Arden Theatre Company

The Arden Theatre has staged 14 productions of Stephen Sondheim shows since 1993. But opening this month is a first: Passion, a simple love story between people who are anything but simple. Artistic director Terry Nolen tells the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns why he waited until he was good and ready.

Sondheim's Sensational Songs At The Arden

Jun 6, 2013

Along with jazz and motion pictures, musical theater is one of the 20th century’s great American artistic creations. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, a masterwork by one of Broadway’s master craftsman is getting a makeover in Philadelphia.

Though musical theater created outside the U.S. is often re-imported - think Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh - many of the most enduring works in the genre come from a theater artist who has been practicing his craft for longer than these two British composers have been alive. 

Stephen Sondheim first came to international attention as the lyricist for West Side Story, but it is the works he created on his own in the decades since that have endured. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle, Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, and A Little Night Music. The Arden Theatre Company closes its 25th season with Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, which runs through June 30, 2013.


WRTI's Lesley Valdes fills you in on Michael Ogborn's new musical that marks the first musical commissioned by the Arden Theatre Company. Runs through July 1st at the Arden Theatre.

Jim Cotter speaks with landscape architect Kim Wilkie. He's the designer of Longwood Gardens' new East Conservatory Plaza, featuring the first terraced lawn in the United States and the largest indoor green wall in North America.

Jane Pepper explores The Threepenny Opera. The Arden Theatre presents its production of the classic 1920s-era Brecht and Weill musical through November 7, 2010.

Susan Lewis considers different approaches to environmental art, with a visit to the Schuylkill Center in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia.

David Patrick Stearns speaks with Yannick Nezet Seguin, who is, at least for now, the conductor most likely to be The Philadelphia Orchestra's next music director.

Susan Lewis explores local offerings in family theater, and discusses different approaches to the form at the Arden, People's Light, and Lantern theaters.

Jim Cotter speaks with Nancy M. Heinzen. Her history of Rittenhouse Square - The Perfect Square - has just been published by Temple University Press.

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Jim Cotter speaks with Rossen Milanov. He conducts both Camden's Symphony in C with Astral Artists, and The Philadelphia Orchestra in upcoming concerts at the Kimmel Center.

Jason Peifer visits the Arden Theatre as it opens Bruce Graham's Something Intangible, the Arden's 30th world-premiere play. We'll hear about the career of the Philadelphia playwright.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns previews The Audition, a documentary exploring how the Metropolitan Opera finds new talent. The film features AVA artists Angela Meade and Michael Fabiano.

Jim Cotter speaks with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. She performs Bruch's first violin concerto in performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Susan Lewis looks at AMERICA I AM: The African American Imprint, a new exhibition at the National Constitution Center that explores the myriad contributions African Americans have made to America.

Jason Peifer visits the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia as it premieres an adaptation of Chaim Potok's 1972 novel, My Name Is Asher Lev.

Jim Cotter speaks with Frank Stella, the prolific painter, printmaker, sculptor, and muralist.

Susan Lewis takes us to a new Penn Museum exhibition - Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania.

In the second of a two-part series, David Patrick Stearns looks at the history of Leonard Bernstein's Candide and a production now at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia.

Jim Cotter speaks with writer Sharon White. The Temple University professor's latest book Vanished Gardens: Finding Nature in Philadelphia, is published this month.

In the first of a two-part report, David Patrick Stearns examines the history of Leonard Bernstein's Candide. A production opens this week at the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

Jason Peifer explores the rich history of Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, which is now in its 200th season.

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