Stephen Sondheim has shared plans to open a new musical on Broadway.
The legendary composer revealed he is working with playwright David Ives on the piece, titled Square One.
In an appearance on US talk show The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Sondheim said he was hoping to bring the show to Broadway next season.
He explained: “I’ve been working on a show for a couple of years with a playwright named David Ives and it’s called ‘Square One’.
“And we had a reading of it last week and we were really encouraged, so we’re going to go ahead with it, and with any luck, we’ll get it on next season.”
Nathan Lane and Bernadette Peters were a part of the reading, with Lane saying in an interview with the TODAY Show this week: “I just did a reading of a new Sondheim musical. He’s 90 and he’s written this new musical … It was very exciting. Bernadette Peters and I. A whole group of wonderful people.”
For now further details on the piece are to be announced.
Meanwhile, Sondheim spoke about the upcoming transfer of the West End revival of Company to Broadway.
Following its Olivier Award-winning run in London, the new production will open at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre from 15 November.
“It’s a wonderful production and highly recommend it,” Sondheim said. “I don’t usually tout my own stuff but I urge everyone here to see it. You’re going to have such a wonderful time, its really one of the most entertaining evenings.”
And Sondheim also teased “surprises” from Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie adaptation of West Side Story, due for release in December.
He enthused: “It’s terrific. And for those who know the show there are going to be some real surprises in it. Tony Kushner who wrote the screenplay has done some really imaginative and surprising things with the way the songs are used in the story.
“The whole thing has real sparkle to it and energy. It feels fresh. Movie musicals are hard to do and Spielberg and Kushner really nailed it.”
Watch the full interview below…