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 Tony Awards.
Rich, a columnist at New York magazine who is...