Off-Broadway Opening: HERE WE ARE (Final Musical by Stephen Sondheim at The Shed’s Griffin Theater)

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by Gregory Bernard on March 17, 2023

in Theater-New York


A few months before he passed, Stephen Sondheim told Stephen Colbert during an interview that he was working on a show. And here I thought that the musical he was writing with David Ives known as Square One had been scrapped. Not so, announced The Shed, which said via producer Tom Kirdahy (The Inheritance) that the world premiere of Here We Are, the final musical by the great Sondheim, begins a strictly limited engagement in September 2023 at The Shed’s Griffin Theater. The musical, formerly known as Square One, features a book by Ives and is inspired by two films of Luis BuñuelThe Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and The Exterminating Angel.  Direction of the new musical is by Tony-winner Joe Mantello. Executive Producers are Sue WagnerJohn Johnson and Jillian Robbins.

Sondheim, who died in November 2021 at the age of 91, had been working on this project for years. A production of a musical, created by Ives and Sondheim, was set to premiere off-Broadway at The Public Theater in 2017, but never made it to the stage.

This is the latest Sondheim work to be presented in New York. A revival of Sweeney Todd, starring Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford, is currently in previews at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway. And the off-Broadway production of Merrily We Roll Along, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez, is scheduled to transfer to the Hudson Theatre on Broadway for an 18-week engagement starting Sept. 19.

The two productions follow a revival of Sondheim’s Into the Woods, which ran on Broadway from June 2022 through January 2023, and Company, which began previews before the theatrical shutdown and then returned to run from November 2021 through July 2022.


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Ted Rado March 20, 2023 at 11:33 am

My brother Jim Rado the author of Hair left me his last musical before he passed. Very cool show. Would you like to read the book and hear the music for possible production in the future? Regards Ted


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