In the first of a new series of Q&As, The Stephen Sondheim Society visits the beautiful Wilton’s Music Hall to talk to the stars of its latest show: Floyd Collins. This 1994 musical is by composer/lyricist Adam Guettel – grandson of Richard Rodgers, godson of Arthur Laurents, and in some way aprotégé of Sondheim – and tells the true story of a prospector trapped in a sand cave.
Sondheim fans will undoubtedly be intrigued to see this rare work, as Guettel is often cited as his successor to the Broadway throne. “The Riddle Song”, which closes the first act, is also one of the songs that Sondheim claims that he wishes he’d written.
In the video, stars Ashley Robinson (Floyd) and Rebecca Trehearn (Nellie) speak to Sondheim Society Chairman Craig Glenday about this challenging piece, as well as their experience in Sondheim shows. Ashley will be familiar to fans of Maria Friedman’s Merrily We Roll Along, as he played the role of the answerphone inventor Tyler.
Floyd Collins opens at Wilton’s Music Hall on Wednesday 21 September and runs until 15 October. To book, click here.