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

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2024-04-27 14:00:00 2024-04-27 15:00:00 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." North Olmsted Branch - Large Meeting Room (100)

Saturday, April 27
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Add to Calendar 2024-04-27 14:00:00 2024-04-27 15:00:00 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." North Olmsted Branch - Large Meeting Room (100)

North Olmsted Branch

Large Meeting Room (100)

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 Playhouse Square’s production of Company, which runs from April 30 through May 19 at the Connor Palace. See all the programs in our Company series on our events calendar.


This program is in partnership with the Playhouse Square production of Company and 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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North Olmsted Branch

[email protected]
Phone: 440.777.6211
Fax: 440.777.4312
Branch manager
Shayna Muckerheide

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

In 1829, Charles Hyde Olmsted promised to donate 500 books from his father’s collection if the residents agreed to change the name of their town from Lenox to Olmsted. They did and the books traveled by oxcart and were housed in individual residents’ homes while being circulated. The “Oxcart Library” is thought to be the first circulating public library in the Western Reserve.

This branch is a Student Success Center and a Greater Cleveland Food Bank Kids Café location.

Upcoming events

Fri, May 17, 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Sat, May 18, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Have you seen a drone program and been excited until you saw it was for teens? Here's your chance! Learn how to fly and safely operate drone aircraft in this beginner's program.
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Tue, May 21, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room (Basement) (90)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Tue, May 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Enjoy a performance from the Five Lakes Chinese Music Ensemble and experience the beauty of this style dating back thousands of years.

Thu, May 23, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room (Basement) (90)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Fri, May 24, 10:30am - 3:30pm
Meeting Room (Basement) (90)
Donate blood today. For more information or to make an appointment visit www.redcrossblood.org or call the American Red Cross at 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).

Fri, May 24, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Start off summer fun at the library with a scavenger hunt and toys!

Fri, May 24, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Story Room (100)
Play is essential! Stop by our playroom for an hour of unstructured sensory play for babies and toddlers!

Sat, May 25, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Story Room (100)
Listen to stories featuring sunflowers, and then plant your own sunflower seeds to take home & watch grow.

Tue, May 28, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room (Basement) (90)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Thu, May 30, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room (Basement) (90)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Sat, Jun 01, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Join us the 1st Saturday of the month for a craft project. Instruction and supplies provided or bring a project from home.
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Mon, Jun 03, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 03, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jun 03, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Learn about this legendary chaotic night in Cleveland Stadium and the circumstances surrounding what was meant to be a normal baseball game.

Tue, Jun 04, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room (Basement) (90)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Tue, Jun 04, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 04, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Get up close and personal with native Ohio Wildlife in this live animal program from Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.
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Tue, Jun 04, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jun 05, 10:00am - 10:30am
Story Room (100)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Wed, Jun 05, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 05, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Jun 06, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room (Basement) (90)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Thu, Jun 06, 10:00am - 10:20am
Story Room (100)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jun 06, 11:00am - 11:20am
Story Room (100)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jun 06, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 06, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Jun 07, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Join us at the Great Northern Mall Book Nook for stories, songs, fingerplays, music and movement!

Fri, Jun 07, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Book Nook & Community Room
Join us at the Great Northern Mall Book Nook for stories, songs, fingerplays, music and movement!

Fri, Jun 07, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Sat, Jun 08, 10:30am - 11:30am
Story Room (100)
Join us for Storytime and then stay to play with new friends!

Mon, Jun 10, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 10, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jun 10, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Over the course of 4 evenings, learn to storyboard, film, and edit a short film.

Mon, Jun 10, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Speed Friending is a low key social event designed to help adults make new friends. Part of the North Olmsted Grownup Summer Camp series.

Tue, Jun 11, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room (Basement) (90)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Tue, Jun 11, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Large Meeting Room (100),Story Room (100)
Kindergarten Club is for children entering kindergarten this fall who did not attend preschool, Head Start or a childcare center.
This event is full

Tue, Jun 11, 11:00am - 7:00pm
Call us at 216.749.9420 to make an appointment with one of our Digital Navigators at a CCPL branch.

Tue, Jun 11, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 11, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jun 11, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Over the course of 4 evenings, learn to storyboard, film, and edit a short film.

Wed, Jun 12, 10:00am - 10:30am
Story Room (100)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Wed, Jun 12, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Call us at 216.749.9420 to make an appointment with one of our Digital Navigators at a CCPL branch.

Wed, Jun 12, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 12, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
An interactive drum and drama presentation from Beck Center for the Arts

Wed, Jun 12, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jun 12, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Over the course of 4 evenings, learn to storyboard, film, and edit a short film.

Wed, Jun 12, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Explore how letter writing can improve brain health and ways to get you started. Part of the North Olmsted Grownup Summer Camp series.

Thu, Jun 13, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room (Basement) (90)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Thu, Jun 13, 10:00am - 10:20am
Story Room (100)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jun 13, 11:00am - 11:20am
Story Room (100)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jun 13, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 13, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Jun 13, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Over the course of 4 evenings, learn to storyboard, film, and edit a short film.

Fri, Jun 14, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Large Meeting Room (100)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Sat, Jun 15, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Call us at 216.749.9420 to make an appointment with one of our Digital Navigators at a CCPL branch.

Sat, Jun 15, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Small Meeting Room (16)
Do you like cozy mysteries? Are you just dying to craft and chat about them? Clue into this book club where we suspect you will have a great time.