Sondheim teaches 'Not Getting Married' from Company



was meant to join too today is for Amy I give you one second a David address that to her address that to her so you have somebody to play with no no you use your your fixed on on on the congregation your fixed with hysteria on the con Gatien that he's just trying to make congri shion's in your head but he is saying Ah you're terrific today's for you this is the you is what I want again I wanted to get that feel once more Houston you started a me I give you the rest of my night to cherish and to keep don't wanna your me my happily soon-to-be wife pardon me is everybody here because if everybody's here I want to thank you all for coming to the wedding I appreciate you going in form and you must have lots of better things that they were not a word of its formal before you know the man I didn't marry but I'm not because I wouldn't ruin anyone is fundable Aziz thank you all for the gift to the flowers thank you although it's back to the showers Don't Tell Paul but I'm not getting married today oh joy hold on one second let's get some color into the word dead they're dead dead ah who sinks down and feels dead I mean let's quit push it in push it in but she's hearing you in her head and what you're saying is darling it's worse than you think it's going to be much worse than we've done it okay so you're emphasizing her insanity so really push it out or really push it out very pure but push it out once more do your little ones like now if you'll take a pause before the word tragedy it'll help but take a little catch breath before the word tragedy so that it will it will a contrast with the word pinnacle which is the in the first section bless this day tragedy of life as opposed to bless this day tragedy you can give it so you say isolate the word a little bit listen everybody look I don't know what you're waiting for a wedding what's wedding it's a prehistoric ritual where everybody promises with melody forever would you lady no sorry now what you want maybe just that I would know we're not staging this but what you might do just before you start that might take a little step for it and take them into your confidence so that he doesn't hear you and she she doesn't hear you say listen it's it's going co-ed take Dominion on me exactly exactly let's just take the end of end of your little section there other leg give the leery parts extend the heart sinks down and feels dead listen everybody look at Dona what you waiting for a wedding what's wedding it's a free storage where everybody promises fidelity forever which is maybe the most horrifying word I ever heard which is what you should find so funds but I'm not getting married don't have lunch with them right getting married your big crime but I'm not getting married don't just stand there about getting married don't tell Pole but I'm not getting married today go can't you go why is nobody listening goodbye go and try another person's wake if you're quick or a geek you can pick up a christening but please on my knees there's a human do you want to see I'm not well so I'm not getting married you ritual with a lot getting nerds their altars I'm not getting married thank you all but I'm not getting hurt don't tell Oh Oh Stu neither up one second must make very careful pronunciation whenever you come across the word oh you are our don't say don't say our is in our heart our hearts so so so we understand Willie is okay that was that was exactly right let's go right ahead as it's just take the last phrase there Stuart in the I'm not getting married say I'm not getting married I'm not getting married getting married later we're already married one of the next really good thank you

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  1. The girl playing Amy is called Jane Whittenshaw, not Jane Shaw. She seems to be an audiobook and voiceover person. She's English.

  2. JENNY: Bless this day,
    Pinnacle of life
    Husband joined to wife
    The heart leaps up to behold
    This golden day.

    PAUL: Today is for Amy
    Amy, I give you the rest of my life
    To cherish and to keep you
    To honor you forever
    Today is for Amy,
    My, happily, soon-to-be wife.

    AMY: Pardon me, is everybody here?
    Because if everybody's here,
    I'd like to thank you all
    For coming to the wedding.
    I'd appreciate you going even more,
    I mean, you must have lots of better things to do,
    And not a word of it to Paul
    Remember Paul? You know, the man I'm going to marry
    But I'm not, because I wouldn't ruin anything
    As wonderful as he is.
    Thank you all for the gifts and the flowers,
    Thank you all, now it's back to the showers
    Don't tell Paul, but I'm not getting married today.

    JENNY: Bless this day,
    Tragedy of life
    Husband bound to wife
    The heart leaps up
    And feels dead
    This dreadful day.

