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[11/18/13 - 09:30 AM]
"Six by Sondheim," an Intimate Look at the Life and Art of the Renowned Composer and Lyricist Through Six Iconic Songs, Debuts Dec. 9, Exclusively on HBO
The film is "a highly personal profile of a great American artist as revealed through the creation and performance of six of his iconic songs."

[via press release from HBO]

"SIX BY SONDHEIM," AN INTIMATE LOOK AT THE LIFE AND ART OF THE RENOWNED COMPOSER AND LYRICIST THROUGH SIX ICONIC SONGS, DEBUTS DEC. 9, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

"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. Executive produced by James Lapine and Frank Rich, the exclusive HBO presentation debuts MONDAY, DEC. 9 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT).

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 9 (5:25 a.m.), 12 (9:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m.), 15 (11:45 a.m.), 17 (12:30 a.m.), 20 (10:45 a.m.) and 28 (2:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 11 (8:00 p.m.), 23 (10:15 a.m.) and 26 (6:05 p.m.)

HBO Documentary Films presents a weekly series this fall, debuting provocative new specials every Monday through Dec. 9. Other upcoming films include: "Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley" (Nov. 18); "Toxic Hot Seat" (Nov. 25); and "The Battle of amfAR" (Dec. 2).

The re-stagings in SIX BY SONDHEIM showcase performances by Broadway and Hollywood stars such as Audra McDonald ("Porgy and Bess"), Darren Criss ("Glee"), Jeremy Jordan ("Newsies") and America Ferrera ("Ugly Betty"), interspersed with archival performances of Sondheim standards by stars like Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin, Dean Jones, Yvonne de Carlo and Larry Kert. Blending theatrical and rare interview footage with Sondheim's candid anecdotes, the film features the songs "Something's Coming," "Opening Doors," "Send in the Clowns," "I'm Still Here," "Being Alive" and "Sunday."

The documentary reveals how art and life have been intertwined for Sondheim since childhood, when his mother's friendship with the family of the legendary librettist and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II would introduce the young Sondheim to a surrogate father and artistic mentor, ultimately starting him on the path to a career in the theater.

The six songs spotlighted:

"Something's Coming": Sondheim got his break writing lyrics for Broadway's "West Side Story," collaborating with composer Leonard Bernstein. As Sondheim explains, they created an opening number that would give Larry Kert, a young performer, the confidence to hold the stage in his first starring Broadway role. Though Sondheim treasured his collaboration with Bernstein, he regarded lyric writing as a stop on the way to his true goal of writing both music and lyrics.

"Opening Doors": Sondheim calls this song from "Merrily We Roll Along" - about three young writers trying to break into show business - his most directly autobiographical song. "I was trying to recapture what I was like when I was 25 and 30 years old," he says. Jeremy Jordan, Darren Criss, America Ferrera, Jackie Hoffman, Laura Osnes and Sondheim perform "Opening Doors" in a new segment directed by James Lapine.

"Send in the Clowns": Written for Glynis Johns' breathy voice, it became his biggest hit song, taking off two years following the opening of "A Little Night Music," after both Judy Collins and Frank Sinatra covered it. Audra McDonald and Will Swenson perform "Send in the Clowns" in a new segment directed by Autumn de Wilde.

"I'm Still Here": Sondheim wrote this tour de force for movie star Yvonne de Carlo during the pre-Broadway Boston tryout of "Follies" as a last-minute replacement for the song "Can That Boy Foxtrot!" As he explains, the lyrics were inspired by the life of resilient Hollywood legend Joan Crawford. Jarvis Cocker of the rock band Pulp performs "I'm Still Here" in a new segment directed by Todd Haynes.

"Being Alive": While writing "Company," a show about "the difficulties and joys of marriage," Sondheim, a self-described loner "out of habit" since childhood, asked his married friends for comments about their relationships. Dean Jones, the star of the original Broadway production, performs "Being Alive" in an excerpt from the classic documentary "Company: Original Cast Album," directed by D.A. Pennebaker.

"Sunday": The song closest to Sondheim's heart comes from "Sunday in the Park with George," inspired by Georges Seurat's painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." He says that for him part of the profound quality of the Seurat work stems from the fact that the figures depicted don't know they've been immortalized. Sondheim gave his song an "almost funereal" beat that becomes a triumphant march and builds to the word "forever."

Stephen Sondheim has written music and lyrics for more than 20 shows. He won a Pulitzer Prize in Drama for "Sunday in the Park with George" in 1985, and has received multiple Tony Awards, including a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre in 2008. In 1990, he won an Oscar(R) for Best Music, Original Song for "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)," from "Dick Tracy."

Director James Lapine has collaborated with Stephen Sondheim on several acclaimed shows, writing the book for and directing "Sunday in the Park with George," "Into the Woods," "Passion" and "Sondheim on Sondheim." He has received three Tony Awards, five Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. Lapine executive produces SIX BY SONDHEIM along with New York magazine's Frank Rich, a former chief theatre critic for the New York Times and currently an executive producer of the Emmy(R)-winning HBO comedy series "Veep."

For more information, visit: Facebook: facebook.com/hbodocs; Twitter: @HBODocs #SixBySondheim.

SIX BY SONDHEIM is directed by James Lapine; executive producers, James Lapine and Frank Rich; produced by Liz Stanton; edited by Miky Wolf. For HBO: senior producer, Nancy Abraham; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.





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