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Boys of Sondheim

City Recital Hall will host this intimate cabaret, celebrating a revered musical theatre man, as part of Sydney Mardi Gras 2019.
By Matt Abotomey
December 21, 2018
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By Matt Abotomey
December 21, 2018
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Godhood's a hard thing to come by in any profession. But over the course of roughly half a century, Stephen Sondheim, the composer and lyricist responsible for penning all of the songs your musical theatre friends refuse to stop singing in public places (including those from Into the Woods, West Side Story and Sweeney Todd), has toddled on up the road to full-blown deity status.

With a pool room that contains virtually every award, Sondheim is most revered for managing to bottle the unique sound and style of New York in the late-20th century. In February, however, City Recital Hall is looking to focus on his stratospheric achievements as a gay artist. Originally presented as part of Brisbane Powerhouse's Melt 2017: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture, Boys of Sondheim is a five-man cabaret that takes some of Sondheim's greatest hits and explores them in the context of same-sex relationships.

Featuring a herd of showstoppers from Assassins, Follies, Gypsy and Company, Boys of Sondheim is a celebration of both the work and the gentleman who produced it.

Godhood may be difficult to improve upon, but be sure to book if you want to see what the master looks like from a slightly different angle.

Boys of Sondheim is a 2019 Mardi Gras Festival Premier Event and will be presented on Friday, February 22 at City Recital Hall. Tickets start from $40 for under 30s and can be purchased here

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