Mr Sondheim Regrets

There’s nothing like a spirited takedown from an articulate, angry artiste, and this one from Stephen Sondheim focuses on a reworked version of Porgy and Bess.

“It makes you speculate about what would happen if she ever got her hands on “Tosca” and ‘Don Giovanni.” How would we get to know them? Ms. Paulus  [the director] would probably want to add an aria or two to explain how Tosca got to be a star, and she would certainly want some additional material about Don Giovanni’s unhappy childhood to explain what made him such an unconscionable lecher.Ouch.

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