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James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim have been linked together in the minds of theatergoers and fans of musicals since they first collaborated on the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Sunday in the Park With George,” for which Lapine wrote the book and directed. They went on to create “Into the Woods” and “Passion” together, and then Lapine crafted the loving revue “Sondheim on Sondheim” in 2010, in which an eclectic cast of singing actors transformed songs we thought we knew, interspersed with freshly filmed commentary from Sondheim. Now Lapine has returned to paying tribute to his friend and colleague with the HBO documentary “Six by Sondheim,” airing Dec. 9. Focused on six of his best-known songs (performed in sometimes unusual stagings by a cast that includes Darren Criss and America Ferrera), the doc captures both the magic and the skill inherent in any Sondheim song. We spoke to Lapine about how to pay fresh tribute »

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