    AMY: Listen everybody, look, I don't know what you're waiting for
    A wedding. What's a wedding? It's a prehistoric ritual
    Where everybody promises fidelity forever,
    Which is maybe the most horrifying word I ever heard of,
    Which is followed by a honeymoon, where suddenly he'll realize
    He's saddled with a nut, and want to kill me, which he should.
    Thanks a bunch, but I'm not getting married
    Go have lunch, 'cause I'm not getting married
    You've been grand, but I'm not getting married
    Don't just stand there, I'm not getting married
    And don't tell Paul, but I'm not getting married today.
    Go! Can't you go?
    Why is nobody listening?
    Goodbye! Go and cry
    At another person's wake.
    If you're quick, for a kick
    You could pick up a christening
    But please, on my knees,
    There's a human life at stake!
    Listen everybody, I'm afraid you didn't hear
    Or do you want to see a crazy lady fall apart in front of you?
    It isn't only Paul who would be ruining his life
    You know, we'll both of us be losing our identities
    I telephoned my analyst about it, and he said to see him Monday
    But by Monday I'll be floating in the Hudson with the other garbage.
    I'm not well, so I'm not getting married
    You've been swell, but I'm not getting married
    Clear the hall, 'cause I'm not getting married
    Thank you all, but I'm not getting married
    And don't tell Paul, but I'm not getting married today.

    JENNY: Bless this bride,
    Totally insane
    Slipping down the drain
    And bless this day in our hearts
    As it starts
    To rain.

    PAUL: Today is for Amy
    Amy, I give you the rest of my life
    To cherish and to keep you
    To honor you forever

    AMY: Go! Can't you go?
    Look, you know I adore you all
    But why watch me die
    Like Eliza on the ice?
    Look, perhaps I'll collapse
    In the apse right before you all
    So take back the cake
    Burn the shoes, and boil the rice.

    PAUL: Today is for Amy,
    My, happily, soon-to-be wife
    My adorable wife…

    AMY: Look, I didn't want to have to tell you,
    But I may be coming down with hepatitis, and I think I'm gonna faint
    So if you want to watch me faint, I'll do it happily,
    But wouldn't it be funnier to go and watch a funeral?
    So thank you for the twenty-seven dinner plates,
    Thirty-seven butter knives,
    Forty-seven paperweights,
    Fifty-seven candle holders

    PAUL: One more thing…

    AMY: I'm not getting married.

    CHOIR: Amen!

    PAUL: Softly said…

    AMY: But I'm not getting married.

    CHOIR: Amen!

    PAUL: With this ring…

    AMY: See, I'm not getting married!

    CHOIR: Amen!

    PAUL: I thee wed.

    AMY: Still, I'm not getting married!

    CHOIR: Amen!

    PAUL: Let us pray that we are getting married

    AMY: Let us pray that we're not getting married

    ALL: Today!

  3. I can’t explain why, but I watch this video perhaps ten times annually and it makes me cry EVERYTIME. I literally think it’s because I just love Sondheim so much. He’s such a blessing to musical theatre and music composition. I just…am a wreck. 😂

  4. Jesus she is so good at this hahahahah it’s so funny. Imagine that happening hahahahahah I wish I could see someone I know doing that.

  5. Ok, a quick assessment:
    Sondheim – the most genuine, kind and incredibly talented instructor/teacher/composer/whatever-you-want-to-call-him I’ve ever seen.
    Amy – incredibly talented and deserves every look she got from Sondheim
    The other girl – what happens when a classically-trained singer sings musical theatre
    Paul – shame on you
    The pianist – the silent assassin; didn’t waste any-ones time and nailed everything

  6. He’s a genius. I would kill to meet him and me and my friends have a lesson with this man. He’s so smart.

  7. hon these girls have obviously practiced so much and the guy just doesn’t have good tonal quality or breath support throughout

  8. My current teacher at school has worked a lot with Sondheim for years, and his name is Stuart. I wonder if he's playing the piano in this video, that would be amazing haha.

