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Jack Lemmon: The Face of Everyman; John Grisham; Stephen Sondheim: Master of the Modern Musical

Program Number: 20054RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014; 2/8/2015 - 2/13/2015; 3/8/2015 - 3/13/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Price starting at: $668.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

Activity Particulars

There is minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

10-19-2014, 2-8-2015, 3-8-2015

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Coordinated by Eckerd College.



Jack Lemmon: The Face of Everyman

Academy Award Winner Jack Lemmon effortlessly acted in comedies and drama as memorable characters in "Some Like It Hot," "The Apartment," "The Odd Couple," "The China Syndrome," etc. Celebrate his prolific life and works with lectures and filmclips.



John Grisham

The master of the modern legal thriller, Grisham is one of the world's best-selling novelists. Appreciate how he weaves powerful stories that keep us all reading and wanting more. Lectures, film clips and recorded interviews with the author.



Stephen Sondheim: Master of the Modern Musical

An appreciation of the father of the modern musical, from his early lyrics for Gypsy and West Side Story to his latest shows: "Assassins," "Passion" and "Bounce." Performance clips with Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Elaine Stritch and many others.




St. Petersburg (Florida)

Known as the “Sunshine City” with an average of 361 sunny days per year, “St. Pete” has 234 miles of shoreline and boasts 125 city parks, as well as one of America’s top-ranked beaches and the largest municipal arena in the southeast.



Accommodations
Waterfront hotel on Tampa Bay with two swimming pools, private beach, tennis courts and shuffleboard, bicycle rentals, fitness center.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Rick Kistner

Rick Kistner had two careers that could not have been more different. He spent 30 years in law enforcement as a police chief in cities in Ohio, Kansas, Connecticut and Florida. At the same time, his performing arts career landed him roles in over 100 stage productions, as well as in films, TV commercials and voice work. Rick has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Dayton, and studied acting under Richard Digby Day at the Eugene Oneill Theatre Center in Connecticut.
 
Hong Gu

Instructor of Chinese language at Eckerd College, Hong Gu was born and raised in Shanghai, China. Professor Gu has taught Chinese language, literature, history and English composition at Hamilton College, Northwestern University and Purdue University. Hong received his bachelor’s in English language and literature from East China Normal University, Shanghai, and his master’s in English language and literature from Southeast Missouri University and has done doctoral work at Purdue University.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
  St. Petersburg, Florida 5 nights
 Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Type: Hotel
  Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.
  Contact info: 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com
  Room amenities: Clock radio; coffe maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony
  Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shiffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Approximately 5:00pm. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove that night.
  End of Program:
1:00pm. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free and available close to the accommodations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg, Florida
  Nearest city or town:  Tampa/Clearwater
  Nearest highway: I-275
  Nearest airport:  Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-258-3826

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Website: www.supershuttle.com Reservations are recommended, but not necessary

 

To/From Magnuson Hotel

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Lines
phone: 727-898-1496

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Greyhound LInes 180 9th Street North St. Petersburg, Fl 33705 Taxi: United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

To/From Magnuson Hotel

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Train
Amtrak
phone: 813-221-7600
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Amtrak 601 N. Nebraska Avenue Tampa, Fl 33602 Taxi: Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
CAR RENTAL

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Tampa Airport Car Rental Avis:800-831-2847 Budget:800-527-0700 Dollar:800-800-4000 Hertz:800-736-8222 Thrifty:800-847-4389 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport Alamo:727-530-5491 Avis:727-530-5491 Budget:727-535-5263 Dollar:727-531-3557 Enterprise:727-524-1239 Hertz:727-531-3774

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Tampa Airport: Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 
Driving Directions
  North I-4 or I-75 south, merging onto I-275 (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  South I-75 north to I-275. Cross the Sunshine Skyway Bridge ($1.00 toll). Take exit 16, right onto Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your right.
  St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport Turn left onto Roosevelt Blvd. (686) as you exit the airport. Follow to Ulmerton Road. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  Tampa International Airport I-275 south (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
Elevation Note: Sea Level.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome and Orientation
(Sunday, October 19)
   
