“Merrily We Roll Along,” which opens the “Encores!” series Wednesday night at New York City Center, features one of Stephen Sondheim’s catchiest scores, full of songs that have gone on to become standards.
You’ve seen the splashy ads featuring names like Daniel Craig, Mary-Louise Parker and “Big Fish.” Now it’s time to check out the musicals, comedies and dramas vying for your attention and cash this fall. Here’s my selection of the most enticing.
I’ve been thinking about the problematic Vivian Beaumont Theatre ever since June 30, when a commercial booking called “Ann” -- about the straight-shooting Texas governor Ann Richards -- finally gave up the ghost after nearly four months of sparsely attended performances.
“Sondheim on Sondheim,” the revue put together by James Lapine from Stephen Sondheim’s songs, confirms enchantingly what we already know but can gladly bear such eloquent repeating of: that Sondheim is the best composer- lyricist we’ve got.