For fans of musicals, Stephen Sondheim needs no introduction, and it seems he is working on a brand new musical.
He made this announcement at Glimmerglass Festival, in between the matinee and evening performances of his famous musical, Sweeney Todd. Not only did he confirm that he is working on something new, he revealed the opening date of his next musical.
It won’t be until 2017, and will open at the Public Theater in New York. The Public Theater confirmed that Stephen is developing the project, but no date has yet been set for the opening performance.
We may not know when the play opens, or what it’s called, but the theme is well known. It will be based on two films by Luis Buñuel, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and The Exterminating Angel, and will be written by playwright David Ives.
Stephen gave the attendees of Glimmerglass Festival this reveal thanks to a discussion with Jamie Bernstein about the differences between musicals and operas. The Exterminating Angel was just premiered as an opera by Thomas Ades.
He encouraged attendees to see both works, stating that it “it will be an interesting comparison.”