- Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts
The Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, opened December 7-10, 2007, located with the
Fairfield Arts & Convention Centerin Fairfield, Iowa. The Center opened with 7 notable Broadway stars, including Liz Callawayand Richard Kind, all of whom had something to do with one of the many musicals of Stephen Joshua Sondheim. His most famous scores include (as composer/lyricist) " A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", "Company", " Follies", " A Little Night Music", "Sweeney Todd", " Sunday in the Park with George", " Into the Woods", and "Assassins", as well as the lyrics for " West Side Story" and "Gypsy".
The center is the first one in the United States named after
* [http://www.sondheimcenter.com Official Site]
* [http://www.fairfieldacc.com/sondheimcenter.html Fairfield Arts and Convention Center]
* [http://www.iowasource.com/arts/sondheim_1207.html Iowa Source Article]
* [http://www.mmdnewswire.com/firfield-iow-to-open-stephen-sdheim-center-for-performing-arts-in-december-2007-1687-2.html Opening Press Release]
In January 2008, Sondheim Center produced A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Richard Kind Starring. In Feb. 2008, a new work called Edges was produced for on weekend. To close their spring season, Randal K. West directed a completely new vision of Godspell. Orchestrations were completely changed by Justin Hill the musical director. It starred Ryan Gaffney as Jesus, Mason Davis and Judas, Alison Axelrad as "Mary" singing "By My Side" and Stephen Crisp as an apostle singing "All Good Gifts" and "Beautiful City".
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