Signature Theatre has resurrected its 2021 digital production of Simply Sondheim, a revue of songs written by the late theatrical legend. With performances from Norm Lewis, Solea Pfeiffer, Conrad Ricamora, Emily Skinner, and more, the production is streaming again via MarqueeTV in honor of Sondheim's March 22 birthday. The revue will be available to stream through March 21, 2024.
"Signature is thrilled to re-release our filmed production of Simply Sondheim as part of our ongoing season long commitment to celebrating Sondheim's work,” says Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner. “This production was filmed during the early days of the pandemic, in 2020, when there was so much uncertainty about when we’d be able to return to live performances. Sondheim gave us his blessing and thoughtful insight throughout the process of bringing this filmed production to our audiences. Simply Sondheim’s talented cast, crew, and orchestra embody the best of Signature and thanks to MarqueeTV I’m thrilled that audiences will be able to once again enjoy this theatrical experience from the comfort of their homes."
The revue was created specifically for the D.C.-area theatre, with a song list that includes Sondheim standbys like "Finishing the Hat," "Another Hundred People," "Losing My Mind," and "The Worst Pies in London," along with lesser-heard tunes like "Country House," "Saturday Night," and "Goodbye For Now."
Along with Lewis, Pfeiffer, Ricamora, and Skinner, the production features Nicholas McDonough, Donna Migliaccio, Christopher Mueller, Katie Mariko Murray, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Paul Scanlan, Awa Sal Secka, and Bobby Smith. They're backed by an orchestra of 16, led by music director Jon Kalbfleisch.
Gardiner directed and choreographed the show, leading a creative team that includes lighting designer Adam Honoré, sound designer Ryan Hickey, hair and makeup designer Alison Samantha Johnson, orchestrator Jonathan Tunick, and vocal arranger David Loud. Chiet Productions handled filming, with Justin Chiet serving as director of photographer. The revue is co-conceived by Loud and Eric Schaeffer.
Simple Sondheim is available to stream by Marquee TV subscribers here.