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Episode 12: Sondheim Reinvention with Eamon Foley

For my twelfth episode of Theatre Book Club, we’ll be doing a deep-dive into the musicals of one of my favorite composer/lyricists of all time, Stephen Sondheim. Because of our guest, however, the incredible director, choreographer, and Broadway veteran Eamon Foley, we will be looking at these beloved pieces a little differently. Eamon has spent much of his professional career creating theatre using media like VR, projection work, site specificity, and dance to upend the boundaries of what a musical can and should be. Indeed, one of Eamon’s most recent endeavors reimagined the song “Color and Light” from Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George as a ballet piece, which he then recorded and filmed to much acclaim. This got Eamon interested in the ways that dance can open up, elevate, and enhance the Sondheim canon (in which dance often takes somewhat of a backseat). To that end, we will also be able to broaden the scope of our discussion and consider the different forms musical theatre can take in the 21st century, an especially important question in light of the pandemic and the (rightful) limitations placed on conventional theatre-going. Let’s read!

Each week, Katie will feature a new guest from the theatre community and discuss either the guest’s favorite play/musical or a play/musical with which they have been highly involved professionally.  Katie and her guest will discuss questions they had in reading the play, the transition from the reading of a play to putting it on its feet in performance, and interact with the audience: like the casual, theatre book club you never had!

Age group: High school and up.

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