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Stephen Sondheim’s final musical Here We Are to have world premiere this autumn 

The show is based on two films by Luis Buñuel 

Stephen Sondheim David Gordon

Huge news from New York – Stephen Sondheim’s final musical will have its world premiere in September 2023. 

In an exclusive interview with WhatsOnStage last December, Sondheim’s friend and collaborator Cameron Mackintosh said a large portion of the piece was already completed when Sondheim passed away in late 2021, but that the show wasn’t fully finished. 

It seems that it will now see its way to the stage. Titled Here We Are, the show was formerly known as Square One and features a book by Tony Award nominee David Ives. It is inspired by the two films – 1972 surrealist comedy The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and 1962 piece The Exterminating Angel by Luis Buñuel. The latter follows a group of wealthy guests at a dinner party who find themselves unable to leave the room, while the former follows a party of guests who attempt to eat despite being consistently interrupted by unexpected events. 

The show is to be directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, while the executive producers are Sue Wagner, John Johnson and Jillian Robbins.

The piece will be shown in a limited engagement from September 2023 in The Shed’s Griffin Theater. Ticket on-sale information and casting will be announced soon.

Mackintosh is producing the WhatsOnStage Award-winning Old Friends in the West End this autumn, with more details available below. 

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