 Arrive To: CHECK IN: From 3:00 pm at the Magnuson Hotel front desk. REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, you will be directed to the meeting room to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing the up-to-date schedule that we will review during orientation. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AND SCHEDULED TIMES COULD CHANGE DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. ORIENTATION: 5:00 pm. Meet and greet everyone in an introductory get-acquainted session. We'll then review the updated schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, and emergency procedures and answer any questions you may have.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: The evening is yours to begin to know your fellow participants, walk around the hotel, unpack or relax.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Jack Lemmon Lectures / Bus excursion into St. Pete / Evening Activity
(Monday, October 20)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: LECTURE: Academy Award Winner Jack Lemmon effortlessly acted in comedies and drama as memorable characters in Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, The Odd Couple, The China Syndrome, etc. With our actor/instructor Rick Kistner, celebrate his prolific life and works with lectures and film clips. There will be a short refreshment break in mid-morning.
 Lunch: Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared for you by the hotel chef.
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Rick will continue his class by exploring the early years of Lemmon's career. EXCURSION: After class, board our motor coach for a "Welcome to the Neighborhood" tour of the local area.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Eckerd College Continuing Education Café. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts and beverages. Self-service format with trays.
 Evening: Evening activity or presentation. PLEASE NOTE THAT CLASS DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES MAY ALSO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE DUE TO AVAILABLITY OF SERVICES.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Jack Lemmon Lectures / Excursion /T'ai Chi Class
(Tuesday, October 21)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: LECTURES: Rick will continue his exploration of Lemmon's life with film clips, lecture and videos.
 Lunch: Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared for you by the hotel chef.
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Grisham was the master of the modern legal thriller, and is recognized as one of the world’s best-selling novelists. With our instructor Rick Kistner, appreciate how he weaves powerful stories that keep us all reading and wanting more. Lectures, film clips, and recorded interviews with the author. After class board the bus for an excursion to a local museum or attraction. ALL EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
 Dinner: Dinner at the Eckerd College CEC Café. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts and beverages. Self-service format with trays.
 Evening: Enjoy a T'ai Chi class with Eckerd College's own Professor Hong Gu.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: John Grisham Lectures / Evening Presentation
(Wednesday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: LECTURE: Rick will continue the Grisham class this morning with lecture and film clips. Take a short refreshment break in mid-morning.
 Lunch: Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared for you by the hotel chef.
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Rick's last lecture will wrap up the John Grisham class. Take a short refreshment break and then learn a little about our city with our "Meet St. Pete" presentation. This will give you some ideas as to how you would like to spend your time downtown later in the week. Spend the remainder of the afternoon enjoying the hotel's amenities
 Dinner: Dinner at the Eckerd College CEC Café.The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts and beverages. Self-service format with trays.
 Evening: EVENING ACTIVITY OR PRESENTATION
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Stephen Sondheim Lectures/Time on Your Own in Downtown St. Petersburg/Evening of Musical Entertainment
(Thursday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: LECTURE: Director/ Choreographer/Lyricist and Instructor Jason Fortner will help you enjoy an appreciation of Stephen Sondheim, father of the modern musical, from his early lyrics for Gypsy and West Side Story to his latest shows: Assassins, Passion and Bounce. Performance clips with Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Elaine Stritch and many others. Time for a short refreshment break mid morning.
 Lunch: Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared for you by the hotel chef.
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon on your own. Transportation provided to the waterfront area in downtown St. Petersburg. Take what you learned earlier in the week to enjoy the many things there are to do within walking distance or local trolley ride: Museums, shops, movies, galleries, etc.
 Dinner: Special dinner in the Flamingo Room on campus.
 Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: Jason Fortner switches gears this evening and offers an evening of musical entertainment for you. Enjoy a glass of wine as you say goodbye to old friends and new.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Steven Sondheim Lectures
(Friday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: Jason will finish the morning with classes on Stephen Sondheim. There will be a short refreshment break mid-morning.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel. Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared for you by the hotel chef. Program concludes with lunch today. Thank you for choosing Eckerd College and the Magnuson Hotel for your Road Scholar experience. Hope you enjoyed the week and will come back to see us again soon. Have a safe journey to your next destination.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  St. Petersburg, Florida Beach Drive & Downtown Waterfront
