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A Core Concept: Sondheim's "Company" and the New Musical

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2024-05-14 19:00:00 2024-05-14 20:00:00 America/New_York A Core Concept: Sondheim's "Company" and the New Musical Join us for a deep dive into musical theater history and the emergence of the "concept musical." Parma Heights Branch - Meeting Room A (58)

Tuesday, May 14
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2024-05-14 19:00:00 2024-05-14 20:00:00 America/New_York A Core Concept: Sondheim's "Company" and the New Musical Join us for a deep dive into musical theater history and the emergence of the "concept musical." Parma Heights Branch - Meeting Room A (58)

Parma Heights Branch

Meeting Room A (58)

Join us for a deep dive into musical theater history and the emergence of the "concept musical."

“Book musicals” were the norm during Broadway’s “Golden Age” (roughly 1943-64); in these shows, songs interweaved with dialogue to advance plot. But by the time Stephen Sondheim’s Company opened in 1970, a new generation of theater enthusiasts rejected the straightforward approach of book musicals. Instead, Sondheim was on the vanguard of artists creating the “concept musical”: a show that does not necessarily tell a story, but examines ideas and themes from the perspectives of various characters.

Company is one such concept musical offering debates about the merits of domestic partnership, attaining maturity and the necessity of friendship in many forms. In “A Core Concept,” we will discuss the themes central to Company and the commentary offered by each of Sondheim’s songs as characters sing their viewpoints. Sondheim’s musical meditations on marriage and relationships in modern New York City range from the bittersweet and vulnerable to the exhilarating, and we can learn a great deal about Sondheim – and ourselves – by listening to the contrasting viewpoints.

This program is in partnership with the Playhouse Square production of Company, which runs from April 30 through May 19 at the Connor Palace, and is part of the 2024 Cleveland Humanities Festival. Use the promo code LIBRARY to purchase discount tickets to see Company at Playhouse Square.

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Parma Heights Branch

[email protected]
Phone: 440.884.2313
Fax: 440.884.2713
Branch manager
Krista Tokarz

Hours
Mon, May 13 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, May 14 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, May 15 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, May 16 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, May 17 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, May 18 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, May 19 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

Known for its distinctive futurist look, the Parma Heights Branch is located on city-owned property near the Parma Heights Pool and Greenbriar Commons. Designed in the Googie style by John Lipaj, the branch opened to the public on June 17, 1963.

Upcoming events

Fri, May 17, All day
Pick up free supplies and instructions at the Parma Heights Branch to make a cute cactus craft!

Fri, May 17, All day
Teens are invited to stop by the Parma Heights Library for this month's Teen Book Box, a kit that provides a book and envelopes that enhance the reading experience. This is a take-home activity.

Fri, May 17, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Sat, May 18, All day
Pick up free supplies and instructions at the Parma Heights Branch to make a cute cactus craft!

Sat, May 18, All day
Teens are invited to stop by the Parma Heights Library for this month's Teen Book Box, a kit that provides a book and envelopes that enhance the reading experience. This is a take-home activity.

Sun, May 19, All day
Pick up free supplies and instructions at the Parma Heights Branch to make a cute cactus craft!

Sun, May 19, All day
Teens are invited to stop by the Parma Heights Library for this month's Teen Book Box, a kit that provides a book and envelopes that enhance the reading experience. This is a take-home activity.

Mon, May 20, All day
Pick up free supplies and instructions at the Parma Heights Branch to make a cute cactus craft!

Mon, May 20, All day
Teens are invited to stop by the Parma Heights Library for this month's Teen Book Box, a kit that provides a book and envelopes that enhance the reading experience. This is a take-home activity.

Mon, May 20, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, May 21, All day
Pick up free supplies and instructions at the Parma Heights Branch to make a cute cactus craft!

Tue, May 21, All day
Teens are invited to stop by the Parma Heights Library for this month's Teen Book Box, a kit that provides a book and envelopes that enhance the reading experience. This is a take-home activity.

Tue, May 21, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, May 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Dive into a cold case with journalist James Renner. Book sale & signing following presentation. Sponsored by The Friends of Parma Heights Branch Library.

