The stunningly prolific musical theater genius Stephen Sondheim has something up his sleeve. But he’s not telling us what it is. Not exactly. Not just yet.
“”It’s an idea I’ve had for a long time and it springs indirectly from a moment in a play of David [Ives’s],” Sondheim revealed yesterday. Sondheim and Ives will be collaborating: he has “20 or 30 minutes” written, he told the London Evening Standard.
What play? What moment? Sondheim isn’t saying, and Ives has no comment. But maybe you, Mr. or Ms. Washington Theater Lover, have an opinion – seeing as you’ve had a chance to see much of the Ives oeuvre.
David Ives, in this interview, said ““all plays are about debates, and debates about fundamental values.”
So let the debate begin. Show your fundamental values.
Here’s how this works. We’ve listed the plays by David Ives below. (When Sondheim said it was a play, we took him literally and assumed he’s not thinking about any of Ives’ books for musicals.)
Vote for the Ives play you think should be the basis for Sondheim’s next musical. Then, in the comments section, mention the specific play and describe the scene which you think Sondheim will use as his jumping off point. You can only vote once.
Of course, Sondheim’s not going to listen to you. He’s already made his selection. But if your choice turns out to be the same as Sondheim’s, that means your taste is as good as his. Isn’t that a kick in the pants?
Plus, we have a valuable prize for the winners. We’d like to provide you dinner with Sondheim, but frankly we don’t have the pull to put together such an arrangement. But we’ll give you the next best thing: dinner with a picture of Sondheim. We’ll supply the picture; you supply the dinner.
Plus, you will become an acknowledged theatre prophet and seer.