St. Petersburg's landmark Pier anchors a downtown shopping, dining and entertainment district that includes outdoor cafes and restaurants, world class museums and a dazzling array of shops, galleries, businesses, hotels and bed & breakfasts that line the city’s pedestrian-friendly streets. A continuous string of green parks winds along the seven-mile waterfront that is home to many special events and festivals each year. Enjoy a stroll along Downtown St. Pete's Beach Drive featuring unique shops, world-class museums and galleries as well as amazing dining options for every taste and budget. Just across from Beach Drive you will find beautiful city parks and St. Pete's fabulous waterfront. To top things off, a horse drawn carriage ride in the evening will make your visit to Beach Drive a memorable experience and you will definitely be looking forward to your next visit to our city.
  Museum of Fine Arts
From a legendary permanent collection, to fascinating traveling exhibits, to exciting events in the heart of downtown’s scenic waterfront, the MFA is ready to inspire you with diverse and ever-changing opportunities to experience art. Discover 4,500 years of civilization in thousands of objects extending from antiquity to present – the only comprehensive art collection of its kind on Florida’s west coast. Highlights include masterpieces from Monet, Cézanne, Renoir and others, a sculpture garden, a Steuben glass gallery and one of Florida’s most respected photography collections.The original wing of the museum was designed by architect John Volk. According to Volk, “a museum should give a feeling of permanence and that is what I have tried to do with this building.” But this beautiful Palladian building is not intimidating, it welcomes you inside both its exhibition galleries and intimate gardens and encourages you to stay, A recent two story addition, designed by Yann Weymouth, offers a spectacular entry space which provides beautiful views of the waterfront as well as a breathtaking introduction to the museum’s fine collections. A café offers delicious food in that lovely space. HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon – Sat: 10 am - 5 pm; Thurs: 10 am - 8 pm; Sun: Noon - 5 pm. For additional information, visit www.fine-arts.org
  Salvador Dali Museum
The Dali Museum Collection is rich in works from artist Salvador Dali's entire career (1904-1989), with key works from every moment and in every medium of his artistic activity. The Collection includes 96 oil paintings, many original drawings, bookworks, prints, sculpture, photos, manuscripts, and an extensive archive of documents. Founded with the works collected by Reynolds and Eleanor Morse, the Museum has made significant additions to its collection. The third floor galleries in the Tom and Mary James Wing provide a chronological gathering of Dali's paintings. The small salons along the outer walls are illuminated by special skylights and display the large paintings over which Dali labored in the last decades of his career. The Hough Family Wing provides visitors a chance to see other aspects of the artist's work, featuring his films, photographs, objects and works on paper. The distinguished building, which opened on Jan. 11, 2011, enables the Museum to protect and display our collection, to welcome our public, and to educate and promote enjoyment. In a larger sense it is a place of beauty dedicated, as is Dali's art, to understanding and transformation. HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon, Tues, Wed: 10:00am - 5:30pm; Thurs: 10:00am - 8pm; Fri & Sat: 10:00am - 5:30pm; Sun: 12 noon - 5:30pm For additional information, visit www.thedali.org
  St. Pete Beach
Nestled on Long Key, St. Pete Beach offers accommodations ranging from world-renowned resort to mom-and-pop motels, to quaint bed and breakfasts. Upham Beach, located on the northern tip of St. Pete Beach, is one of the few spots along the Gulf of Mexico known for surfing. St. Pete Beach was originally made up of four areas: Pass-A-Grille Beach, Don CeSar Place, Belle Vista Beach and St. Petersburg Beach. In 1957, the four communities merged into the City of St. Petersburg Beach. Later the City voted to shorten its name to St. Pete Beach. Voted number 1 Beach in the U.S. and number 5 in the world in 2012, St. Pete Beach has so many activities that you may never leave the island! Spend the day shopping on historic Corey Avenue, dine at a waterfront restaurant, or spend the day skim boarding. No visit would be complete without visiting the Don CeSar Beach Resort. Built during the Jazz Age, the Don has hosted many famous celebrities and has been a beacon of the beach for more than 80 years. For additional information, visit http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com
  St. Petersburg Museum of History
Have a fun filled day at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, located on the approach to the Pier in downtown St. Petersburg. Enjoy breathtaking views of the marina and downtown St. Petersburg where people also enjoy fishing, dining, shopping, and events. Founded in 1920, Pinellas County’s oldest museum tells the story of St. Petersburg from its beginnings as the home for the Tocobaga tribe through the age of of Spanish explorations to the arrival of the Orange Belt Railway, to the vibrant present. Learn that St. Petersburg was the site of the world’s first regularly scheduled airline flight on January 1, 201 in the special Flight One gallery. It features a full-size working replica of the Benoist Airboat which propelled pilot Tony Jannus into aviation history. Next enjoy Shrader’s Little Cooperstown. The exhibit – made up of more than 4,600 baseballs, documents, story boards and video screens – connects America’s national pastime with historical events from the region and around the world. Stories and artifacts of baseball legends like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and Joe DiMaggio as well as leagues such as the Women’s Professional Baseball League and the Negro Leagues, take visitors on a journey through America’s and St. Petersburg’s rich history. In addition to these permanent exhibits, the museum hosts temporary exhibits which provide interesting glimpses of the area’s rich history. HOURS OF OPERATION: Tue – Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sunday : 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Closed Mondays For additional information, visit http://www.spmoh.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Twist of Lemmon: A Tribute to My Father


