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New Stephen Sondheim musical 'Here We Are' to premiere off Broadway

This new show, based on two films by Luis Buñuel, will play at The Shed and is the final musical Stephen Sondheim composed before his death in 2021.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

Here it is! The new Stephen Sondheim musical Here We Are will have its world premiere this September at The Shed, with exact dates to be announced.

Sondheim and book writer David Ives based Here We Are on two films by Luis Buñuel: 1972's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, about six middle-class urbanites whose dinner party is constantly interrupted, and 1962's The Exterminating Angel, about wealthy guests trapped at a dinner party of their own.

Sondheim and Ives's adaptation was originally called Square One, and various private workshops have taken place since news of the musical first broke in 2014.

Directing Here We Are off Broadway is Joe Mantello, a two-time Tony Award winner for Assassins and Take Me Out. He is also known for directing shows including Wicked, The Humans, and this spring's Grey House, a new play starring Laurie Metcalf.

Additional creative team and cast announcements for Here We Are have yet to come.

Here We Are is the final show Stephen Sondheim composed before his death in 2021. A string of Sondheim shows have appeared in New York since then: Company, Into the Woods, and the currently running Sweeney Todd on Broadway, and Assassins and Merrily We Roll Along off Broadway. The latter is transferring to Broadway this fall.

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