$20 Ticket to an Evening with Stephen Sondheim at the Society for the Performing Arts, 10/25, 7:30 p.m.

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  • Candid conversation with an esteemed composer
  • Hosted by New York Times critic Frank Rich
  • Tickets in rear orchestra and lower balcony

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Promotional value expires Oct 25, 2009. Amount paid never expires. Must redeem for ticket at Will Call, seating is first come first served. Valid only for 10/25 performance. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Today’s Groupon offers an upgrade from your biography audio books. For $20, you’ll experience legendary lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s candid confessions at The Society for the Performing Arts on Sunday, October 25, a $42 value. New York Times columnist and former chief drama critic Frank Rich will prompt the esteemed composer to reflect on his career, collaborations, and creative process during the 7:30 p.m. performance at Jones Hall.

Sondheim’s illustrious credits include Gypsy, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, and Sweeney Todd 2: American Ninja, making him one of the most important artists to work in American musical theater over the past 50 years. This unscripted conversation not only examines his personal and professional lives, but also explores the state of theater today. You’ll take in the performance from seats in the rear orchestra and lower balcony section C at the beautiful Jesse H. Jones Hall, a downtown venue that’s dazzled visitors with its slopped travertine marble façade and elegant interior since 1966.

Marathon episodes of VH-1’s Behind the Music have you well-versed in the explicit exploits of '80s hair bands and '90s rappers, but you blank when it comes to the background of harmonious heavyweight Stephen Sondheim. This Groupon will broaden your cultural horizons, help you become a better Trivial Pursuit partner, and provide you with a new appreciation for the stage.

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Stephen Sondheim’s shows struck a harmonious cord with the media: NPR, Time magazine, and the Sondheim Review, a quarterly publication devoted to the lyrical genius, have all featured them.

  • Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, 79, continues to dominate the genre he has constantly reinvented, first with Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins on West Side Story in 1957, Company (1970), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979) and Sunday in the Park with George (1984). – Carla Power, Time

Sweeney Ted and Other Off-Broadway Hits

Many of Stephen Sondheim’s famous musicals take well-known works or characters (West Side Story = Romeo and Juliet) and update their timeless tales for modern audiences. In this same spirit, off-Broadway writer, lyricist, composer, director, and producer Darren Fingle has re-imagined several of Sondheim’s works. Here are Fingle’s comments about some of his greatest hits:

Gypsies: “Boy, I was pretty sure I was going to get sued for this one. To make the lawyers happy, I added a scene where giant robots fight each other and changed that song to ‘Everything’s Coming Up Robots’.”
A Different West Side Story: “You can’t copyright a part of town! The story is basically the same as the regular West Side Story, but some of the characters in mine are giant robots who have forbidden love.”
Sweeney Ted: “I didn’t change much in this case because the original seems to also be about robots. A huge hit!”

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Robert S January 5, 2017
"Still the best performance venue in town"
Beautiful Inside and out, Jones Hall is home of the Houston Symphony and the Society for the Performing Arts. So, it has the best of classical music along with performance by top level traveling companies from the US and the World. The hall is lovely to look at and it is decorated with bea... Read More
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Scott M December 30, 2016
"Do NOT Book in Row A"
We paid over $300 for front row center seats (A6/A7) to the Dec 28 performance of Shen Yun. Directly in front of us was a four foot wall separating the orchestra pit. This wall not only limited our leg room, but completely blocked our view of anything below the waist of the performers. ... Read More
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AggieBQ75 October 17, 2016
"Great venue offering tremendous variety."
Jones Hall for the Performing Arts is a wonderful venue offering great sound and good viewing from almost any seat in the house. We have watched Raiders of the Lost Ark, with the Houston Symphony providing the musical score. Wonderful performance! Most recently, we attended a concert by Sm... Read More
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