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. While we bid a fond farewell to the National’s extraordinary production of Follies on 3rd January, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2018, including Sondheim on Sondheim at the National on 15th March, as well as a full West End run of Company in the autumn. On 3rd March is the National’s Sondheim in Depth study day, and we’re pleased to confirm that our own Brush Up Your Sondheim educational weekend will be returning later in the year.
Our monthly cabarets, The Stephen Sondheim Society Presents… returns in February, as ever on the first Monday evening of each month. And our jewel in the crown, The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition – aka SSSSPOTY – returns for its 12th annual iteration at the start of the summer. Hope to see you all at one or all of our events!