May 27, 2022

Sondheim Musical takes the Arts After Hours stage for three week production

by Felicia Cheney

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Lynn’s Community Theatre Arts After Hours returns this spring with Side by Side by Sondheim, running Fridays and Saturdays June 3-18, 2022.

Side by Side by Sondheim is a musical revue featuring the songs of late Broadway and film composer Stephen Sondheim, who passed away last year at age 91 after a lifetime of unparalleled contribution to the musical theatre genre. Its title is derived from the song “Side by Side by Side” from his musical Company.

Directed by Arts After Hours’ Producing Artistic Director, Samantha Gambaccini, Side by Side by Sondheim stars a regional cast of Salem’s Brad Goren-Wilson, Ryan B. Hebert of Ogunquit, ME, Somerville’s Lindsay McAuliffe, and Jo Ann Kaplan of Merrimack, NH. Music direction is by Malden’s Bethany Aiken, who some patrons may remember from Arts After Hours’ Next to Normal. Lighting Design by Bryan Lussier of Natick, Stage Management by Swampscott’s Katie Bohan (a senior at St. Mary’s in Lynn), with Technical Direction and Sound by Lynn’s Dave Simmons.

“Let’s have a joyful night at the theatre,” said Gambaccini. “We’ve all been through a lot, and while theatre can so often be a cathartic mirror of our societal woes, we chose to keep it light with this one. Come laugh with us, sing along to familiar melodies, and enjoy a night out with friends and family. 

Side by Side by Sondheim officially opens Saturday June 4th at 8:00PM and runs for three weekends with additional shows on Friday June 10th at 8:00PM, Saturday June 11th at 8:00PM, Friday June 17th at 8:00PM, and Saturday June 18th at both 2:00PM and 8:00PM. Donors and sponsors will receive a special invitation to a preview performance on Friday June 3, which is open to anyone who supports this show or next season. 

Tickets to Side by Side by Sondheim are now on sale online at You can also purchase tickets by calling the Box Office at (781) 205-4010 or by emailing Send an email for more information about receiving an invitation to the Friday June 3 event.

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