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Anatomy of a Song (1976)

Stephen Sondheim, composer-lyricist; John Weidman, writer; and Frank Rich, theater critic, in a close study of how one Broadway musical song came to be: "Someone in a Tree" from "Pacific ... See full summary »

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Stephen Sondheim, composer-lyricist; John Weidman, writer; and Frank Rich, theater critic, in a close study of how one Broadway musical song came to be: "Someone in a Tree" from "Pacific Overtures". Members of the Broadway cast join Sondheim in a performance of the number. Filmed in Sondheim's apartment in New York City. Members of the cast of "Pacific Overtures": Mako, James Dybas, Geddie Watanabe, Mark Hsu Syers. "It's my favorite song of anything I've written," Sondheim said. He demonstrates how he created the song, how the music tracks the libretto, gaining complexity and tension as the text becomes more urgent, how the song becomes a study of perceiving details in a seamless world. Written by Stephan Chodorov, writer

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28 March 1976 (USA)  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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Someone In A Tree
Sung by Mako, James Dybas, Mark Hsu Syers, Gedde Watanabe
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Giving credit where credit is due!
8 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

Stephan Chodorov is a talented writer who comes from a family of distinguished writers, but he did not write the television program "Anatomy of a Song." He did not produce it either. I did. My name is Stephen Paley and I am listed as "Producer" in the credits when the program was originally broadcast on CBS on Sunday, March 28, 1976. I was also cited as the producer in the New York Times review that was published March 26, 1976. As it happens, it was I who conceived the program with Frank Rich and Stephen Sondheim, and personally supervised the filming in Mr. Sondheim's town house and spent a week with the editor in the editing room. Mr. Chodorov was not involved in the production at all, except to tell me not to include Hal Prince in the broadcast when it was still in the planning stage, and yet he is credited by IMDb as the "Writer" and "Producer." For the sake of accuracy and fairness, would someone please make the correction. I tried, but could not because the IMDb computer would not let me!


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