Side by Side by Sondheim

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The sophistication, wit, insight, heart and genius of Broadway's most innovative and influential artist is at the center of this tribute to composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. A musical treat, Side by Side features a dazzling array of songs from landmark shows that revolutionized the art of musical theater with their masterful craft and astounding creativity, including Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle and Pacific Overtures — as well as songs from the classics Sondheim wrote with musical theater giants Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne and Richard Rodgers, such as West Side Story, Gypsy and Do I Hear a Waltz? July 21 – Sept. 16: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. with 4 additional weeknight performances on Wed., Aug. 8; Thurs., Aug. 23; Thurs., Sept. 6; and Wed., Sept. 12, all at 8 p.m. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025; The third Friday of every month is wine night at the Odyssey: enjoy complimentary wine and snacks and mingle with the cast after the show. For reservations and information, call (310) 477-2055 or go to OdysseyTheatre.com.

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"Side offers a rapturous ride down a musical memory lane and is a must-see - and hear - for all lovers of Broadway show tunes and showstoppers, delivered with pizzazz by a quartet of talented performers. It would be sheer “folly” for fans of musicals to merely merrily roll past it."

sweet - Ed Rampell, Free Press - ...read full review


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"No rule requires the songs to be interpreted as they would be in the contexts of their respective musicals. But unless the new interpretations and subtexts are improvements on or at least emotionally equivalent to the originals, why wouldn't they be given their resonances from the source materials?"

sour - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


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"Side by Side not only brings together a wonderful body of work from some of Sondheim's most beloved shows, but there's also plenty of back story to him and his songs."

sweet - Mary Lansing-Farah - Along Comes Mary - ...read full review


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"In a pleasant if less than scintillating revival at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A., the show feels like a trip into the past... The singers have pleasant, artful voices. No one turns on the pipes in a way to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, but Fishbach and his performers are attuned to what's most essential in Sondheim's songs: emotion, intent and psychological landscape. These are moments of introspection on which we find ourselves eavesdropping."

sweet - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


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"The panoply of Sondheim favorites is artfully delivered by the talented cast of four (Sarah Busic, Rachel McLaughlan, Chris Kerrigan, and Mark D. Kaufmann) – a quartet of performers who bring the house down with their energy, booming voices, clever mugging, and excellent comic timing. Each tableau flows with ease in this tribute to Sondheim. Trivia Lovers Alert: The production even contains one song that was pared from the final production a few weeks after the show opened."

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


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"The four-person ensemble is certainly game, but director Dan Fishbach's direction so limits the choreography that the production comes across as a slightly animated concert performance. The best interpretations are those in which the performers add personality to the numbers. The less successful ones are competently sung, but forgettable the moment they're over —dismaying when you're talking about Sondheim's best."

sour - Paul Birchall - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Ron Irwin
"There are no flashing lights, no full orchestra, no abundance of back up dancers just good solid memorable music presented well in a modest setting by superb talent. From a guy who has watched literally thousands of shows on Broadway, in London's West End and locally in Los Angeles at the marvelous Pantages this is not one of those shows but it is very smooth, relaxing and enjoyable."

sweet - Ron Irwin, Huntington Beach News - ...read full review


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"I know, I promised that I was not going to compare. I'd just say, hey, these kids are “Broadway Babies,” even though they're performing today in LA, who ought to see their names “all over Times Square.” I'd go back to this musical revue any day, except I can't bear to think about hearing their wonderful singing all night long, as I did last night. I need my sleep. But you should go—and often. I will probably return as well, as soon as I can once again “lose my mind.”"

sweet - Douglas Messerli, U.S. Theater - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"These are especially talented performers, not only singers. They bring each Sondheim song to life....."

sweet - Carol Segal - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"The Odyssey production stars incredibly energetic entertainers Sarah Busic, Chris Kerrigan, Rachel McLaughlin, with Mark D. Kaufmann as the Narrator (understudy is Mark J. Freeman). The lively ensemble is a joy to watch during each and every number, their interaction and wondrous harmonies always shining brilliantly, especially when highlighting the humor or pathos in the melodies. These songs are not the easiest to sing, as any actor ever in a Sondheim musical can tell you, but you would never know it while watching this ensemble."

