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Who is Stephen Sondheim?

Stephen Sondheim 101

Who the heck is Eliza and what was she doing on the ice?

The lyric,"like Eliza on the ice..." from Company refers to Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin which was the basis for a very popular stage version by George Aiken in the late 1800's. The lyric srefers specifically to when Eliza crosses an icey river to escape being captured by the slave master.

Why does the Seagram Building remind David of Bobby in Company?

The Seagram Building is an office building on Park & 53rd in New York City. It is an isolated building with absolute symmetry with a skeleton structure clearly apparent within the more delicate framing of window elements tht sheath the building. The materials, metal bronze and amber glass, lend the exterior an opaque solidity. One can see out its those on the outside can not see in - much like the character of Bobby in Company.

And what about half the stuff in "I'm Still Here"?

See's feature on the references of "I'm Still Here."

Where can I write to Mr. Sondheim?

Sarah L Douglas
Douglas & Kopelman Artists, Inc
393 West 49th Street #5G
New York, NY 10019

Where can I get a copy of the Passion Original Broadway Cast recording?

The original Broadway Cast album for Passion is unfortunately out of print. It is still available at Amazon. You may also be able to find it in stores, online auction sites like eBay, etc.

In Company is Bobby gay?

The writers have specifically explained that he is not and have pointed out that if he was it would certainly defeat the purpose of the show. In other words,he's gay and he's sleeping with women he has issues larger than a fear of committment and the show isn't about those bigger issues, it's about fear of committment.

How do they do the change for the Witch in Into the Woods?


I'm a student writing a paper on (insert subject here). Would you please do all my research and submit my paper to me in the next 12 hours?

No can do. However, with the resources here at you should find enough information to get well on your way to getting an A on that paper the old fashion way. It builds character, good eyesight and strong bones.

How do you make a vodka stinger?

1 oz White Creme de Menthe
1 oz Vodka

Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass and serve.

A Sazerac sling?

1 tsp Ricard
1/2 tsp superfine Sugar
2 dashes Peychaud bitters
1 tsp Water
2 oz Bourbon
1 twist of Lemon peel

Pour Ricard into a glass and swirl around to coat glass, discard any excess. Place the sugar, Peychaud bitters, and water int othe glass and muddle with the back of a teaspoon. Fill the glass with ice cubes, pour the bourbon over the ice cubes and serve.

What's the Kama Sutra?

The Kama Sutra is an Indian text written during the eighth century. It is a work of philosophy, psychology, Hindu teachings and a classic guide to lovemaking.

In "The Ladies Who Lunch" please explain the reference to "Mahler."

First of all, the lyric is not a reference to cheesecake. Gustav Mahler was a classical composer whose work hit a pop culture peak in the 1970's.

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