2 Acts, Revue, Rated PG-13
Original Off-Broadway version
A riveting song cycle exploring the everyday struggles of love in the modern world.
A look into the private song vault of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire (Big; Starting Here, Starting Now; Baby), the song cycle Closer Than Ever is filled to the brim with the brilliance for which these musical theatre giants are known.
Closer Than Ever is a nonstop exploration of everyday struggles in the "modern world." Topics ranging from unrequited adoration... to aging... to Muzak are tackled with resounding sincerity and precisely placed hilarity. Each song is a unique story told by a new character taking audiences not only into the songbook of Mr. Maltby & Mr. Shire, but into the minds of the individuals facing these completely relatable challenges.
A superb choice for companies that have previously produced the work of Maltby & Shire, Closer Than Ever will inspire audiences to pause for self reflection whether presented as a fully realized production or a simple concert piece.
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Another one-act version of Passionella was written by Stephen Sondheim and directed by Mike Nichols four years before Mr. Nichols directed The Apple Tree.