This past year has been incredibly difficult for so many, but in these past few weeks I’ve started assessing some of the smaller, more trivial aspects of my life that were altered. For instance, in my adult life, this is the longer period of time I’ve gone without seeing a show in a theatre. Plays, musicals, whatever—there are few things I enjoy more than getting out and seeing a live performance. While there were plenty of companies offering digital alternatives that I took advantage of, I was also aided by the vast number of scripts publishers have made available. So for this First Line Friday, I’m sharing the beginning stage directions from one of my favorite shows as a reminder that the curtain will rise once again—and fairly soon at that, with Broadway performances scheduled to start later this year.
The theatre curtain is an old asbestos fire curtain, covered with dust, unused for years. There is the sound of soft tympani, like thunder from a long time ago. Slowly the curtain starts to rise.
Book: James Goldman
Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
Publication Date: October 11, 2011
Note: First Line Fridays is a feature hosted by Hoarding Books. Be sure to check out their weekly post to find other participants and some great first lines.