The center opened in December 2007 and is reported to be the first American theater named after playwright Stephen Sondheim. To celebrate the opening of the theater, West enlisted the talents of Broadway performers who had been original cast members from Stephen Sondheim musicals including Liz Callaway, Len Cariou and Richard Kind. They performed the Sondheim Center’s premiere production, A Little Sondheim Music, an original musical revue of the composer’s greatest hits. Sondheim granted the center grand rights to all of his works. Joining the all-star Broadway actors were the Encore Players touring company and an 18-piece orchestra.
In January 2008, Sondheim Center produced A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Richard Kind. In Feb. 2008, a new work called "Edges" was produced for one weekend. To close their spring season, Randal K. West directed a completely new vision of Godspell. It starred Ryan Gaffney as Jesus, Mason Davis and Judas, and Stephen Mark Crisp as an apostle singing "All Good Gifts" and "Beautiful City".
Since Randal K. West departure as head of the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, he has began producing works within the building under the company name of Way Off Broadway Inc. He had produced new works like "Open Heart", "Banjo Boy" and a reworked version of "Snoopy" as well as classics like "Annie" "Joseph..." "South Pacific".
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