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04/19/2007


What To Watch This Week on TV: Salute to Sondheim, 'Horror Story' Gives 'Head,' 'Downton' On Bravo, - VIDEO

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

—  The cast of Downton Abbey lets down their hair with host Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live Tuesday at 11 p.m. Eastern on Bravo. So if you ever wanted to see what it'd be like for Thomas Barrow (Rob James Collier), Tom Branson (Allen Leech), Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) and Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) to throw back one too many flirtinis, this is your chance. Sadly, the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) won't be there to lodge her disapproval.

More picks and clips, including a Horror Story mid-season finale to lose your head over and a celebration of Sondheim AFTER THE JUMP...

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Stephen Sondheim Revising the Musical 'Company' and Making Its Lead Character Gay

The New York Times reports that Stephen Sondheim is working with director John Tiffany on a new production of his 70's musical Company that would be centered around a gay man:

CompanyThe biggest change in this new “Company” would be the central character of Bobby. Whereas he has always been a straight man struggling with commitment issues and multiple girlfriends, he has been reconceived by Mr. Tiffany as a gay man with commitment issues and multiple boyfriends. And some characters have had gender reversals; the character of Joanne, who sings “The Ladies Who Lunch” and was originally played by Elaine Stritch on Broadway, is being played by the Tony winner Alan Cumming (“Cabaret”) in Mr. Tiffany’s reading of the work at Roundabout this week.

For years Mr. Sondheim and the musical’s book writer, George Furth, who died in 2008, batted back suggestions that Bobby was furtively intended to be a closeted gay man. But when Mr. Tiffany proposed actually making Bobby gay, Mr. Sondheim said in a telephone interview on Tuesday, the idea intrigued him.

The Roundabout is holding a performance for a private audience on Friday starring Daniel Evans as Bobby. Bobby Steggert and Michael Urie are in the cast. A decision on whether to move forward with the production will be made soon thereafter.


First Look: Meryl Streep as the Witch in 'Into the Woods'

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Meryl Streep shows off some talons in the first still from the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall.

Also starring: Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, and Emily Blunt.

Our Nathaniel Rogers has some thoughts on the still over at Film Experience.


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