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High Tor

Stage musical [abandoned]
Adaptation of the play by Maxwell Anderson

Musical Numbers

  • High Tor
  • List a While, Lady

[No recordings known]

Mary Poppins

Stage musical [abandoned]
Adaptation of the stories by P. L. Travers

Musical Numbers

  • Ad
  • Miss Andrew
  • The Sun is Blue
  • Tea

[No recordings known]

Climb High

Stage musical (1953) [abandoned]

Musical Numbers

(according to Ken Bloom)

  • All Year Long
  • Climb High
  • Christabel
  • Nice Town
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein
  • School of Hard Knocks
  • Yoo Hoo, Hi There

Musical Numbers

(according to Stephen Banfield)

  • Advice
  • Bright Star
  • Chris and David I (Stars Give Light) [cut song]
  • Chris and David II (No Star of Night) [cut song]
  • Climb High
  • Cocktail Party [cut song]
  • Delta Iota Mu [cut song]
  • Have You Been Waiting Long
  • I Don't Want to Fall in Love With You
  • I'm in Love With a Boy
  • In a Year from Now
  • In the Tradition (Greek) [title of a proposed song; not written]
  • The Lay of a Gay Young Man
  • The New York Follies
  • Nice Town, But--
  • Not for Children
  • Party, Party
  • Pavement Pounding Sequence
  • A Song for Humming
  • This is Show Biz [cut song]
  • Waltz
  • When I Get Famous
  • Where Do I Belong
  • Yoo Hoo

Recordings

The Man with the Squeaky Shoes

Television spy mystery [unproduced]
Teleplay by Stephen Sondheim
Copyrighted April, 1953

The Clock

Stage musical (1953) [abandoned]
Based on the film of the same name

Musical Number

  • New York Song

Recordings

The Legendary Mizners

Stage musical (1953) [abandoned]
Based on the biography by Alva Johnston
[This was to later become the basis for Bounce (Wise Guys)]

Musical Number

  • Afternoon in Benicia

[No recordings known]

The Lady or the Tiger?

Television musical (1954) [abandoned]
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and Mary Rodgers
Based on the story by Frank Stockton

Musical Numbers

  • Another World
  • Crime Doesn't Pay
  • Fair Lady
  • Fanfare and Arena Sequence
  • I Wonder Why
  • I'm Above All That
  • King and Queen Sequence
  • Lovely Ladies
  • Opening

Recordings

I Believe In You

Television play (1956) [unproduced]
Written by Elaine Carrington
Song by Stephen Sondheim

Musical Number

  • They Ask Me Why I Believe in You

Recordings

The Last Resorts

Stage musical (1956) [abandoned]
Songs by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Jean Kerr

Musical Numbers

  • High Life [also known as On the River]
  • I Wouldn't Change a Thing
  • I've Known You All My Life [title of a proposed song; not written]
  • Pour Le Sport

Recordings

Ring Around the Moon

Stage musical (1957) [abandoned]
Adaptation of the play by Jean Anouilh

Musical Number

  • French Waltz

[No recordings known]

The Jet-Propelled Couch

Television musical (1958) [abandoned]
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Stanley Richards
Adaptation of the book by Robert Lindner

Musical Numbers

  • Doctor [title of a proposed song; not written]
  • Nobody Reads Books
  • Yes [music used for Salon at the Claridge #1 in Stavisky]

[No recordings known]

Happily Ever After

Television musical (1959) [abandoned]
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Joseph Stein

Musical Numbers

  • I Wouldn't Change a Thing

[No recordings known]

Do You Hear a Waltz?

Television musical (1960) [unproduced]
Based on the play Time of the Cuckoos by Arthur Laurents
[later developed as a stage musical with music by Richard Rodgers, retitled Do I Hear a Waltz?]

Musical Number

  • Do I Hear a Waltz?

Recordings

[Note: first performed in the 1998 Los Angeles production of Putting It Together and the subsequent Broadway production]

The Exception and the Rule

[At various stages of development also known as The Race to Urga and A Pray by Blecht]

Stage musical (1968) [unproduced]
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Guare
Based on The Exception and the Rule by Bertolt Brecht
Produced by Stuart Ostrow
Directed by Jerome Robbins

Musical Numbers

  • Prologue March [music used in Bernstein's Mass]
  • Race Through the Desert (I Have Got to Get There in Seven Days Flat)
  • Han
  • They Got This Little Secret
  • Suspicion Song
  • The Coolie's Dilemma [lyrics by Jerry Leiber]
  • In There [aka Get Your Ass In There]
  • Coolie's Prayer

According to some sources, these songs had lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  He says these are titles only, the songs having never been written.

  • Urga
  • Give Me the Open Air
  • Merchants' March
  • Merchants' March [Frantic]
  • Take Break Blues
  • Greek Dances
  • Folk Dances
  • The Trial

According to some sources, these songs had music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  He says these are titles only, the songs having never been written.

  • Don't Give It a Thought
  • The Year of the...

[No recordings known]

The Thing of It Is...

Film (1969) [unproduced]
Screenplay by William Goldman, based on his 1967 novel
Song by Stephen Sondheim

Recordings

Singing Out Loud

Film musical (1992) [unproduced]
Screenplay by William Goldman
Songs by Stephen Sondheim
[Rob Reiner was slated to be the film's director]

Musical Numbers

  • Dawn
  • Looks
  • Lunch
  • Sand
  • Singing Out Loud
  • Water Under the Bridge

Recordings

Publications

  • Water Under the Bridge
    Secaucus NJ: Warner Bros. Publications VS6208, 1993; 14 pp.

Muscle

One-act stage musical (1993) [abandoned]
Book by James Lapine, based on the memoir by Samuel Fussell

[Originally intended to run with Passion as an evening of two one-act musicals; as Passion developed Sondheim abandoned work on Muscle.  It was later developed by Lapine with music by William Finn and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh]

Into the Woods

Film musical (1996) [unproduced]
Film version of the original stage musical

[In October 1994, a reading of a script (written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel) was held at the home of director Penny Marshall.  The cast included Robin Williams (the Baker), Goldie Hawn (the Baker's Wife), Cher (the Witch), Steve Martin (the Wolf), Danny DeVito (the Giant), Elijah Wood (Jack), Roseanne (Jack's mother), Bebe Neuwirth (Cinderella's stepmother), Mayim Bialik (Little Red Riding Hood), Samantha Mathis (Rapunzel), Brendan Fraser (Rapunzel's prince), Moira Kelly (Cinderella), Kyle MacLachlan (Cinderella's prince) and Michael Jeter (Cinderella's father)]

Musical Numbers

(New songs only)
  • I Wish
  • Into the Woods

[No recordings known]


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Last modified on Sunday, October 05, 2008
Compiled by Michael H. Hutchins