The “Side by Side by Sondheim” musical revue celebrates the wit and genius of musical theatre’s most influential artist. Get ready to laugh, cry and fall in love with lyrics and music that captures the soaring emotions in this Tony Award-winning musical. The revue contains some of the most lush, unforgettable songs from this musical theatre master and presented in one magical evening.
This dazzling array of some of Sondheim’s best-known songs demonstrates his masterful craft and astounding creativity. Also included are classics written with musical theatre giants Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne and Richard Rodgers.
Fauquier Community Theatre’s production of Side by Side by Sondheim is directed by Steve McBride who says, “The genius of Sondheim is that of a timeless art; always relevant and ever telling a story. Working on this production is a great honor and pleasure. The talented cast of nine actors bring to life the lyrics, melodies, emotions, and stories so beautifully articulated by Sondheim. With every phrase, this show promises to bring a laugh, a tear, a memory, or a smile to each person in the theatre.”
What do you like doing best—conducting, working as a vocal coach or as a musical director?
My favorite work is conducting musicals and choirs. I am energized by working with groups of people and in particularly I love the process of rehearsing a show or concert.
Talk about some of your favorite productions/concerts.
“My Fair Lady” was the first show I music directed. It holds a very special place in my heart. Since then I have worked on over 35 shows, making it quite difficult to pick just one as a favorite. I like to think that the show I am working on currently is my favorite, mainly because I am totally invested in that project in the moment. Some other highlights would include productions of “Into the Woods” and “The Producers.”
What makes this particular show so special?
With the recent passing of Stephen Sondheim, this show is not just special, it is an honor to be presenting. I have felt particularly blessed to be working with nine talented actors who are all bringing their own personal passion to Sondheim’s music and lyrics. There is an unspoken camaraderie among this cast which speaks to the influence Sondheim has had in all of our lives.
What is it like working with Fauquier Community Theatre?
FCT is a wonderful community theatre with a passion for supporting its actors, production staff, and most importantly, the FCT community. Working here has been a positive experience filled with joy and love for one another as well as the work of the theatre.
FCT’s production of “Side by Side by Sondheim” is by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Performances will take place on Fridays and weekends through May 15, 2022 at the Vint Hill Theater on the Green, 4225 Aiken Drive, Warrenton, VA 20187. Friday and Saturday performances –7:30 pm and Sunday matinee performances – 2:00 pm. All tickets are for reserved seating. For tickets, click here.