Laurence Olivier Award. (wiki)
“I’ve often referred to Stephen Sondheim as today’s Shakespeare. Like Shakespeare, there are so many layers to his words and imagery. You can revisit their works time and time again, and there is always something new to discover.” —Barbara Cook, performer (Star of Mostly Sondheim, Performer in Sondheim on Sondheim)
Janet Engle – Woman 1
Janet Engle is enjoying her 2nd production at the Earville Opera House after playing Yum-Yum in last summer’s production of The Mikado. Before settling in Clinton, NY, Janet started her theater career as Peter Pan in sixth grade, followed by various theater productions and musical venues around the country. She most recently appeared as Mrs. Patrick in A Man of No Importance at the Redhouse Theater in Syracuse, Diana Bingley in I Love You Because with Moss Island Productions, and Mrs. Walker in Tommy with Outcast International. A huge fan of his brilliant work, this is Janet’s 4th and most challenging Sondheim show. She adores Julie Andrews, and is so pleased to even attempt performing the daunting role that she triumphed in on Broadway.
Kathleen Krumbach – Woman 2
Kat is thrilled to be a part of this cast. She has also performed with HPYT, Players of Utica, Outcast, and Rome Summerstage. Her last onstage performance was in I Love You Because, directed by Chris Bord. Kat is attending Syracuse University in the fall to study music education.
Nicholas Williams – Man 1
Nicholas is a sophomore at SUNY Fredonia studying Music Education and Theater. He performed in his first Gilbert and Sullivan show The Mikado last year at the Earlville Opera House and is excited to return to perform in his first Sondheim production. He has also performed in other productions of Annie, Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, and 9 to 5.
Chris Bord – Man 2
Chris’s recent stage appearances include God of Carnage (Players of Utica), The Who’s Tommy (Outcast), Death of a Salesman (Palace Players), and Avenue Q (Players of Utica). In 2014 Chris directed and appeared in the musical I Love You Because, as well as the political drama The God Game. He also directed Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado at The Earlville Opera House. Chris thanks everyone who made this production happen – Patti and the team at EOH, all of the actors and tech crew, Pat and Christine and Mary, Pea Rob, and especially his very patient family.
John Murphy – Man 3
John is happy to play the mischievous Man 3. He has performed in several Sondheim productions at Players of Utica – Sweeney Todd, Side by Side by Sondheim and last fall’s production of Company. Other local credits include Godspell, The Full Monty, and three premiere productions: an opera, Molly of the Mohawks, and two musicals, In Person and Bawdy Town. John lives in Clinton with three fellow thespians, his wife Marilee and sons Nick and Jack. He’d like to dedicate each performance of “Merrily We Roll Along” to his wonderful wife, because that never gets old, and neither does she.
Putting It Together: Draws its title from a song in Sunday in the Park with George, it was devised by Sondheim and Julia McKenzie. The revue has received several productions, beginning with its premiere in England in 1992, Broadway in 1999 and the West End in 2014. The revue came about due to many requests for a new version of Sondheim’s 1976 revue, Side by Side by Sondheim. Having resisted a new show, he was finally convinced by producer Cameron Mackintosh, and Julia McKenzie was brought in to assist.
Described by Frank Rich of The New York Times as “now the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theater,” Stephen Sondheim‘s most famous works include (as composer and lyricist) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods. He also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy. (wiki)
Show times are: Friday, July 24 8:00pm, Saturday, July 25 8:00 pm, and Sunday, July 26 3:00 pm.
Admission is $17, $15 for EOH members, and $12 for students.
Sample of the title song…Putting it Together