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Attend the tale of a theater god

Furth and Sondheim Stephen Sondheim (shown in the photo with the late George Furth, his collaborator on Company and Merrily We Roll Along) is as close to a musical theater god as it gets.  Just ask the legion of younger composers who followed him, were influenced by him but rarely topped him as either composer or lyricist.

Sondheim makes a rare personal appearance in these parts (iif West Palm Beach qualifies as "these parts" for you) at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4.  He'll sit with Sean Flahaven, formerly of  The Sondheim Review, to discuss his prolific career, specific shows -- well, who knows what might come up?  Singer Kate Baldwin will break up the conversation with musical "illustrations" from the man who gave us Sweeney Todd, Assassins, Pacific Overtures, A Little Night Music and so much more.

A Conversation With Stephen Sondheim ihappens at the Alexander W.Dreyfoos Concert Hall at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.  Tickets range from $20 in the rear balcony (expect a very tiny Sondheim from that vantage point) to $110 for close-up premium seats.  Call 1-800-572-8471 or visit the Kravis Center web site.