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  • Writer's pictureLeigh Gerstenberger

Send in the Clowns

When Stephen Sondheim passed away in November of 2021, the world lost one of the most important figures in 20th-century musical theatre. Sondheim began his career writing the lyrics for West Side Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959). Some of his other best-known works include: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962); Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1987).

Over his career, Sondheim collaborated with some of the greatest performers of all time and his songs have been covered by artists from Frank Sinatra to Judy Collins.

However, he had a special relationship with Bernadette Peters who is regarded by many as the foremost interpreter of his works. With that in mind, I hope you enjoy this rendition of Send in The Clowns performed by Peters while being accompanied by Sondheim on piano at Southern Methodist University in 1994.

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