Sondheim’s New Musical Gains Director, Workshop

Earlier this month, the New York Post reported that Tony Award-winning director Joe Mantello will direct Stephen Sondheim’s new musical at the Public Theater.

Don’t hold your breath — the musical is reportedly only half done — but with Mantello on board, and a miniature workshop reportedly occurring at the Public this week, the show, which has been in development since at least 2014, is shaping up. Working with playwright David Ives, Sondheim is basing the musical, tentatively titled “Buñuel,” on two films by the Spanish director of the same name: “The Exterminating Angel” and “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise.”

This summer Sondheim suggested he, Ives, producer Scott Rudin and the Public were aiming for the musical to premiere off-Broadway in 2017. The Post reported they currently aim to have a full-scale workshop of the piece this coming spring. This week’s workshop was closed to the press, but reports from the musical’s first workshop, this past summer, glowed.

“‘The music was gorgeous,’” an unnamed source told the Post’s Michael Riedel. “‘It’s not an old-fashioned Sondheim show — you know, song, dialogue, then a song. It’s much more seamless.’”

Talya Zax is the Forward’s culture fellow. Contact her at zax@forward.com or on Twitter, @TalyaZax

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Talya Zax

Talya Zax

Talya Zax is the Forward’s culture fellow. Contact her at zax@forward.com or on Twitter, @TalyaZax .

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