“Art Isn’t Easy”
Directed by John Zimmerman
Forte’s first production was evening of songs featuring lyrics and music by the legendary Stephen Sondheim which ran January 31st and February 1st, 2014. “Art Isn’t Easy” featured John Zimmerman, Jim Petro, Meera Mohan, Nicole Spadafino, and musical director Peter DeMets for an evening that was a memorable beginning for this new company.
In Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece Sunday in the Park With George, the patrons and creators of art opine that “Art isn’t easy.” They are, of course, referring to the difficulty of finding financing and managing collaborations in the world of professional visual arts, but the sentiment is true for artists in community theater as well. Just creating a group and getting your first production up and running is no easy task and that’s precisely why Forté Dramatic Productions have chosen Mr. Sondheim and his notoriously challenging music as their first project.
For Art Isn’t Easy: A Sondheim Revue, the group’s first production, Forté has chosen to celebrate the lesser known works of the legendary lyricist/composer, eschewing standards like “Send in the Clowns” and “Being Alive” in favor of seldom heard numbers such as “Poems” and “Take Me to the World.” If those names aren’t ones you are familiar with, have no fears says Zimmerman, who also serves as director and performer for the concert, “These songs are as brilliant and beautiful as Sondheim’s most popular and familiar tunes. Peter de Mets and I are huge fans of Mr. Sonhdeim’s works and want to explore selections that are often overlooked, especially duets and group numbers that get left out of revues in favor of solos and more familiar pieces.”