Putting It Together (Broadway)

Putting It Together (Broadway Film)

PUTTING IT TOGETHER “A Musical Review” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on November 21, 1999 and closed February 20, 2000 after 101 performances.  PUTTING IT TOGETHER was recorded to film on Broadway on February 19 and 20, 2000. Music orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick; Musical Director: Paul Raiman. The original 1992 production devised by Stephen Sondheim and Julia McKenzie.

Produced by Cameron Mackintosh in association with the Mark Taper Forum (Gordon Davidson, Artistic Director). Executive Produced by David Caddick and Martin McCallum.

Direction: Eric D. Schaeffer (Jody Moccia, Associate Director); Choreography: Bob Avian (Jodi Moccia, Associate Choreographer); Scenery and Costumes: Bob Crowley (Carol Burnett’s costumes designed by Bob Mackie & Kathie Lee Gifford’s wardrobe by Donald Deal); Lighting: Howard Harrison; Sound: Andrew Bruce & Mark Menard, and Projections: Wendall K. Harrington.

Starring Carol Burnett (The Wife), George Hearn (The Husband), John Barrowman (The Younger Man), Ruthie Henshall (The Younger Woman), Bronson Pinchot (The Observer) and Kathie Lee Gifford (The Wife, at certain performances)

Conducted by Paul Raiman; Associate Conductor: Nicholas Archer; Assistant Conductor: Matthew Sklar; Piano: Paul Raiman; Synthesizer: Nicholas Archer; Keyboards: Matthew Sklar; Bass: Lou Bruno; Drum/Percussion: David Silliman; Oboe/English Horn: Elizabeth Kieronski; Clarinet: Les Scott; Bassoon: John Campo; Trumpet: Stu Satalof; Music Copying: Emily Grishman Music Preparation

This filmed Broadway production of PUTTING IT TOGETHER: Direct from Broadway presentation was additionally presented by Live Pay Per View (PPV), and later by DVD and other streaming formats by our Broadway Television Network.

Logo BTN - Broadway Television NetworkAs Executive Vice President (and shareholder) of short-lived Broadway Television Network, established in 2000 as a Pay-Per-View network dedicated to presenting shows presented under the banner, “Live from Broadway, One Night Only“.  Clash of vision (and personality): the board wanted PPV special events, I wanted to stream through membership and sell downloads ongoing.  I lost the battle, and left a few months later.  History proved me right.

Executive Management included Kay Kopolvitz (Chairman of the Board); Bruce Brandwen (CEO); Don Roy King (TV Creative Director); Jerry Zaks (Stage Creative Director); Toby Simkin (Executive Vice President New Media); Nick van Hoogstraten (Vice President Production) & Susan Lee (Director of Marketing).

Associate Lighting Design: Ed McCarthy; Assistant Scenic Design: Stephan Olson; Assistant Costume Design: Rory Powers; Assistant Lighting Design: Jason Livingston; Assistant Sound Design: Tim Pritchard; Associate Projection Design: Chelsea Pennebaker and Michael Clark; Projection Programmer: Paul Vershbow.

General Manager: Alan Wasser; Company Manager: Gillian Roth; Associate General Manager: Allan Williams; Production Stage Manager: Peter Von Mayrhauser; Technical Production Manager: John H. Paull, III and Jake Bell; Stage Manager: Robert Witherow and Susie Walsh; Associate Production Manager: Jack Anderson; Assistant Production Manager: Laura Eichholz; Casting: Johnson-Liff Associates; General Press Representative: The Publicity Office; Dance Captain: Christina Marie Norrup; Photographer: Michael Le Poer Trench and Joan Marcus; Vari*Lite Programmer: Robert Halliday; Assistant to the General Manager: Bill Klemm.

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Putting It Together had first been produced on January 27, 1992, at the Old Fire Station in Oxford, England, and as Sondheim Putting It Together the New York premiere opened Off-Broadway on April 1, 1993, at the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Stage 1 for a limited engagement of fifty-nine performances with Julie Andrews, Stephen Collins, Christopher Durang, Michael Rupert and Rachel York.

Musical Numbers

Act One:

  • “Invocation and Instructions to the Audience” (The Frogs, 1974) (Bronson Pinchot);
  • “Putting It Together” (Sunday in the Park with George, 1984) (Company);
  • “Rich and Happy” (Merrily We Roll Along, 1981) (Company);
  • “Do I (You) Hear a Waltz?” (Do I Hear a Waltz?, 1965; music by Richard Rodgers) (Carol Burnett, George Hearn);
  • “Merrily We Roll Along” (Part One) (Merrily We Roll Along, 1981) (Bronson Pinchot);
  • “Lovely” (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1962) (Company);
  • “Hello, Little Girl” (Into the Woods, 1987) (George Hearn, Ruthie Henshall);
  • “My Husband the Pig” (dropped during rehearsals of A Little Night Music, 1973) (Carol Burnett);
  • “Every Day a Little Death” (A Little Night Music, 1973) (Carol Burnett, Ruthie Henshall);
  • “Everybody Ought to Have a Maid” (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1962) (Bronson Pinchot);
  • “Have I Got a Girl for You” (Company, 1970) (John Barrowman, George Hearn);
  • “Pretty Women” (Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 1979) (John Barrowman, George Hearn);
  • “Sooner or Later” (1990 film Dick Tracy) (Ruthie Henshall);
  • “Bang!” (dropped during rehearsals of A Little Night Music, 1973) (John Barrowman, Bronson Pinchot, Ruthie Henshall);
  • “Country House” (1987 London production of Follies) (Carol Burnett, George Hearn);
  • “Unworthy of Your Love” (Assassins, Off-Broadway; 1990) (John Barrowman, Ruthie Henshall);
  • “Merrily We Roll Along” (Part Two) (Merrily We Roll Along, 1981) (Bronson Pinchot);
  • “Could I Leave You?” (Follies, 1971) (Carol Burnett);
  • “Rich and Happy” (reprise) (Company)

Act Two:

  • Entr’acte (Orchestra);
  • “Back in Business” (1990 film Dick Tracy) (Company);
  • “It’s Hot Up Here” (Sunday in the Park with George, 1984) (Company);
  • “The Ladies Who Lunch” (Company, 1970) (Carol Burnett);
  • “The Road You Didn’t Take” (Follies, 1971) (George Hearn);
  • “Live Alone and Like It” (1990 film Dick Tracy) (John Barrowman);
  • “More” (1990 film Dick Tracy) (Ruthie Henshall);
  • “There’s Always a Woman” (cut during tryout of Anyone Can Whistle, 1964) (Carol Burnett, Ruthie Henshall);
  • “Buddy’s Blues” (aka “The God-Why-Don’t-You-Love-Me Blues”) (Follies, 1971) (Bronson Pinchot);
  • “Good Thing Going” (Merrily We Roll Along, 1981) (George Hearn);
  • “Marry Me a Little” (cut during tryout of Company, 1970, but reinstated for many later productions) (John Barrowman);
  • “(Not) Getting Married Today” (Company, 1970) (Ruthie Henshall);
  • “Merrily We Roll Along” (Part Three) (Merrily We Roll Along, 1981) (Company);
  • “Being Alive” (Company, 1970) (Company);
  • “Like It Was” (Merrily We Roll Along, 1981) (Carol Burnett); Finale:
  • “Old Friends” (Merrily We Roll Along, 1981) (Company)
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