Cast members Joe Shirley (from left), Emily Dennis, Elizabeth Boston-Bennett and Matthew Hayes Hunter enjoy a break during rehearsals for "Putting It Together" at the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo submitted)
The Stephen Sondheim musical revue that lured Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett back to Broadway in the 1990s is coming to the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts in September.
“Putting It Together” replaces the originally scheduled “Smoke on the Mountain: The Homecoming” at the center. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees beginning Friday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Sept. 29.
Tickets cost from $11 to $15. They can be purchased online at www.boroarts.org, by phone at 615-904-2787 or at the Center for the Arts at 110 W. College St. in Murfreesboro.
Sondheim, a leading 20th century American composer, wrote more than a dozen musicals after becoming known for his lyrics to “West Side Story” and “Gypsy.”
A decade or so following his successful revue “Side by Side by Sondheim,” he was asked by a number of theater producers and directors to assemble another revue of some of his top tunes. The resultant “Putting It Together” opened in London in 1992 and soon enough made its way to New York.
The musicals from which the songs are taken include such hits as “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Into the Woods,” “Company,” “A Little Night Music,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” and “Sweeney Todd.”
But the revue format also gave Sondheim the opportunity to resuscitate some of his favorite tunes from such other works as “Follies,” “Merrily We Roll Along” and “Anyone Can Whistle.”
The Murfreesboro production features five of the rising stars in area community theater – Emily Dennis, Joe Shirley, John David Welch, Matthew Hayes Hunter and Elizabeth Boston-Bennett.
Director Cyndie Verbeten says her goal has been to create an on-stage excitement that departs from the typical revue format in which a narrator introduces otherwise-unconnected works. In this one, the venue is a 25th wedding anniversary dinner party, which provides a dramatic nucleus to bind the disparate tunes.
Sondheim’s musicals range across a wide variety of themes and styles, and Verbeten says the cast is thrilled with that diversity.