Musical Theater / New York Arts

Happy Birthday, Stephen Sondheim! …from his alma mater, Williams College

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Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim turns 90 today. His alma mater, Williams College, chose to honor her renowned alumnus with a musical production entitled Our Time, a Collage of Records from Williams, which brings life at the college between 1946-1950 (when Sondheim was a student there) back to life. This compilation of stories, devised Ilya Khodosh, ’08, and Omar Sangare, has been chosen by current students; who, by research, selected stories to share from the stage. At the end of the show, there is also a story delivered by a video message by Stephen Sondheim, himself.

Only two of the five scheduled performances took place before the spread of the Corona virus necessitated the cancellation of further performances. Happily, they were recorded on video, and Williams can now honor its son and audiences can enjoy this musical reminiscence.

Stay tuned for further commentary on this memorable commemoration!

Williams Theatre Department & Sondheim@90@Williams present:

Our Time, a Collage of Records from Williams
documenting Williams College between 1946-1950
devised by Omar Sangare and Ilya Khodosh
records chosen, interpreted and developed by the cast
video appearance by Stephen Sondheim

Cast: Chinonso Anokwute, Stephen Kletscher, Justin Kugel, Michael Medvedev, Ivana Mensah-Agyekum, Jules Öberg, True Pham, Aagat Sapkota, Coleston Smith, Alexander Szrol, Peter Tamasi, William Titus, Andrea Treviño, Tristan Whalen

Scenic Designer: David Gürçay-Morris
Lighting Designer: Coby Chasman-Beck
Costume Designer: Barbara Bell
Sound Designer: Stephen Simalchik
Props Master: Katie Polebaum
Production Manager: Ann Marie Dorr
Production Stage Manager: Nicolle Mac Williams
Assistant Stage Manager: Tristan Whalen
Assistant Lighting Designer: Erin Meadors
Assistant Sound Designer: Brandon Hilfer
Assistant Costume Designer: Lucia Sher
Assistant Costume Shop Mgr: Samantha Patterson
Sound and Media Manager: James Abdou
Technical Director: Maia Robbins-Zust
Patron and Visiting Artist Services Mgr: Corissa Bryant
Producing Director at ‘62CTD: Randal Fippinger
Operations Manager: Nathaniel Wiessner

Special Thanks to Stephen Sondheim

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Michael Miller, Editor and Publisher of New York Arts and The Berkshire Review, an International Journal for the Arts, was trained as a classicist and art historian at Harvard and Oxford, worked in the art world for many years as a curator and dealer, and contributed reviews and articles to Bostonia, Master Drawings, Drawing, Threshold, and North American Opera Journal, as well as numerous articles for scholarly and popular periodicals. He has taught courses in classics, the English language, and art history at Oberlin, Rutgers, New York University, the New School, and Williams. Currently, when he is not at work on The Berkshire Review and New York Arts, he writes fiction, pursues photography, and publishes scholarly work. In 2011 he contributed an introductory essay to Leonard Freed: The Italians / exh. cat. Io Amo L'Italia, exhibition at Le Stelline, Milan, and wrote the revised the section on American opera houses in The Grove Dictionary of American Music. He is currently at work on a libretto for a new opera by Lewis Spratlan, Midi, an adaptation of Euripides' Medea set in the French West Indies, ca. 1930.

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