Six by Sondheim

80
  • NR
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Release year: 2013
  • Running time: 86 min
“Everybody has problems. Nobody goes through life unscathed, and I think if you write about those things, you’re going to touch people,” says Stephen Sondheim in SIX BY SONDHEIM, an intimate and candid look at the life and art of the legendary composer-lyricist. read more
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“Everybody has problems. Nobody goes through life unscathed, and I think if you write about those things, you’re going to touch people,” says Stephen Sondheim in SIX BY SONDHEIM, an intimate and candid look at the life and art of the legendary composer-lyricist. Since his Broadway debut at age 27 as the lyricist for “West Side Story,” Sondheim has redefined musical theatre over the course of a six-decade career through such groundbreaking works as “Company,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Sunday in the Park with George.” Directed by Tony Award-winner and frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, SIX BY SONDHEIM is a highly personal profile of a great American artist as revealed through the creation and performance of six of his iconic songs. Told primarily in Sondheim’s own words, this feature documentary weaves together dozens of interviews with the composer, rarely seen archival material spanning more than half a century (including newly discovered footage of Ethel Merman performing “Gypsy”) and re-stagings of three songs produced especially for the film.

Original Release

12/09/2013

US Release

12/09/2013

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Cast

Audra McDonald Herself / Self
Darren Criss Frank
America Ferrera Mary / Herself / Self
Stephen Sondheim Himself / Joe / Self
Jarvis Cocker Crooner
Yvonne De Carlo Herself (archive footage) / Self
Jackie Hoffman Singer #17
Dean Jones Self / Himself (archive footage)
Angela Lansbury Mrs. Lovett (archive footage) / Mrs. Lovett
Bette Midler Mama Rose (archive footage) / Mama Rose
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

James Lapine, Autumn de Wilde, Todd Haynes

Cast

Audra McDonald Herself / Self
Darren Criss Frank
America Ferrera Mary / Herself / Self
Stephen Sondheim Himself / Joe / Self
Jarvis Cocker Crooner
Yvonne De Carlo Herself (archive footage) / Self
Jackie Hoffman Singer #17
Dean Jones Self / Himself (archive footage)
Angela Lansbury Mrs. Lovett (archive footage) / Mrs. Lovett
Bette Midler Mama Rose (archive footage) / Mama Rose
Laura Osnes Beth
Barbara Barrie Herself (archive footage) / Self
Charles Braswell Himself (archive footage) / Self
Susan Browning Herself (archive footage) / Self
Judy Bruno Bennett Former Flapper
Glenn Close Herself (archive footage) / Self
George Coe Himself (archive footage) / Self
John Cunningham Himself (archive footage) / Self
Judi Dench Herself (archive footage) / Self
Steve Elmore Himself (archive footage) / Self

Producers

Susan Benaroya Executive Producer
James Lapine Executive Producer
Sheila Nevins Executive Producer
Frank Rich Executive Producer
Nancy Abraham Producer
Gwen Bialic Producer
Pamela Koffler Producer
Robin Seidon Producer
Liz Stanton Producer
Jett Steiger Producer
Christine Vachon Producer

Editors

Miky Wolf

2014 Emmy Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special Nominated
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