Author: Lemmon, Chris


Description: First time in paperback, a very personal portrait of an actor audiences loved, written by his actor son. Jack Lemmon (1925-2001) was one of our most beloved movie stars, a two-time Academy Award winner for Mister Roberts and Save the Tiger. In A Twist of Lemmon, Chris Lemmon shares family tales, intimate father-son conversations, and anecdotes from and about his dad. Joining Chris are first-person tributes from Blake Edwards, Andy Garcia, Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis, Neil Simon, Shirley MacLaine, and Cliff Robertson, among others.



Ford County: Stories


Author: Grisham, John


Description: New York Times bestselling author John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill. This riveting collection of short stories features an unforgettable cast of characters: Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons embark on a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit Inez’s youngest son, Raymond—on death row. A hard-drinking, low-grossing divorce lawyer fed up with his wife, his life, and the law plans a drastic escape after an unexpected phone call. A quiet, unassuming data collector sets out to bring down a flashy casino owner with his skill at blackjack—as payback for the theft of his wife. A stalker hunts victims in a retirement home, a lawyer confronts a vengeful adversary from the past, and a young man from a prominent family is driven off by scandal and fear—but finds unexpected redemption on the wrong side of the tracks. Often hilarious, frequently moving, and always entertaining, this collection makes it abundantly clear why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.



Sondheim on Music: Minor Details and Major Decisions


Author: Horowitz, Mark Eden


Description: Steven Sondheim was an important composer and lyricist of musical theater in the second half of the 20th century. Celebrating his 80th birthday, this new edition of Sondheim on Music finds him in these guided interviews expounding in great depth and detail on his craft. As a natural teacher, thoughtful and opinionated, Sondheim discusses the art of musical composition, lyric writing, the collaborative process of musical theater, and how he thinks about his own work. Where the first edition focused particularly on six shows—Passion, Assassins, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, and Pacific Overtures—this second edition presents a new chapter that discusses Sondheim's entire career. Several shows that were not discussed previously are explored here, including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Merrily We Roll Along, Company, Follies, Anyone Can Whistle, and A Little Night Music, as well as thoughts about the recent film adaptation of Sweeney Todd. The book also features an entire chapter on Bounce: the previous incarnation of his latest musical, Road Show. In addition to Sondheim's list of "Songs I Wish I'd Written," the songlisting and discography has been greatly expanded and updated to include all works composed and recorded over the last six years.



Stephen Sondheim: A Life


Author: Secrest, Meryle


Description: In the first full-scale life of the most important composer-lyricist at work in musical theatre today, Meryle Secrest, the biographer of Frank Lloyd Wright and Leonard Bernstein, draws on her extended conversations with Stephen Sondheim as well as on her interviews with his friends, family, collaborators, and lovers to bring us not only the artist--as a master of modernist compositional style--but also the private man. Beginning with his early childhood on New York's prosperous Upper West Side, Secrest describes how Sondheim was taught to play the piano by his father, a successful dress manufacturer and amateur musician. She writes about Sondheim's early ambition to become a concert pianist, about the effect on him of his parents' divorce when he was ten, about his years in military and private schools. She writes about his feelings of loneliness and abandonment, about the refuge he found in the home of Oscar and Dorothy Hammerstein, and his determination to become just like Oscar. Secrest describes the years when Sondheim was struggling to gain a foothold in the theatre, his attempts at scriptwriting (in his early twenties in Rome on the set of Beat the Devil with Bogart and Huston, and later in Hollywood as a co-writer with George Oppenheimer for the TV series Topper), living the Hollywood life. We see Sondheim at work with composers, producers, directors, co-writers, actors, the greats of his time and ours, among them Leonard Bernstein, Ethel Merman, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Robbins, Zero Mostel, Bernadette Peters, and Lee Remick (with whom it was said he was in love, and she with him), as Secrest vividly re-creates the energy, the passion, the despair, the excitement, the genius, that went into the making of show after Sondheim show.





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