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It’s hard to surprise musical theater fans, who feel like they already know everything about legends of the industry like Stephen Sondheim. But for legit avids who sit down to watch the Dec. 9 premiere of HBO documentary “Six by Sondheim,” one thing about the film’s cornucopia of archival interview footage will likely prove instantly striking: So many talkshows!

The depth and variety of the footage (stretching back to the ’60s) give the impression that guests on vintage TV yakkers sat around having in-depth chats about musical theater all the time — as if it wouldn’t be uncommon these days to catch Andrew Lippa on “The View” and Jeanine Tesori on “Fallon.”

Maybe credit the overlap of Sondheim’s rise to prominence with the flourishing of the television age. But whatever the explanation, the filmmakers discovered they had a wealth of resources to tap as they assembled a look »

- Gordon Cox

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