Swiftly Sondheim

A One-Night-Only Cabaret
February 19, 2024
Sarah Chapin
Josh Cleveland

Join lifelong Taylor Swift and Stephen Sondheim fan Sarah Chapin (Keegan’s Merrily We Roll Along) for an evening celebrating these lyrical geniuses, and the top artists on her Spotify Wrapped for as long as she can remember.

Sondheim and Swift come from different musical worlds, but are both storytellers whose mastery of lyrics have made them highly respected in their separate styles. The titan of the American Musical Theatre, Sondheim penned such seminal hits as “Send in the Clowns,” “Worst Pies in London,” and “Being Alive” in his 20 musicals, while pop icon Taylor Swift continues to showcase her ability to shapeshift from era to era in her 10 albums. Still, despite their genre-shaping work, what do “Love Story” and “Tonight” from West Side Story have in common? How do the sentiments Swift penned as a teenager pair with Sondheim’s innovative musical storytelling?

Music director and pianist Josh Cleveland (Keegan’s Elegies) and special guests join Sarah to take you on a tour through Sondheim’s and Swift’s hits. Break out those Eras Tour outfits and your Sondheim swag (we all did Into the Woods in high school right?) and join us at Keegan for this one-night-only cabaret!

Sarah Stewart Chapin

SARAH CHAPIN (Vocalist) began her professional career at Keegan in 2011 and continues to work for and perform with various theatres in the D.C. area. Selected credits include: The Keegan Theatre: Merrily We Roll Along (Mary Flynn), An Irish Carol (Anna), Seussical (Gertrude), Spring Awakening (Martha), Cabaret (Helga, Sally u/s), The Lonesome West (Girleen). Virginia Stage Company: Fun Home (Medium Alison). Harmony Japan: Disney on Classic 2019 Tour (Featured Vocalist). Yale University, BA in Theatre Studies. Sarah is a proud member of the Development Team at Signature Theatre and encourages all audiences to continue to support local regional theaters.

JOSH CLEVELAND (Pianist) is an educator, music director, singer, accompanist, composer, and lyricist, and a current participant in the BMI musical theatre songwriting workshop in New York City. Recent music direction credits include Keegan Theatre’s Elegies, Reston Community Players’ Bright Star, and Creative Cauldron’s Daddy Long Legs. He also serves as a collaborative pianist for Young Artists of America and the resident music director and accompanist for La Ti Do DC.