We’d like to end the year with two festive favourites from Sondheim. While not known for his contributions to the Christmas songbook, Sondheim nevertheless has two Christmas numbers to his name, both of them written with a collaborator. The first is “Christmas Island at Christmas Time”, written in 1957 with Mary Rodgers for a project that neither could later recall. Being Sondheim, it’s not what you’d expect from a Christmas song: a calypso complaining about the unbearable heat on a tropical island in December. Here’s SSSSPOTY winner Kris Olsen performing it at A Christmas Evening With The Sondheim Society at Leicester Square Theatre Lounge in December 2013:
The second is “If I Had Three Wishes for Christmas”, which was written with Jule Styne for Gypsy but ultimately cut. This is much more traditional festive fayre, as this performance by Kate Hume confirms, also recorded at A Christmas Evening With The Sondheim Society in December 2013.
From everyone at The Stephen Sondheim Society, we’d like to wish all our members and friends a very happy Christmas (or Chanukah!) and all the best for the New Year. There’s a lot to look forward to in 2017 – including a new production of The Frogs and, of course, Follies at the National Theatre in the UK; in the US, you can re-discover your love for Sondheim with three – yes, THREE! – shows in New York, with Sunday in the Park with George (starring Jake Gyllenhaal), the transfer of the Tooting Arts Club’s pie-shop Sweeney Todd and John Doyle’s Pacific Overtures all playing. And who knows, we might even get to hear Steve’s new show, Buñuel!