Side By Side By Sondheim

“The obvious one would be A Little Night Music.  I know I could do that
role very well now that I’ve gotten to this stage in my life,
and you know it’s a beautiful song in there.  It’s perfection.
Sarah Brightman reveals what might tempt her to return to the musical stage. 
Yes, the former Mrs. Andrew Lloyd Webber longs to do a show by Stephen Sondheim.

I first met Stephen Sondheim at a crowded event in NYC.  I knew it was going to be one of those brief encounters – we’d be introduced, he’d say hi and keep walking.  But that also meant I’d have 10 seconds to make an impression.  He said it was nice to meet me.  I said, “I just saw Dorothy Lamour in Side by Side by Sondheim.”  That stopped him dead in his tracks.  He looked intrigued.  “Really?  Where?”  “A dinner theatre in Anaheim.”  He smiled.  “How was it?”  I had the perfect retort: “How do you think?”  Sondheim let out a guffaw.  He still walked away, but I got a laugh – and getting a laugh out of Stephen Sondheim was good enough for me.  Rest in peace.

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