Stephen Sondheim doesn’t give many interviews, but the Broadway composer/lyricist gave one recently to the Seattle Times in advance of a stage chat with former New York Times theater critic Frank Rich.
Apparently he’s OK with the various ways his works have been interpreted, from a “chamber” version of “Sunday in the Park with George” to the recent Johnny Depp movie version of “Sweeney Todd.”
And he’s not a big fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber or jukebox musicals, either: “With the British musicals, I thought it was a phase, and this too shall pass. We’ll move away from the jukebox shows, too. But it will take longer, because pop is so popular.”