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Sunday, 1 May 2022

Celebrating the craft and creativity behind the late Stephen Sondheim’s productions including ‘Follies’ and ‘Company’, this blend of talks and performances was a tribute to the legacy of the composer and lyricist’s work. The Art of Making Art was staged in partnership with the Sondheim Society and was chaired by theatre critic Matt Wolf. It featured special guests Rosalie Craig, Julian Ovenden and Janie Dee, as well as students from National Youth Music Theatre.

Three of our members took part in an informal public masterclass with Janie Dee - Sophie Muringu, Laurie Jones and Lucy Carter. Here's what they thought of the experience:

SOPHIE MURINGU says: "Performing at the V&A museum and partnering with The Stephen Sondheim Society was such an honour and a pleasure. It was lovely to learn a bit about Sondheim and how he influenced so many lives and had such an impact on others. Singing Marry Me A Little for Janie Dee was so much fun, she was so kind and really was in her element. Her masterclass was so enlightening, it was such a pleasure working with her."

LAURIE JONES: "When I entered the V and A lecture theatre, the experience was already dazzling.  We soon met Janie Dee and ran through our song with the pianist (who will soon be MD for Into the Woods). When we performed our pieces to Janie and the watching audience.  There was no need to feel scared, only excited, because it was such a friendly and non-judging environment in such a lovely space! I was also given the chance to sing my song, "Not While I'm Around" from Sweeny Todd, with Janie in the cabaret!  This was an experience I will never forget and it has made me realise what a genius Sondheim really is."



Jeremy Walker CEO & Artistic Director


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