  9. I wish my father had demonstrated the same simultaneous love, attention, enthusiasm, belief in, and advice for me, that Soundheim provided to these students.

  10. I kind of wish he touched on more of their vocal stuff, but he was really good at fixing their acting moments.

  11. Getting Married Today

    Bless this day
    Pinnacle of life
    Husband joined to wife
    The heart leaps up to behold
    This golden day
    Today is for Emma
    Emma, I give you the rest of my life
    To cherish and to keep you, to honor you forever
    Today is for Emma
    My happily soon-to-be wife
    Pardon me, is everybody here? Because if everybody's here, I
    Want to thank you all for coming to the wedding, I'd appreciate
    Your going even more, I mean you must have lots of better things
    To do, and not a word of this to Will, remember Will, you know,
    The man I'm gonna marry, but I'm not, because I wouldn't ruin
    Anyone as wonderful as he is
    Thank you all
    For the gifts and the flowers,
    Thank you all,
    Now it's back to the showers,
    Don't tell Will,
    But I'm not getting married today.
    Bless this day
    Tragedy of life
    Husband joined to wife
    The heart sinks down and feels dead
    This dreadful day
    Listen, everybody, look, I don't know what you're waiting for,
    A wedding, what's a wedding, it's a prehistoric ritual
    Where everybody promises fidelity forever, which is
    Maybe the most horrifying word I ever heard of, which is
    Followed by a honeymoon, where suddenly he'll realize he's
    Saddled with a nut, and wanna kill me, which he should
    Thanks a bunch,
    But I'm not getting married
    Go have lunch,
    'Cause I'm not getting married
    You've been grand,
    But I'm not getting married
    Don't just stand there,
    I'm not getting married–
    And don't tell Will,
    But I'm not getting married today.
    Go, can't you go?
    Why is no-
    Body listening?
    Goodbye
    Go and cry
    At another person's wake
    If you're quick
    For a kick
    You could pick
    Up a christening
    But please
    On my knees
    There's a human life at stake!
    Listen everybody, I'm afraid you didn't hear, or do you want to
    See a crazy lady fall apart in front of you, it isn't only Will
    Who may be ruining his life, you know we'll both of us be losing
    Our identities, I telephoned my analyst about it and he said to
    See him Monday, but by Monday I'll be floating in the Hudson with
    The other garbage
    I'm not well,
    So I'm not getting married
    You've been swell,
    But I'm not getting married
    Clear the hall,
    'Cause I'm not getting married
    Thank you all,
    But I'm not getting married
    And don't tell Will,
    But I'm not getting married today.
    Bless this bride
    Totally insane
    Slipping down the drain
    And bless this day in our hearts
    As it starts
    To rain
    Today is for
    Go, can't you go? |Emma,
    Look, you know |Emma,
    I adore you all |I give you
    But why |The rest of
    Watch me die |My life,
    Like Eliza on the ice? |To cherish
    Look, perhaps |And to keep you,
    I'll collapse |To honor you
    In the apse |Forever,
    Right before you all, |Today is for Emma,
    So take |My happily
    Back the cake, |Soon-to-be
    Burn the shoes and boil the rice. |Wife,
    Look, I didn't wanna have to |My adorable
    Tell you, but I may be coming |Wife.
    Down with Hepatitis, and I
    Think I'm gonna faint, so if
    You wanna see me faint, I'll
    Do it happily, but wouldn't
    It be funnier to go and watch
    A funeral, so thank you for the
    Twenty-seven dinner plates,
    Thirty-seven butter knives,
    Forty-seven paperweights,
    Fifty-seven candleholders
    One more thing
    I am not getting married!
    Amen!
    Softly said
    But I'm not getting married!
    Amen!
    With this ring
    Still I'm not getting married!
    Amen!
    I thee wed.
    See, I'm not getting married!
    Amen!
    Let us pray Let us pray
    That we are getting married | That I'm not getting married
    Today! | Today!
    AMEN

  12. I really hate when the contemporary theater majors get thrown into the musical theater classes…this Paul is what happens when they do that

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