Chagrin Falls theater prepares for 'Putting It Together'

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Chagrin Valley Little Theatre's spring musical, "Putting It Together," which opens on March 22 and runs weekends through April 20, combines songs from some of Stephen Sondheim's best scores into an unusual musical revue.

Sondheim uses "Putting It Together" to wrap his old songs in a new context. A Manhattan anniversary party serves as the setting, as a cast of five sing more than thirty songs that reflect their lives and loves. The show pulls together material from some of Sondheim's most beloved works, including "Sunday in the Park with George," "Assassins," "Company," "Merrily We Roll Along," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "A Little Night Music," "Sweeney Todd" and others.

Under the direction of Marc C. Howard and musical director D. Keith Stiver, the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre production features five talented newcomers to the CVLT stage; Laura Giterman and Thomas E. Love appear as a glamorous, somewhat jaded married couple, while Hope Caldwell and Derrick Winger appear as a younger and more starry-eyed pair. Brian Pichola plays observer and commentator as the party goers confront the joy and pain of marriage, infidelity and divorce through Sondheim's witty wordplay and timeless melodies.

"Putting It Together" plays Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., March 22 through April 20, with one Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on April 7. Tickets are $18 regular, $14 students and seniors. Tickets and information are available at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre's website at www.CVLT.org, or by phone at 440-247-8955 between 1 and 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Chagrin Valley Little Theatre is at 40 River Street in historic Chagrin Falls Village.

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