Here in Philadelphia, the Arden Theater Company is presenting Stephen Sondheim with a “Master Storyteller Award,” and as part of the festivities connected with this fete, they’ve arranged for today to be designated “Stephen Sondheim Day” here in Philadelphia.
In honor of the occasion, I thought I’d share a few bits of Assassins memorabilia. A number of the songs from my 1979 musical Assassins, the source of the idea for Sondheim’s musical of the same name, have been posted on Project 194 and you can find them here. On the Assassins page of this site, you’ll find more background information and links.
Stephen Sondheim has been so much a part of the story of my artistic life that it’s hard to know which events to single out! He’s written that “Everybody’s got the right to their dreams,” and my dream has been to make provocative music theater. Steve’s work has been a constant inspiration, a beacon of possibility for over 40 years. I can’t think of another artist whose work has been so important to me – every day is Stephen Sondheim day at my house, and I add my cheers to those being raised at the Arden Theater Company tonight!
The fateful letter that started it all, 27 years ago.
Steve and I at his home in 1991, on the opening night of the premiere of Assassins at Playwrights Horizons.