Theater: Latecomer

After four decades, a Sondheim show debuts

At a time when Broadway's musical well has run so dry that recycled revues like It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues and Fosse compete for Tonys, it comes as a pleasant shock to realize that Stephen Sondheim has had an unproduced show in his trunk for more than 40 years. The young composer wrote Saturday Night in the mid-'50s, but a planned Broadway opening was scuttled when the producer died. It was mounted for the first time by a small company in London in 1997. Now Chicago's Pegasus Players has given the musical (with two new songs added by Sondheim) a...

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