March 22, 2016

Press Release: Portland Opera Presents “A Sondheim Celebration”

“A Sondheim Celebration” is coming to Alberta Rose Theatre (3000 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211) on April 5, 2016 at 7:30pm, courtesy of Portland Opera. General Director Christopher Mattaliano and Chorus Master & Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox will co-host this showcase of work by American musical theater’s greatest living lyricist and composer.

“Nick and I are both crazy about Sondheim,” says General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “The wealth and richness of his material is almost mind boggling. It would take two or three additional programs to cover all of our favorites, but if you love his work – or if you want to get to know his work – come hear this program and you will experience a small sample of what makes Stephen Sondheim’s music the perfect blend of music, theater, and drama.”

Inspired by Portland Opera’s upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (Keller Auditorium June 3, 5, 9, 11), “A Sondheim Celebration” will encapsulate all that makes Sondheim’s music so enduringly popular and universally well-loved. Portland Opera’s 2016 Resident Artists will perform selections from the vast array of Sondheim’s ensembles, duets, and solos – the funny, the tender, and the romantic. Resident Artists Katrina Galka, Felicia Moore, Abigail Dock, Aaron Short, and Ryan Thorn will be joined by special guests Matthew Hayward and Susannah Mars, who is also in the Sweeney Todd cast in the starring role of Mrs. Lovett. Nick Fox will join the artists on piano.

Titles on the program include “A Little Priest” from Sweeney Todd sung by Susannah Mars and Ryan Thorn; “Comedy Tonight” from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum sung by the ensemble; “Broadway Baby” and “Losing My Mind” from Follies sung by Susannah Mars; “Sunday” from Sunday in the Park with George sung by the ensemble; and more from Into the Woods, Company, A Little Night Music, Merrily We Roll Along, Pacific Overtures, and Passion.

Tickets prices for “A Sondheim Celebration” are: $12 in advance (plus a service fee of $3.25) and $15 at the door (plus a service fee of $1 per ticket if paid in cash or $1.65 if paid by card). For more information about “A Sondheim Celebration” or to purchase tickets, go to albertarosetheatre.com.

Sweeney Todd is truly operatic in scope, achieving enormous theatrical impact through its extraordinarily sophisticated music and larger-than-life characters. Portland Opera’s upcoming production, based on the original Broadway production directed by Harold Prince, will reveal the beauty of its score in its entirety with a full cast, chorus, and orchestra at the Keller Auditorium June 3, 5, 9, and 11. For more information about Sweeney Todd, visit PortlandOpera.org.

Northeast Portland’s intimate, 400-seat Alberta Rose Theatre is the perfect casual environment to showcase these classic songs while the audience enjoys local microbrews, regional wines, and a hearty bite from the Pacific Pie Company.