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May 12, 2005

TT: This one's for you, Girl

I just received the Summer 2005 edition of The Sondheim Review (not yet on line), which contains an interview with Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and--surprise, surprise!--a self-confessed Stephen Sondheim fanatic. Says Whedon: "What Sondheim has to say is the most honest, perceptive expression of the human experience that I know."

Here's an excerpt:

Whedon's parents introduced him to Sondheim's musicals when he was a child, and he believes shows like Company and A Little Night Music were formative in the development of his creative vision, one that's "existential and bleak," though shot through with acts of devotion, courage and faith....

If childhood seems a strange time to be exposed to the bitterness and disappointment of early-'70s Sondheim, Whedon counters that it accurately reflected the family experience of his early years. "Sondheim wasn't someone you would go to if you wanted to be told that everything was perfect. Neither were my parents, for that matter--all concerned were greatly relieved when they got divorced. I told my therapist that I knew all of Follies by the age of nine; she said, 'We have our work cut out for us.'"

If you're really good, OGIC, I'll bring a copy of the magazine with me to Chicago next weekend....

Posted May 12, 2005 12:04 PM

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