Guild fetes Bock, Finn, Wright
NEW YORK — In the movies, it was Garbo talks! In the theater, it’s Sondheim sings!
Monday night’s Dramatists Guild benefit was one for the history books: Stephen Sondheim took to the Hudson Theater stage to sing a couple of numbers that got cut from his 1962 tuner “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”
How’s his voice? Suffice to say, if you like Elaine Stritch, you’ll go for Sondheim, too.
Guild honors were awarded to Jerry Bock, William Finn and Doug Wright, author of “I Am My Own Wife.” “I’d like to thank all the theaters that produced my egregiously bad early plays,” Wright said.
The org’s lifetime achievement award went to the team who wrote “Chicago” and “Cabaret.” Fred Ebb joked, “John Kander is not very good-looking and he is tone-deaf, but I helped him.”
They just don’t say those things at the Oscars or the Tonys.