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Frank Rich, James Lapine bring keen, fresh eye to HBO's 'Sondheim'
Frank Rich, James Lapine bring keen, fresh eye to HBO's 'Sondheim'

Executive producer Frank Rich says Stephen Sondheim made just one demand before he gave his blessing to the film “Six by Sondheim,” which premieres Monday night at 9 on HBO. “Just don’t do the same old, same old,” Rich quotes the composer-lyricist as saying when the project was proposed to him. True to the pledge, there is nothing “same old, same old” about this take on a man whose talents — from the lyrics of “West Side Story” to a song like “Send in the Clowns” — embody the last half-century of American musical theater. The 83-year-old Sondheim has been honored with a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar and multiple...

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