LEXINGTON, KY (September 13, 2019) --- The Lexington Theatre Company collaborates with James Beard Award Nominee, Chef Ouita Michel for an evening of culinary and theatrical storytelling. On November 8-9 at Fasig-Tipton, The Lex will present Sondheim on Sondheim, a collection of the music of one of Broadway’s greatest composer/lyricists. Chef Ouita Michel will create a three-course dinner, based on her interpretation of Sondheim’s work, using his music and lyrics as inspiration and reflecting on her creative journey as a culinary artist. It’s a perfect pairing of fine dining and fantastic theatre, with performances by “Today’s Broadway Stars and Tomorrow’s Broadway Hopefuls.” SCRIPT TO TABLE is sponsored by VisitLex, Fasig-Tipton and Holly Hill Events. Additional Sponsors are Castle & Key Distillery, Michter’s Distillery and West Sixth Brewing.
“We are beyond excited to offer this unique, theatrical dining experience,” says Lyndy Franklin Smith, Artistic Director of The Lexington Theatre Company. “I have been a long-time fan of Ouita’s work. She is a storyteller through and through. Our mediums are different, but our goals are the same – crafting something soul-filling and inspiring while giving back to our community.”
“Music is inspiring and it’s so wonderful to be learning something new about the genius of Stephen Sondheim,” says Chef Ouita Michel. “Collaboration changes the way I see food and cooking. It enriches and deepens my creative experience and helps me to see how cooking can contribute to our community's culture.”
Sondheim on Sondheim is a concert-style revue of the cumulative work of Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Winner of eight Tony Awards and eight Grammy Awards, Sondheim’s projects include Into The Woods, Gypsy, West Side Story, Company, Sunday in the Park with Georgeand many more. Throughout the revue, he narrates the material by video, commenting on his artistic journey and the meaning behind his work. The revue will feature eight actors, who reflect The Lex’s mission of combining talent from Broadway and the Bluegrass, as well as rising stars from top collegiate musical theatre programs. The seven-piece band will be led by Lex Resident Music Director, Brock Terry. Lyndy Franklin Smith will direct. Full Casting will be announced soon.
In his book Finishing The Hat, Sondheim compares his art to the culinary arts. “…I read cooking columns with intense and explicit interest,” he writes. “The technical details echo those which challenge a songwriter: timing balance, form, surface versus substance, and all the rest of it….Choices, decisions and mistakes in every attempt to make something there that wasn’t there before are essentially the same, and exploring one set of them, I like to believe may cast light on another.”
“We are looking forward to exploring just what Sondheim describes in his book,” says Smith. “We are excited to pair these two artists, hear about their journeys and artistic decisions, and best of all, enjoy the fruits of their labors in a fabulous evening of food, drink, music and storytelling.”
SCRIPT TO TABLE will have two seatings – Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, at Fasig-Tipton. The evening begins with cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres at 5:30pm. A signature cocktail featuring spirits from Castle & Key Distillery will start off the evening, and Michter’s Distillery will offer tastings. Dinner begins at 6:00pm, with a three-course meal crafted by Chef Ouita Michel and paired with a wine selection or West Sixth Craft Beer. Sondheim on Sondheim begins at 7:00pm, led by stars from Broadway and featuring alums of summer productions at The Lex. Tables of 8, with reserved priority seating are $1200. General Admission Single Tickets are $150 (no reserved seating for single tickets). Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.com.
Contact: Lyndy Franklin Smith, Artistic Director, The Lexington Theatre Company