Wed, May 22, All day
Pick up free supplies and instructions at the Parma Heights Branch to make a cute cactus craft!

Wed, May 22, All day
Teens are invited to stop by the Parma Heights Library for this month's Teen Book Box, a kit that provides a book and envelopes that enhance the reading experience. This is a take-home activity.

Wed, May 22, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, May 23, All day
Pick up free supplies and instructions at the Parma Heights Branch to make a cute cactus craft!

Thu, May 23, All day
Teens are invited to stop by the Parma Heights Library for this month's Teen Book Box, a kit that provides a book and envelopes that enhance the reading experience. This is a take-home activity.

Thu, May 23, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, May 24, All day
Pick up free supplies and instructions at the Parma Heights Branch to make a cute cactus craft!

Fri, May 24, All day
Teens are invited to stop by the Parma Heights Library for this month's Teen Book Box, a kit that provides a book and envelopes that enhance the reading experience. This is a take-home activity.

Fri, May 24, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Sat, May 25, All day
Pick up free supplies and instructions at the Parma Heights Branch to make a cute cactus craft!

Sat, May 25, All day
Teens are invited to stop by the Parma Heights Library for this month's Teen Book Box, a kit that provides a book and envelopes that enhance the reading experience. This is a take-home activity.

Sat, May 25, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room C (50)
Join us for a discussion of the Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osbourne and a themed activity. Please register each child individually.

Sun, May 26, All day
Pick up free supplies and instructions at the Parma Heights Branch to make a cute cactus craft!

Mon, May 27, All day
Pick up free supplies and instructions at the Parma Heights Branch to make a cute cactus craft!

Tue, May 28, All day
Pick up free supplies and instructions at the Parma Heights Branch to make a cute cactus craft!

Tue, May 28, All day
Teens are invited to stop by the Parma Heights Library for this month's Teen Book Box, a kit that provides a book and envelopes that enhance the reading experience. This is a take-home activity.

Wed, May 29, All day
Pick up free supplies and instructions at the Parma Heights Branch to make a cute cactus craft!

Wed, May 29, All day
Teens are invited to stop by the Parma Heights Library for this month's Teen Book Box, a kit that provides a book and envelopes that enhance the reading experience. This is a take-home activity.

Thu, May 30, All day
Pick up free supplies and instructions at the Parma Heights Branch to make a cute cactus craft!

Thu, May 30, All day
Teens are invited to stop by the Parma Heights Library for this month's Teen Book Box, a kit that provides a book and envelopes that enhance the reading experience. This is a take-home activity.

Fri, May 31, All day
Pick up free supplies and instructions at the Parma Heights Branch to make a cute cactus craft!

Fri, May 31, All day
Teens are invited to stop by the Parma Heights Library for this month's Teen Book Box, a kit that provides a book and envelopes that enhance the reading experience. This is a take-home activity.

Mon, Jun 03, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jun 03, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 04, 10:00am - 10:30am
Story Room (30)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Tue, Jun 04, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jun 04, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 04, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Story Room (30)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Wed, Jun 05, 10:00am - 10:30am
Story Room (30)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Wed, Jun 05, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jun 05, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 06, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Jun 06, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 06, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room C (50)
Do you love to video game? Join us as we playtest a new game each month.

Fri, Jun 07, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room C (50)
Kindergarten Club is for children entering kindergarten this fall who did not attend preschool, Head Start or a childcare center.
Registration is now closed

Fri, Jun 07, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Sat, Jun 08, 10:00am - 10:30am
Story Room (30)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Sat, Jun 08, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room C (50)
Learn how to weave a design with paracord.
Registration opens Monday, May 27 2024 at 9:00am

Mon, Jun 10, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jun 10, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 11, 10:00am - 10:30am
Story Room (30)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Tue, Jun 11, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jun 11, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 11, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Story Room (30)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Wed, Jun 12, 10:00am - 10:30am
Story Room (30)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Wed, Jun 12, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jun 12, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 12, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Meeting Room C (50)
Explore different design techniques using Perler beads.

Thu, Jun 13, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Jun 13, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Fri, Jun 14, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room A (58)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Sat, Jun 15, 10:00am - 10:30am
Story Room (30)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.