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You're Gonna Love Tomorrow.

As a revue, this show has no actual plot, but songs were chosen with certain guidelines in mind. They would only use music for which Sondheim had written both words and music, and since this was put together in 1983, that meant from Saturday Night through Merrily We Roll Along.

They wanted to feature rare and lesser known songs, and in this aim were quite successful, using many lesser known and cut pieces from Saturday Night, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, and The Frogs. Six songs received their New York premiers with this concert: "Invocation and Instructions to the Audience", "Fear No More", "The House of Marcus Lycus", "There's Something About a War", "This is Nice, Isn't It?" and "What More Do I Need?". Lastly, they wanted to feature songs that reveal Sondheim's most romantic, most openhearted side, making this the least "cold" of the various Sondheim compilations.

During the evening, each song was introduced with a very brief narration by the cast members performing it, and these narrations form what "book" there is to the show. As a surprise finale, Angela Lansbury came out unannounced with "accompanist" Stephen Sondheim to sing "Send in the Clowns", and Sondheim himself sang the opening lines of "Old Friends", which closed the show. This concert version was packaged for rental as a revue under the title "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow". The cast recording of the original concert is still called "A Stephen Sondheim Evening", and was released on RCA. A CD version is rare, but available.

- June Abernathy

Show Data

Original Production Info:

Opened ................... March 3, 1983 
Closed ................. 
Ran ..................... 2 Performances 
Theatre .. Sotheby's Park Bernet Gallery
Music ................. Stephen Sondheim
Lyrics ................ Stephen Sondheim
Producer .................. Paul Lazarus
Director .................. Paul Lazarus
Musical Direction ....... Paul Gemignani
....................... Charles Schwartz
............................ Palmer Wald
Musical Supervision ......... Thomas Fay
Scenic Supervision ...... Keith Gonzales
Lighting Supervision ... Edward Matthews   
Alt. Title .. A Stephen Sondheim Evening

Original Cast:

Angela Lansbury
Liz Callaway
Cris Groenendaal
Bob Gunton
George Hearn
Steven Jacob
Judy Kaye
Victoria Mallory
Stephen Sondheim

Musical Numbers:

 1. Invocation & Instruction to the Audience
 2. Saturday Night
 3. Isn't It?
 4. Poems
 5. What More Do I Need?
 6. Another Hundred People
 7. With So Little to Be Sure Of
 8. Pretty Little Picture
 9. The House of Marcus Lycus
10. Echo Song
11. There's Something About a War
12. Fear No More
13. Being Alive
14. You're Gonna Love Tomorrow
15. Love Will See Us Through
16. The Miller's Son
17. Johanna
18. Not a Day Goes By
19. Someone in a Tree
20. Send in the Clowns
21. Old Friends                         


 1. Original Cast (2 LP), 1983
    (RCA, CBL2-4745)

 2. Original Cast (CD), 1994
    (RCA, 09026-61174-2)
 3. Original Cast (Tape), 1994 
    (RCA, 09026-61174-4)

Secondary performance rights handled by
Music Theatre International



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