2010-2011 Jones Visiting Lecture: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim (left) and Frank Rich

Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim is the greatest living creator of the American Musical Theatre, and his over fifty years of landmark contributions to the form range from the classics West Side Story and Gypsy to his masterpieces Sunday in the Park with George and Sweeney Todd.  Mr. Sondheim’s sophisticated shows, which feature his complex lyrics and intricate melodies, challenged traditional notions of what a musical could be, and ushered the uniquely American art form of the Broadway musical into its maturity and into the modern age.

Sondheim was joined by Frank Rich, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, in an onstage interview for Lafayette College’s annual Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Visiting Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Colton Chapel.

Before joining the Times, Rich was a film and television critic at Time magazine. Earlier, he was film critic for The New York Post and film critic and senior editor of New Times Magazine.  Frank Rich has announced that he will leave The New York Times to join New York magazine in June.

Following the onstage interview, Sondheim addressed questions from the audience.

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