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Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together: A Musical Review (2002)

Carol Burnett , George Hearn , Don Roy King , Eric D. Schaeffer  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carol Burnett, George Hearn, Ruthie Henshall, John Barrowman, Bronson Pinchot
  • Directors: Don Roy King, Eric D. Schaeffer
  • Producers: Bruce Brandwen, Cameron Mackintosh, David Caddick, Martin McCallum, Nicholas van Hoogstraten
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 12, 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IOM0S8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,292 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together: A Musical Review" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A humorous, poignant and sophisticated musical "review," Putting It Together is a thematic celebration of the stage and screen work of multiple Tony Award-winner Stephen Sondheim, the foremost theatrical composer/lyricist of our time. Featuring an award-winning ensemble cast headed by the incomparable Carol Burnett, Putting It Together weaves a lyrical story around the emotions and relationships of five guests attending a Manhattan cocktail party, studded with material from a number of Sondheim's original musicals and films including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, The Frogs, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, Dick Tracy, Into the Woods and Assassins.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars putting all there March 8, 2007
Format:DVD
Having watched this DVD only once all i can say is it has lived up to the expectations i was expecting .The tour de force of Sondheims music is fun and the numbers are well executed. The highlight for me was Carol Burnett and the hilarious performance of "Everyone needs a Maid" Only Carol could perform this number with a touch of mad humour.

I do recommend this dvd and I look forward to veiwing the disc again on a cold wet night with a bottle of wine and a good fire going in the wood burner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Show - but no DVD extras November 19, 2011
By Dara
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While my primary reason for purchasing was the show itself, I looked forward to the DVD extras mentioned in earlier reviews. I was disappointed to find the version I received (I ordered the more expensive option) has no extras, just the show itself. I still enjoyed watching five talented performers put their unique spin on Sondheim songs, but part of me wonders what I've missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small and intimate production...and it pays off! February 16, 2009
By ac
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I know what you might be thinking: "ANOTHER Sondheim revue/concert/performance?" There are only so many "fresh" and "new" versions of "Send in the Clowns" and "Being Alive" a person can take, even if you have stars like Bernadette Peters singing them...

Don't write this production off though. First, it does have a skeleton of a plot (although Pinchot himself admits in the opening number that "there's not an awful lot") which gives some structure to the show and lends to the emotion of several pieces. Carol Burnett and George Hearn play the rich, older couple and Ruthie Henshall and John Barrowman play the younger couple, with Bronson Pinchot acting as narrator/butler/any additional character who is needed. The plot involves the older couple finding themselves falling out of love with each other and the younger couple in the midst of falling in love with each other. All perform admirably, although for me Carol Burnett was the standout. Her performance is alternately devestating, cuttingly sarcastic, and hilariously hysterical.

Thankfully, the production also avoids trying to include all of Sondheim's "hits." Although you will find a version of "Being Alive" (as a quintet!) and "Getting Married Today" (done only as Carol Burnett can do it), you will also find several of Sondheim's more obscure songs (at least for me). Songs such as "Bang!" and "Unworthy of Your Love" are perhaps less well-known, but brilliant all the same, especially as performed by Ruthie Henshall and John Barrowman. It was also interesting for me to see how each one of Sondheim's songs is taken out of the context of its original show and worked into a brand new setting. A song like "Hello Little Girl" takes on an entirely different meaning when sung by an old man as opposed to an actual wolf...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd, but a bit disappointed June 22, 2011
By Ness
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I just received this dvd and I will first say that if you are Sondheim fan, you will probably like this.

I also have to admit that I am a bit disappointed. I had heard about the blooper with Carol Burnett's skirt and was really looking forward to seeing it as several reviews mentioned that it was on the dvd as an extra.

It wasn't.

Now, I don't know if it's because there are two different versions of this dvd on Amazon.com, one selling for $8.97 and one selling for $18.97 (or thereabouts) and the more expensive version is the one with the extras?

I will say that having the exact same reviews on both versions makes it impossible to tell for sure.

I love Carol Burnett and one of the reasons I picked up this dvd was that blooper...and now I kind of wish I hadn't since the blooper isn't there (and none of the other extras as well).

And that's why I knocked off a star. (It would have only been a 1/2 a star, but Amazon doesn't let you review like that.)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On the Whole, Not Equal To the Sum of Its Parts January 9, 2007
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Musical revues can be quite tricky. When a show celebrates the talents of a particular composer, having the material performed out of context is usually not a problem for the works of lesser composers. But in the case of Stephen Sondheim, it is very hard to appreciate the full force of his amazingly deft and intelligent lyrics (not to mention his subtle melodies) when the individual pieces are removed from the show for which they were written. I have seen, or at least heard, many, many musical revues of Mr. Sondheim's works. Sometimes they succeed brilliantly, but because of the high caliber of the material and intellectual connection with the source work, the producer and director of any musical revue of Sondheim must be very cautious. For these reasons, among others, I did not find this production of Putting It Together to be as completely satisfying as it should have been. And, as a Sondheim "purist", the first strike against this production was the fact that some of the lyrics were changed, which is always guaranteed to get me off on the wrong foot, at least, when dealing with Sondheim.

It has long been my considered opinion that, artistically, Mr. Sondheim can do no wrong. At his worst (if such a word could ever be applied to his output) he writes circles around every other Broadway composer of the 20th century. But, out of context, his material does not always come across, particularly his later works, which almost always require the accompaniment of the various subtle melodies that he intricately weaves throughout the course of any one show. Combining material from more than one Sondheim effort is risky, as his "voice" is never the same in any two successive theatre pieces, let alone five or ten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A dream musical !!!
Published 1 day ago by SPQR
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great music and a fun entertaining watch. Just like going to Broadway from the comfort pof home.
Published 2 months ago by M. M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Side by Side makes it perfect
Stephen Sondheim and Carol Burnett? What could be bad? This is a great, entertaining and nostalgic compilation of the best in musical comedy composition and performance. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rita C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
Excellent. Enjoyed it again and am glad to have it for many views. It's complicated and brilliantly swift moving

One of Carol Burnett's high points. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert G Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Sondheim. That's It. Sondheim!
Sondheim. Need I say more? Eh, I have to for this to post! I LOVE Steve's work. This creative musical revue is one of the newer incarnations of "Side By Side By Sondhem,"... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
I own the album from the 1994 version and I was (for some strange reason) surprised that this is NOT the same script or score. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
Oh my, if you are a Carol Burnett fan, this is for you. Really clever production. I enjoyed it tremendously. Well worth the price.
Published 19 months ago by N. Heidtman
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun!
I bought this for John Barrowman, but also expecting great things from Carol Burnett (obviously). I was not disappointed. Good show.
Published 23 months ago by Tracy Schneider
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Sondheim lovers
If you appreciate the work of Steven Sondheim this is a must add to your collection of his work. Strong cast, elegantly staged and a collection of some of his best work.
Published on April 19, 2011 by Marilyn P. Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Cast
The entire cast is memorable in this adaptation of Sondheim. John Barrowman is just incredible as is Carol Burnett. I remember this showing originally on HBO and liked it then. Read more
Published on March 31, 2011 by Dawgman
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