The Sondheim.com community forum is a popular spot for readers of this site. We've developed a number of interactive Sondheim related games to play and what follows is an introduction to them. When you're ready to play, or if you simly want to watch the players rack up points, check out the Games section of our Community Forum
The Game: Create a chain of sorts of trivia questions.
The Rules: You may only post a question if you answer the previous question correctly. Then, you must post a question, to keep the game rolling (so don't answer if you don't have a question ready.) If you post a question without having posting a correct answer, I will cross out your question. Please post questions that have one answer, preferably a unique one (although you can't always know, so if someone posts a legitimate answer to your question that was not the answer you were thinking of, it must be accepted as a correct answer.) The questions must be factual (no "supposedly"s or "rumor has it"s)
The Game: Create the longest chain of pure Sondheim quotes.
The Rules: The word you use should be in bold, and the word you are leaving for the next person should also be in bold . You can leave any word in your quote that you want to. Tricky words are encouraged, but if you leave a tricky word, you'd better make sure there is another use of it in the Sondheim lexicon or you will be shouted at. Only lyrics are allowed, however, any word that lies on a note (even if it is spoken by the character) counts as a lyric (Such as "Chinese laundry" "Hi" "Mary" "Say hello", all of which is spoken but all of which is part of the rhythm and lies on notes). Since both Chromolume and Bobster seem to have good collections of the scores, we will take their word as to whether a word is indicated as being on a note in the score. (Heaven help us if they have different versions of the score with different indications. I guess we'll just have to take the word of whichever one of them pipes up first in that case, but it would be interesting to know the difference....)
You can leave just the root of your word if you want to (such as "Finish ing the hat") but if the person before you has left the entire word, you cannot just use the root. You can use a root that appears in its entirety in your word, but only if it is indeed the same word (a foul was called for changing "spit" into "spite", for instance.) You can use a different meaning of the same word only if you use the word in its entirety without adding a prefix or suffix.
Nobody seems to need to be told that it's against the rules to answer your own lyric, unless, of course, you've stumped everyone (and then it's best to start dropping hints.) It also goes without saying that you can't answer a song with the same song, even if the word is used twice in that song.
It's nice but not required to put the name of the show as the title of your post. Please make sure that you are replying to the correct post, because we do tend to get a little competitive around here and sometimes several people race forward with a correct lyric. Whoever gets there first is the thread we should follow.
If you are beaten to an answer, please cross it out, but don't post a new answer in the same post. (It can get difficult to figure out who was first.)
The Game: Create a story comprised of continuing, connecting sequences.
The Rules: The more bizzare the story, the better. Just the same, the more Sondheim references you can throw in, the better. It works best if you leave a cliffhanger at the end of your prose, that way the next person has to find an interesting way to take on the story.
Assassins is about how society interprets the American Dream, marginalizes outsiders and rewrites and sanitizes its collective history. "Something Just Broke" is a major distraction and plays like an afterthought, shoe horned simply to appease. The song breaks the dramatic fluidity and obstructs the overall pacing and climactic arc which derails the very intent and momentum that makes this work so compelling...
- Mark Bakalor
Which is not to say that it is perfect...
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