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ASU Herberger Mainstage Lyric Opera Theatre sponsored by The Harris presents a tribute to Stephen Sondheim

ASU Herberger Mainstage Lyric Opera Theatre presents Side by Side by Sondheim, Oct. 1-8, 2004.
Photo by Tim Trumble.
From Left to Right: Will Earl Spanheimer, Amanda Kuchinski, Robbie Hutson and Tori Sanchez.

Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

September 17, 2004

Tempe, Ariz. – A talented cast of 10 takes on Side by Side by Sondheim, a musical entertainment with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, along with music by Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers and Jule Styne.

Performances are Oct 1, 2, 3, 6 and 8 at 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Oct. 2 and 3. The venue is the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre located in the Music Building on the ASU Tempe campus, 40 E. Gammage Parkway. Single tickets range in price from $5 to $20. Call the Herberger College box office, 480-965-6447, or order online at

The sophistication, wit, insight, heart and genius of Broadway’s most innovative and influential artist is at the center of this tribute to composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Side by Side by Sondheim is brimming with well known tunes. “That is what is great about this show,” notes JoAnn Yeoman, director of the Lyric Opera Theatre production. “Everyone knows ‘Send in the Clowns’ and ‘Comedy Tonight.’” Both will be performed along with 27 other songs, including “Love is in the Air,” “Broadway Baby,” “You Could Drive a Person Crazy” and “You Gotta Get a Gimmick.”

The show ends with the stirring “I’m Still Here” sung by mezzo-soprano Judy May. A member of the voice faculty in the Herberger College School of Music at ASU since 1986, May performs throughout the U.S. and abroad and has appeared at Carnegie Hall with the Manhattan Philharmonic; been featured with The Phoenix Symphony, Sapporo Symphony (Japan), Central Wisconsin Symphony and the Aspen Chamber Symphony; and performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival. A versatile interpreter of modern music, May has several world premieres to her credit, including Spiral II by Chinery Ung in Japan and Dream Sequence by Arthur Weisberg.

The Oct. 3 performance at 2 p.m. will be signed. A pre-performance lecture on the musical will be held at 1 p.m.

The ASU Herberger Mainstage Lyric Opera Theatre 2004-2005 season is supported by The Harris, "Leaders in wealth management since 1882." The Harris is the first-ever corporate sponsor of the Mainstage Lyric Opera Theatre.

The Harris is a long-time supporter of arts in the community and has used its offices to showcase works by local artists. This is its first opportunity to extend that support to the Lyric Opera Theatre and to recognize the exceptional performances staged by the Herberger College School of Music’s Music Theatre/Opera program. 

Media Contact:
Mica Matsoff
(480) 965-0478