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Gil Kaan
"Director Dan Fishbach returns to the Odyssey Theatre, following up his smartly-directed Jacques Brel from last season, with his equally smartly-directed SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM. In the approximately two-hour piece, the talented cast of four perform almost thirty Sondheim classics. Strong vocals notwithstanding, Fishbach has managed to also feature the comedic underlyings of this Sondheim revue, resulting in laughs at the most delicious of moments."

sweet - Gil Kaan - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


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"It makes for a rich evening that flies by. Happily. For I confess, beforehand I was a tad apprehensive at the running time of two hours for a review with no plot and no characters, and only songs from Sondheim's pre-1976 catalogue. My trepidation proved ill-founded. Intermission came as a surprise, not as a relief, as, I am ashamed to admit, it sometimes does with longer shows; and I was impatient for the second act to begin."

sweet - Samuel Garza Bernstein, Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


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"Side offers a rapturous ride down a musical memory lane and is a must-see - and hear - for all lovers of Broadway show tunes and showstoppers, delivered with pizzazz by a quartet of talented performers. It would be sheer “folly” for fans of musicals to merely merrily roll past it."

sweet - Ed Rampell, Free Press - ...read full review


Avatar
"No rule requires the songs to be interpreted as they would be in the contexts of their respective musicals. But unless the new interpretations and subtexts are improvements on or at least emotionally equivalent to the originals, why wouldn't they be given their resonances from the source materials?"

sour - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


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"Side by Side not only brings together a wonderful body of work from some of Sondheim's most beloved shows, but there's also plenty of back story to him and his songs."

sweet - Mary Lansing-Farah - Along Comes Mary - ...read full review


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"In a pleasant if less than scintillating revival at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A., the show feels like a trip into the past... The singers have pleasant, artful voices. No one turns on the pipes in a way to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, but Fishbach and his performers are attuned to what's most essential in Sondheim's songs: emotion, intent and psychological landscape. These are moments of introspection on which we find ourselves eavesdropping."

sweet - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


Avatar
"The panoply of Sondheim favorites is artfully delivered by the talented cast of four (Sarah Busic, Rachel McLaughlan, Chris Kerrigan, and Mark D. Kaufmann) – a quartet of performers who bring the house down with their energy, booming voices, clever mugging, and excellent comic timing. Each tableau flows with ease in this tribute to Sondheim. Trivia Lovers Alert: The production even contains one song that was pared from the final production a few weeks after the show opened."

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


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"The four-person ensemble is certainly game, but director Dan Fishbach's direction so limits the choreography that the production comes across as a slightly animated concert performance. The best interpretations are those in which the performers add personality to the numbers. The less successful ones are competently sung, but forgettable the moment they're over —dismaying when you're talking about Sondheim's best."

sour - Paul Birchall - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Ron Irwin
"There are no flashing lights, no full orchestra, no abundance of back up dancers just good solid memorable music presented well in a modest setting by superb talent. From a guy who has watched literally thousands of shows on Broadway, in London's West End and locally in Los Angeles at the marvelous Pantages this is not one of those shows but it is very smooth, relaxing and enjoyable."

sweet - Ron Irwin, Huntington Beach News - ...read full review


Avatar
"I know, I promised that I was not going to compare. I'd just say, hey, these kids are “Broadway Babies,” even though they're performing today in LA, who ought to see their names “all over Times Square.” I'd go back to this musical revue any day, except I can't bear to think about hearing their wonderful singing all night long, as I did last night. I need my sleep. But you should go—and often. I will probably return as well, as soon as I can once again “lose my mind.”"

sweet - Douglas Messerli, U.S. Theater - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"These are especially talented performers, not only singers. They bring each Sondheim song to life....."

sweet - Carol Segal - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"The Odyssey production stars incredibly energetic entertainers Sarah Busic, Chris Kerrigan, Rachel McLaughlin, with Mark D. Kaufmann as the Narrator (understudy is Mark J. Freeman). The lively ensemble is a joy to watch during each and every number, their interaction and wondrous harmonies always shining brilliantly, especially when highlighting the humor or pathos in the melodies. These songs are not the easiest to sing, as any actor ever in a Sondheim musical can tell you, but you would never know it while watching this ensemble."

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Gil Kaan
"Director Dan Fishbach returns to the Odyssey Theatre, following up his smartly-directed Jacques Brel from last season, with his equally smartly-directed SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM. In the approximately two-hour piece, the talented cast of four perform almost thirty Sondheim classics. Strong vocals notwithstanding, Fishbach has managed to also feature the comedic underlyings of this Sondheim revue, resulting in laughs at the most delicious of moments."

sweet - Gil Kaan - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


Avatar
"It makes for a rich evening that flies by. Happily. For I confess, beforehand I was a tad apprehensive at the running time of two hours for a review with no plot and no characters, and only songs from Sondheim's pre-1976 catalogue. My trepidation proved ill-founded. Intermission came as a surprise, not as a relief, as, I am ashamed to admit, it sometimes does with longer shows; and I was impatient for the second act to begin."

sweet - Samuel Garza Bernstein, Stage and Cinema - ...read full review