The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 1, 2013

Stephen Sondheim visits Susquehanna University on Wednesday

The Daily Item

— SELINSGROVE — Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will visit Susquehanna University to discuss his work in an open forum held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Weber Chapel Auditorium.

In a career spanning nearly 60 years, Sondheim has written music and lyrics for a number of reknowned Broadway musicals, including “West Side Story” and “Sweeney Todd.” He won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1985 for the musical “Sunday in the Park with George,” and Academy Award for songs he wrote for “Dick Tracy” and Tony Awards for a number of works.

W. Douglas Powers, associate professor of theatre at Susquehanna University, will interview Sondheim on stage in a conversational style similar to that used on the Bravo cable channel’s “Inside the Actors Studio.”

Sondheim’s visit is sponsored by The Dr. Bruce L. Nary Theatre Guest Artist Fund, established in 2005 for the purpose of bringing to campus recognized professionals in the field of theatre. The goal of the program is to enhance the educational experience of students and others who may benefit from participating in seminars or attending presentations with the selected professionals.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for seating. Visit the campus box office or call 570-372-ARTS Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., for tickets.