World Premiere of Being Alive: A Sondheim Celebration Opens June 8 | Playbill

Regional News World Premiere of Being Alive: A Sondheim Celebration Opens June 8

Robert Kelley directs the new musical tribute to the late Stephen Sondheim for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.

Solona Husband, William Liberatore, Nick Nakashima, Melissa WolfKlain, Robert Kelley, Sleiman Alahmadieh, Noel Anthony Escobar, and Anne Tolpegin Reed Flores

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley closes its 53rd season with the world premiere of a musical tribute honoring the late Stephen Sondheim, Being Alive: A Sondheim Celebration, opening June 8 following previews that began June 5.

Conceived by Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley and William Liberatore, TheatreWorks' resident musical director, performances are scheduled through June 30 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts in Mountain View, California. 

Kelley also directs the tribute with musical direction by Liberatore and choreography by Alex Perez. The cast features Anne Tolpegin, Nick Nakashima, Melissa WolfKlain, Noel Anthony Escobar, Solona Husband, and Sleiman Alahmadieh.

Being Alive: A Sondheim Celebration spotlights a group of performers exploring the ever-changing nature of love in their personal lives. A paean to both Sondheim and the process of creating theatre, the musical also showcases the performers’ journey staging a show from dress rehearsals to opening night.

The limited engagement also has scenic design by Wilson Chin, costume design by Fumiko Bielefeldt, lighting design by Pamila Z. Gray, and sound design by Cliff Carruthers. Randall K. Lum serves as stage manager with Laura Hicks as assistant stage manager.

Sondheim received nine Tony Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. He also won eight Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and a Pulitzer Prize. The late composer wrote the music and lyrics for Here We Are, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park With George, Sweeney Todd, Company, Pacific Overtures, Passion, Merrily We Roll Along, Assassins, Follies, Anyone Can Whistle, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Road Show as well as the lyrics for West Side Story, Gypsy, Do I Hear a Waltz?, and additional lyrics for Candide. Major revues of his work include Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends, Side by Side by Sondheim, Putting It Together, Marry Me a Little, You're Gonna Love Tomorrow, and Sondheim on Sondheim.

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