Sondheim has always been great -- but he hasn't always been lucky. Take his first Broadway musical, Saturday Night: Right before opening, the lead producer died, the production folded and 23-year-old Sondheim was left without his big Broadway debut (for the time being, anyway). In fact, it took another 40 years for Saturday Night to make its way back to the stage. But the wait was worth it: A brilliant and energetic musical, Sondheim's debut effort hints at triumphs soon to come while staying firmly rooted in the Rodgers and Hammerstein tradition. Based on a play by the two brothers responsible for the film Casablanca, this little-known gem follows a status-obsessed Brooklynite who learns the steady value of love during the Year of the Crash, 1929. Now Ring Theatre presents an all-new staging at the University of Miami.
This show is recommended for those age 10 or older.