The music of multi-award winning composer Stephen Sondheim arrives at Chapel Off Chapel in this sensational concert selection of his Broadway hits! Watch eight incredible singers and a live band perform tracks from Sondheim’s classic productions of Into the Woods, The Frogs, Company and more!
Director Tyran Parke (Barnum) and musical director Stephen Gray (Priscilla – Queen of the Desert) lead an extraordinary cast starring Embla Bishop, Sally Bourne, Alex Gibson-Giorgio, Kerrie Anne Greenland, Genevieve Kingsford, Phillip Lowe, Caitlin Spears and Cameron Taylor. Join this stellar cast for an unforgettable celebration of this beloved musical icon!
Heather Bloom had a chat with one of the show’s stars, Genevieve Kingsford about all things Sondheim!
Can you tell me a bit about the production?
This show has a selection of the greatest Sondheim compositions, put together in a new and meaningful way. Exploring the themes across the whole catalogue of his work, in that way, it's interesting for Sondheim fanatics to make new connections. But also, it's great for musical theatre newcomers who are looking to understand what this "Sondheim guy" is all about, and to see why people LOVE his work!
What drew you to this production?
I love the music, I love the venue and after the casting process, I couldn't be happier because I love the people. On top of that I've wanted to work with award-winning director Tyran Parke for a long time. His fascination with the works of Sondheim is nothing short of obsessive and I feel like I've learned so much working with him.
What’s your favourite Sondheim musical?
I love Into The Woods. It was the first of his works I fell in love with. The score is so clever, I still hear something new every time I listen to it.
You’ve returned to Melbourne a few years ago from a lengthy stay in London, how does Melbourne’s theatre scene compare to the bustling West End?
Bustling is the right word to describe it. There's a theatre on every block in London. It might be smaller scale but Melbourne is a brilliant city to come back to. It's the cultural hub of Australia, with a thriving and ambitious theatre industry. Watching the industry go from strength to strength is so exciting and it's wonderful to be a part of.
Do you have a favourite song in Everything’s coming up Sondheim?
My favourite song in the show is Not A Day Goes By. The complexities are subtle and it punches you in the gut emotionally. Embla Bishop, who's singing it in the show, absolutely knocks it out of the park!
Spears Entertainment presents
Everything's Coming Up Sondheim
Director Stephen Gray
Venue: Chapel Off Chapel | 12 Little Chapel St Prahran, Melbourne VIC
Dates: 2 – 4 August 2019
Tickets: $45 – $49
Top right – Genevieve Kingsford. Photo – Jennie Scott