Mr. Stephen Sondheim recently came backstage after the final performance at the 92 Street Y Lyrics & Lyricists production of Wordplay, written and hosted by Ted Chapin, gracing us all with warmth and positivity. With due reverence and never taking his presence for granted, I greeted him with (and this is something of a running joke between us), “You were wonderful, most of the time.” To which he darted back, “I’ll give you notes later.”
I expect, hope for, and welcome those notes via email. I sang many songs in the concert—including the deceptively simple “Send in the Clowns” and the profoundly brief “Loving You”—that probably have a fine navigational instrument attached within his observing brain that sways left and right in infinitesimal reaction to a performer’s inflections and vocal tone. As God is in the details, imagine performing for God.
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