The Mayor Who Would be Sondheim

5 M, 1 W

The mayor of small New Jersey city is enamored of Broadway tunes and never met a crisis that couldn’t be addressed with some well-chosen lyrics. His love of Stephen Sondheim and other songwriters is put to a test as he attempts to lead the troubled city through a plethora of crises while running for another term. [HRC Theatre]

  • Finalist, Best New Play, Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2005
  • Finalist, Best Play, Stage 3 Theatre Company Festival, Sonora, CA, 2004
Production History: 

HRC Showcase Theatre, Hudson, NY, 2006
Director: Barbara Waldinger

The New York International Fringe Festival, NYC, 2005
Director: Tom Rowan

Stage 3 Theatre Company Festival, Sonora, CA, 2004

Reviews & Press

Race relations are hardly a novel theme, but it's refreshing to see a play tackle the issue head on. "The Mayor Who Would Be Sondheim," by John Doble, has some striking things to say on the topic.

Mr. Doble has worked in city government and on election campaigns, so the scenarios ring true...

Anne Midgette, The New York Times

It's a sparkling debate and very dramatically compelling to witness. . . .a worthwhile, well-considered, intelligent offering from the Fringe and I was glad to have seen it. [read more. . .]

Margo Channing, BroadwayWorld

First things first: John Doble’s The Mayor Who Would Be Sondheim is not a musical. This Mayor is more concerned with the hard choices that come with public office. Playwright Doble has written a thoughtful political treatise about the options (and limitations) of a city on the brink of financial ruin. Director Tom Rowan has assembled a strong cast (who) help The Mayor realize its potential as a strong political drama.

Michael Criscuolo, NYTheater